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Better Connected
How Girls Are Using Social Media for Good
By (author): Tanya Lloyd Kyi By (author): Julia Kyi Illustrated by: Vivian Rosas
Tanya Lloyd Kyi , Julia Kyi ,

Illustrated by :

Vivian Rosas


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 3 - 7, Grade (US) 3 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
May 17, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7 x 0.5 in | 540 gr

Page Count:

112 pages


29 Colour illustrations , 86 Halftones, color
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Computers / Internet & Social Media
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Social media|Interest age: from c 9 years|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Politics|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Diversity and inclusion
  • Short Description
Part of the nonfiction Orca Think series for middle-grade readers, this illustrated book is an inspiring look at the positive and creative ways girls are using social media.
Show Up! Team Up! Speak Up!

The online world has real dangers, but girls around the world are using social media to create positive change and practice good digital citizenship.

You've probably seen media stories about the ways girls interact online, with headlines like "Depression in Girls Linked to Higher Use of Social Media," or "Half of Girls Are Bullied on Social Media." Better Connected focuses on the less-recognized and positive aspects of the online experiences of girls. From environmental activism to gun control, immigration policy to education access, girls are leading the way. They're showing up, teaming up and speaking up. With profiles of real changemakers and practical tools for getting started, Better Connected is an inspiring look at the amazing things girls can accomplish online.

Key Selling Points

  • This book profiles girls who are using social media to make change for the better, while offering the opportunity to talk about the dangers of online interactions and how to practice good digital citizenship.
  • Gives girls the practical tools (and inspiration) to create positive online experiences.
  • Speaks to the reality of online experience for girls today. In Canada, one in four kids owns a cell phone by grade four. The average American child receives a cell phone at age 10. Half of 7th graders and 80% of teens have their own social media accounts.
  • Better Connected explores themes of internet safety, feminism, diversity, intersectionality, education for girls in developing countries and community.
  • Tanya Lloyd Kyi has written many books on social justice and technology topics for young readers and co-wrote this book with her teenage daughter Julia.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than 25 books for children and young adults. She often writes about science, pop culture, history or a combination of the three. Her recent titles include Me and Banksy and This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes. Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Contributor Website

Julia Kyi is a student and youth activist. Julia is an avid user of Instagram and a believer in the power of social media to make positive change. She is a co-founder of The Daily Feminist, an organization that offers resources and workshops for feminist education. She’s planning to complete a social justice degree before applying to law school. Julia lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vivian Rosas is a Toronto based queer Mestizx/Latinx multidisciplinary artist who seeks to explore themes of feminism, empowerment and diversity within her work. Her goal is to create imagery that expresses a sense of inclusiveness for underrepresented communities. Her practices include illustration, murals and dance.

Marketing and Promotional Plans
  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Will provide [readers] with inspiration and resources...Adult readers, both teacher and parents, who are sometimes dismissive of, or dismayed by, the amount of time their students or children are spending on social media, can learn about the positive aspects of those online experiences. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Both a history of social media and a guide to using it in a positive way…The usefulness of the information, and the breadth of support it offers for additional purposes, more than justifies its place on library shelves. Recommended” - School Library Connection

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