The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim

I think this is a good example of a children’s story that may be more powerful for adults because the message/theme is so beautifully strong. I liked this story and the illustrations were in perfect balance between enhancing the story without overpowering it. I think this will a Christmas present not only for daughters but a few of my friends as well.


Too girly or too boyish. Too thin or too fat. Too quiet, too loud. Be ambitious, but don’t hurt feelings. Be inquisitive, but don’t interrupt. Be outspoken, but don’t be bossy. Most of all, be yourself—but be a lady.
What’s a girl to do in a world filled with contradicting gender expectations, aside from saying sorry?
The way we teach politeness norms to children is often confusing, changing based on gender—and can have lasting effects. And while everyone should be courteous and accountable for their actions, apologetic language out of context can undermine confidence and perceived capability.
Within the subtle yet beautiful illustrations and powerful rhyme of “The Girl Who Said Sorry”, developing girls will learn that self-expression and personal choices can be made without apology, and with confidence.
50% of profits from this book is donated to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign dedicated to empowering young girls to take action on global issues.



Hayoung Yim is a third-wave feminist, environmentalist, advocate for evidence-based public policies, and diverse writer.
A UofT graduate in political science and English, she strives to highlight issues to developing children in an approachable manner.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, where she dreams about implementing social change through popular culture.
In her spare time, she likes to travel through time and space.


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