Malala for the Whole Family

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
—Malala Yousafzai

Today I have books about Malala Yousafzai for the entire family. Malala is the Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion for girls’ rights around the world who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 while on her way home from school. Her story is an empowering one that we can all benefit from, and it is one that we should be sharing with the young people in our lives, both boys and girls. Pictured above from left to right are her memoir for adults, for young adults, and for children, as well as a picture book. Detailed information about each appears below. Happy reading!

Title: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
For: Adults
Special Features: Two insets of color pictures, a glossary, a timeline of important events in Swat, and a reading group guide
ISBN: 9780316322409 (Hardcover), 9780316322423 (Paperback)
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This is the bestselling memoir by Malala that tells the story of her life from her birth until her family’s resettlement in Birmingham. Malala’s first person narration so perfectly captures her life as a little girl, the enormity of what happened to her, and the stakes of the work she is doing. She describes going to an important event, where she is the speaker of honor, but she doesn’t neglect to mention what she wore (a pink shalwar kameez). I loved hearing about how competitive she was at school and how much she enjoyed learning. The relationship between her and her father is touching: he was an activist, and I loved seeing how he encouraged her to speak up and be a part of his work. I really enjoyed learning about Pashto culture and also about the origins of the Taliban, which are two things I really didn’t know much about before. All the stars!

 

Title: I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
Author: Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
For: Ages 11–17
Special Features: Two insets of color pictures, a glossary, and a timeline of important events
ISBN: 9780316311199 (Hardcover), 9780316327916 (Paperback)
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This is Malala’s memoir, rewritten for young adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights
Author: Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
For: Ages 8–12
Special Features: Illustrations; boxes with cultural, religious, and political notes throughout the text; a glossary, and a short timeline
ISBN: 9780316527149 (Hardcover), 9781526361592 (Paperback)
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This is also Malala’s memoir but this time, rewritten for younger readers. It is appropriate for kids to read on their own and would also make a great read-along. It is short enough to hold smaller kids’ attention but long enough to tell the whole story. It it also really visually appealing, with a large spaced-out font and periodic line illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Malala’s Magic Pencil
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Illustrator: Kerascoët
For: Ages 4–8
ISBN: 9780316319577 (Hardcover)
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This picture book begins with Malala wishing she had a magic pencil like the one a favorite TV character has. She imagines all the changes she would make using the pencil. By the end of the story, Malala discovers that she does indeed have a magic pencil of sorts—her voice. This is an empowering story with really fantastic illustrations, and is one of my favorite nonfiction picture books ever.

 

 

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