Having read the story of Malala’s life so far and blogging about her biography back in January, I have been trying to find her story written in a format accessible for more children in primary school. We often study iconic people in history who have fought for freedoms and rights such as Martin Luther King or the Suffragette movement, but I think that alongside this we should be learning about the people in our time who are making history with their campaigns and beliefs. Malala Yousafzai has won a Nobel Peace prize for
her work which aims to provide all children across the world with an education. Her life in Pakistan was threatened by extremists who did not believe that girls should go to school. She blogged her thoughts and experiences of living under such regime – a brave thing to do in such uncertain times. Unfortunately she was attacked by the extremist group, the Taliban, and came to England to be treated for her injuries. She now is known world wide as an ambassador for young people everywhere; a voice for those unable to speak out and demand the right to an education.
This picture book by Rebecca Langston-George tells Malala’s story in a sensitive and captivating way appropriate for primary aged children. It could prove to be a valuable tool for discussion of the wider world or as a comparison to other key figures in the human rights movement. If you are interested in the biography written for a teenage audience, why not read my recommendation from January here.