Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just fifteen-years-old, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala, but even this did not stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ensure the education of all children around the world.
Malala’s courage and conviction will inspire young readers in this beautifully illustrated biography. – Goodreads
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education Review
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education is the second children’s book I have read about Malala Yousafzai. It is, for the most part, beautifully illustrated. The artist has a great eye for colors and patterns that draw the eye and help hold young children’s (and flighty adults) attention to the page. They are clear enough that even if a child cannot read well, the pictures may be able to help them understand what is going on.
The story of Malala is one that most people know at this point. A brave young girl and her father dared to take a stand against the restrictions imposed by traditions and religion. As a result, Malala ends up getting shot in the head. Luckily, she survived, and her ordeal not only drew worldwide attention but helped to propel her and her activism even further into the public eye. Malala is a gorgeous young woman who is driven to help disadvantaged young girls and women across the world. She knows what is important, and she’s doing everything that she can to change it. She’s also a gifted speaker that can put things very clearly into terms that anyone can understand.
The author did a solid job of telling the story in Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education . He clearly lays out her brief history, highlighting all the important points without going into too much detail. At the back of the book, after all of the illustrations are done and the story is over, he has included more information about the young activist in a way that will appeal to older readers. This is perhaps a perfect addendum for adults who have read the simple story to their children and want to know more. This includes a timeline, information about Pakistan, the Pashtun People, etc. He educates readers about the status of girls and their ability to go to school, Malala’s take on religion, her influences, and ends with some of her best-known quotes.
Overall, this is a good book that clearly communicates the information about Malala Yousafzai for both younger and older readers. The combination of illustrations in the beginning and the mostly black and white photos in the back provide a range of visual stimulation. It is well-written, enjoyable, and educational.
Note: While I have primarily stopped reviewing nonfiction kids titles, this is a book that was scheduled months ago, and therefore was ‘grandfathered’ in.