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12 Books for Malala Day

Given my penchant for checking out the national day calendar, I discovered that July 12 is Malala Day. It is her birthday, and incidentally, also the day when she gave her first (now historic) speech at the UN. So for today’s post, I have a list of 12 Books for Malala Day, along with additional reading resources.

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12 Books for Malala Day

So here are 12 books for Malala Day to help celebrate and be inspired by Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words

Title: Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words
Author: Karen Leggett Abouraya
Illustrator: L.C. Wheatley
Length: 36 pages
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction/Biographies
Publisher: StarWalk Kids Media (January 29, 2014)
Age Range: 4- 7 years
Source: My e-library

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I truly loved the collage style artwork here. This book works well for younger readers to introduce them to Malala; and its easy-to-read text combined with unique artwork make it a great addition to classrooms and homes.

Malala’s Magic Pencil

malala's magic pencil

Title: Malala’s Magic Pencil
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Illustrator: Kerascoet
Length: 48 pages
Genre:
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
Age Range: 4- 8 years
Source: My e-library

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Beautiful illustrations add to a wonderful inspirational story retold for younger audiences in this book.

Dear Malala, We Stand with You

Title: Dear Malala, We Stand with You
Author: Rosemary McCarney
Length: 32 pages
Genre:
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (October 28th 2014)
Age Range: 4- 8 years

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A very unique photo-essay book that features girls from around the globe sending their support for Malala Yousafzai.

Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala

Title: Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala
Author/Illustrator: Lina Maslo
Publishers: Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: January 23rd 2018
Genre: Nonfiction/Biographies
Age-Range: 4 – 8 years

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Loved the artwork in this book! Another biography of Malala written in easy to understand text with beautiful illustrations that are bound to keep young readers invested and interested.

For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story

For the right to learn Malala

Title: For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Author: Rebecca Langston-George /Illustrator: Janna Bock
Publishers: Capstone Young Readers
Pub Date: August 1, 2015
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books
Age-Range: 8 – 11 years

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This is a beautiful book, both in lyrical text taking young readers through Malala’s story, and its gorgeous artwork. You can read my complete review here.

We Are Displaced

Title: We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 8th 2019)
Age Range: Teen and Young Adult

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Heart-rending, eye-opening, inspiring, and totally one where I wonder what more can each of us do to help. Detailed review to follow. A must read.

The following three books are all different versions of the same book, written with different age groups in mind. They are all based on the book I am Malala

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

Title: Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick, Sarah J. Robbins
Illustrator: Joanie Stone
Length: 176 pages
Genre:Children’s Biographies
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 9th 2018)
Age Range: 6 -10 years
Source: My e-library

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This is an abridged version of Malala’s original book written for younger readers; and definitely well written. Considering I am reading the original version currently, I can see it has been adapted really well for the target audience. A must read.

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Title: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Author:  Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
Illustrator: Kerascoet
Length: 256 pages
Genre:
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2016)
Age Range: Teen and YA
Source: Library

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While I am yet to read this version of Malala’s book written with teenage audiences in mind (the previous one in the list for the youngest audiences, while the next one written by Malala was for adults), based on the other two reads, this is bound to be a great read as well!!

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Title: I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Length: 327 pages
Genre: Women’s Biographies
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(October 8, 2013)
Source: Library

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I am currently reading this one; and find it totally empowering, inspiring, and an eye-opener. Detailed review to follow.

The next three books are books where Malala’s story is one among many; and each one inspiring;

Rad Women Worldwide

Title: Rad Women Worldwide
Author: Kate Schatz / Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrations), Elia Maqueda (Translator)
Publishers: Ten Speed Press
Pub Date: September 27th 2016
Genre: Teen & YA
Age-Range: 11 – 17 years
Source: Library

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I absolutely loved the diversity in this book – across continents, across roles women played, and across timelines. One sure to appeal to all ages.

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World

Title: She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World
Author: Kathy MacMillan, Manuela Bernardi
Illustrator: Kathrin Honesta
Length: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Biographies
Publisher: Familius (March 1, 2019)
Age Range: 5-7 years

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I enjoyed reading about the women featured in the book – words and illustrations. A book that will be a good and inspiring addition to home and school libraries, especially in the US.

Peace and Me

Title: Peace and Me
Author: Ali Winter
Illustrator: Mickaël El Fathi
Format: Hardback
Release date: 21st September 2018
Page number: 32
Age range: 7-11 years
Published by Lantana Publishing and distributed by Lerner Publishing in the US

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This book is a visual masterpiece and a powerhouse of peace! This is truly a wonderful addition to school and classroom libraries and to bookshelves at home as well. A totally keepable, giftable book in my opinion…

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And I decided to include a bonus list of resources, for those other ongoing conversations we should continue to have.

Bonus Lists

This was a list I had started out with an intent to include those that address race and racism directly or majorly in the book. But as I researched in my archives of books read and reviewed, and found related books I needed to add to my reading list, the selection grew to include more(many more) books about diversity. In the end, I decided to include a list of reading lists I found across the internet.

Reading List for Conversations on Race/Racism

Resources List

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Dear reader, any other inspiring biographies to add? About any one else? And hope this list of 12 books for Malala Day inspire you to add one of them to your reading lists!

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13 thoughts on “12 Books for Malala Day

  1. What a wonderful set of books for children of all ages to read about beautiful Malala. Sometimes it’s the children that we learn from more than adults. Happy Malala day!

  2. These look beautifully illustrated and so inspiring! And I had no idea that she actually gave her speech on her birthday. Thanks for sharing these, and for the bonus lists at the end as well! I always appreciate resources that give me ideas to help teach my daughter about global events and social justice.

  3. My son did his 2nd grade book report biography on Malala. What an incredible inspiration to all! Thank you for recommending all these books. He read a few of them but now he’s older, he can probably tackle the longer ones.

  4. My daughter just did her last book report on Malala. What a wonderful person and someone to read more about. This looks like a great collection of books to choose from.

  5. Wow. I had no idea that there were so many books published about Malala! I am going to check these out and try to incorporate some into my lesson planning for the next school year! Thanks for sharing!

  6. WOW…these books look amazing, and so inspirational! I had no idea there were so many…I’ve never read any of them but I guess we could all learn so much…

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