For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Title: For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Author: Rebecca Langston-George
Illustrator: Janna Bock
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (August 1, 2015)
Series: Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books
Age Range: 8 – 11 years
Hardcover: 40 pages
Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration, a volcano of hope indeed! Children (and adults) need to know who she is. Reading about her courage, her persistence, and her fight for the right to learn will definitely inspire everyone. Therefore, it was (and will be) a totally awesome feeling to read this book. It tells her story – all of it, including the hard facts of her attempted murder, with the right balance of sensitivity and information. The book also mentions the Taliban’s reign of terror and the horrors they mitigated, both with text and pictures, but does it subtly and movingly.
Her story teaches us not to take education for granted, but instead to treat it as a privilege. This book is a must-add to libraries everywhere – home, schools, public libraries – for its messages of female empowerment, the right to education, the fight against terrorism with words and courage, and for peace everywhere.
The text might still be a bit intense and lengthy for younger readers, so it makes sense for adults to read it beforehand so they can discuss the book. Another Malala book that works well for the younger readers is Malala’s Magic Pencil, reviewed here. The illustrations are emotional and colorful. The gorgeous artwork does a wonderful job of portraying defiance, fear, happiness, and more, making it a beautiful add-on to the story.
As a bonus, I learned many facts that I had not known of before. This gave an additional insight into Malala’s life, like the one pictured below. The text mentions how Malala used the art of henna to learn, when the Taliban forbade learning for girls.
Since the eARC (Advance Review Copy) of the book from NetGalley expired a while ago, I acquired a copy of the book to read it again and review it well. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with the initial eARC of this book and introducing me to the same.
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Question to you, dear readers: Who has inspired you recently, and why? Do let me know. Do you have any other books similar to this for recommendation? Would love to read them.
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19 thoughts on “Book Review: For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story”
It’s more than education issues that Malala represents. It’s the commitment to ensure that rights are rights- and the courage to withstand intimidation.
What an inspiration this young woman represents!
That’s true Roy. She stands for the concept of rights itself, and truly inspiring
I had not idea that one person (one child) could make that much of a difference. I want to read this book too. Happy reading, Kippi
thank you Kippi. It is so inspiring to read about her; and her story helps us tell our young ones that they can make a difference too.
I like the idea of using books to promote women empowerment. I will buy this and share this with my little sister! Thanks for the recommendation.
Thank you Karla 🙂 and a double thanks if you end up buying via my link..I am sure your little sis will enjoy the book as I did
This is really good and informative. You have created the article very well. Many will be benefitted from it who loves Malala’s books.
Thank you Monidipa!
Thank you for sharing this review, this reminds me that I should buy some more books to read in the evening
thank you Chloe, click thru and buy them 🙂 and my blog thanks you for your support too
I love reading books and I’d appreciate getting my hands on this one. What excites me most is the fact that the book shows the importance of education. More knowledge is definitely worth it!
Thank you Dalene. This is truly a beautiful read – in the story, the message, and the artwork! Thank you for your support
I was thinking about reading this book and had forgotten so thank you for jogging my memory! Incredible story.
I do love this type of story, the kind of person that she represents. Your review is really good, can’t wait to see the next one.
thank you Melissa!
Seems like a great book to check out. I’ve been inspired lately by Tiffany Hadish in her new book.
Thank you Bee.I need to check out the book you mention
I haven’t read the book but have wanted to ever since!! Her story reinstates that each on of us has the ability to shake the world!!