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.
Writing this post as a series for the Ultimate Blog Challenge and Write 31 Days. 31 Days, 31 Books! This is for Day Sixteen (and I need to catch up on days 17 and 18)