Review – Malala Yousafzai

Abouraya, Karen Leggett. Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. Collages by Susan Roth. New York: Lee & Low, 2019. 

MALALA_Y cover

Summary from publisher’s web site 

Growing up in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai loved books and school. But in 2009, the Taliban came to power and closed all schools for girls. Malala, just eleven years old, began to speak and blog about the right of all children to receive an education.

Soon fighting broke out and Malala’s family fled the Swat Valley. After the fighting ceased, they returned home, and Malala continued to speak out. That’s when she was shot by a Taliban gunman, but her life-threatening injury only strengthened Malala’s resolve. In 2013, just nine months after being attacked, Malala addressed the United Nations about the right of every child to receive an education, and in 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At age seventeen, she was the youngest person ever to receive this honor.

This book is more than a biography of a brave, outspoken girl who continues to fight for the millions of children worldwide who are not able to go to school. It is also a testament to the power of education to change the world for girls and boys everywhere.

My Review 

Malala Yousafzai is an important young person in today’s world. She stood up for education for all. Children in our schools need to be exposed to her story. Karen Abouraya has written a text that younger elementary students can understand. Teachers can use it as a read aloud or assign it to be read by mid elementary students. Her book has a place in a social studies unit or a biography unit. Susan Roth illustrated the text with collages. They would make excellent examples to use as a springboard for an art lesson. They go well with the text. I recommend Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words.

I would not hesitate to add Malala Yousafzai to my k-12 Christian school library, and probably will. 

I received a complimentary copy of Malala Yousafzai from Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This is my honest review. 

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