Malala’s Magic Pencil

Author(s):  Malala Yousafzai

Illustrator:  Kerascoët

Award(s):  2018, Winner Book for Younger Children

Suggested Ages:  Award Year 2018

Publisher:  Coming soon!

Publish Date:  Coming soon!


Malala’s Magic Pencil, written by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoët, and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is the Winner in the Books for Younger Children category. - -   Malala’s Magic Pencil begins Malala’s life story with a dream; she wishes for a magic pencil that will draw her heart’s desires—a lock on her door, an extra hour in bed, a new ball. When she sees a girl her age working in the city dump, her intentions for that magic pencil become serious. After powerful, armed men prevent some girls from attending school, she knows that dreaming for a magic pencil is not enough. She picks up a real pencil and writes about her life in Pakistan. Her words gain international attention and, at the same time, the attention of  dangerous men who brutally attack her school bus in an attempt to silence her. Malala’s courageous words rally millions around the globe who join her campaign for women’s rights, equality, and education. Illustrations of her dreams glisten with gold and partner with lyrical text affirming Malala’s words: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

Key Character Identities:  Award Year 2018

Historical Characters:  Award Year 2018

Social Justice Issues:  Award Year 2018

Themes:  Award Year 2018

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