Middle School

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick





Racial Diversity

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” 

Malala Yousafzai was raised to stand up for what she believes. She took this to heart as her conviction was severely challenged when the Taliban took control of her formally peaceful town. Despite their tactics of fear and violence, Malala continued to stand up for the freedom of education for all– including girls. 

This daring idea was met with fierce resistance from the extremists. In defying the Taliban, Malala nearly lost her life. After surviving their vicious attack, she used her second chance at life to further commit herself to ensuring that all girls can receive the education they deserve.

If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” 

I Am Malala is Malala Yousafzai’s memoir, providing her first-hand account of the remarkable story of a girl who wanted to change the world – and did. Encouraged by her forward-thinking father, Malala becomes the good in the world, attempting to counter the evil of extremism. In an effort to make the world a better place, Malala realizes that daunting task must start with her. Malala sees the world as a family, meant to help those that are suffering. Everyone must pitch in and do their part. Doubting that her one small voice might make a difference, Malala persevered and spoke out publicly, insisting on education for girls. She has become a prominent figure in the world representing peace and equality. Her straight-forward narrative captures its audience and challenges readers to speak up to make things better.

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” 

Malala’s story will open our eyes to a vastly different culture and make us believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the amazing impact of one person. What better message for families to share together? Malala will inspire the young activists in our children to do what is right and make a difference in the world. Malala’s readers, both young and old, will be motivated to do more and be more than they ever thought possible.

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoët
Companion to I Am Malala and Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

This nonfiction picture book covers the same scope as Malala’s other books for young readers with simpler text and rich illustrations, with metallic accents showing the world as it should be.

A Picture Book Companion is an add-on that can expand the reach of your school-wide reading program when the chapter book might contain themes that are too complex for younger readers, especially your preschoolers. Now everyone can be included! This book even comes with its own set of resources similar to those for the chapter book. You can request to include the Picture Book Companion on the Request A Quote page when requesting a quote on the chapter book above.  Picture Book Companions often have an up-charge that will be communicated to you on your quote.

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