Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

by Malala Yousafzai, Adapted by Sarah J. Robbins (2018)

A Sweet Spot and Intermediate title.

Picture Book Companion available.


This new edition of Malala’s story is only 172 pages – ideal for elementary and upper elementary school shared reading.

The story of Malala Yousafzai – the Afghan girl who defied the Taliban, was attacked and injured, and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize – is deservedly well known. By adults. But each succeeding wave of young people deserves to know her story.

The young readers edition of Malala’s best-selling book has been available from Read to Them for middle school students for several years. Now, finally, a new shorter edition of her story has arrived, still told in her own words, but compelling and accessible for an elementary school audience.

Malala’s story is both instructive and inspiring. It is important for students to read about other children in other countries grappling with questions most of us don’t have to face – questions as fundamental as, “Are you forbidden from going to school because you’re a girl?”

Malala inspires because she does not give up. Not when the Taliban take over her village. Not when they threaten her. Not when they attack her! She writes her story. She speaks internationally. She demonstrates that one young person can truly change in the world.

Malala’s story is also real. She writes like a kid about her life: inspired and encouraged by her father, cooking with her mother, playing games and watching TV with her brothers. When the Taliban comes, it disrupts her life, but you never lose the sense that she’s a kid, not an adult, grappling with world-shaking questions. And she desperately wants to go to school, an unexpected message that ought not be lost on our own young people. No one can take education for granted after reading Malala, My Story of Standing Up for Girl’s Rights.