On December 10th, 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. At that moment, she received a much-deserved award for her activism towards promoting the educating of all individuals, but more importantly, her story of bravery during the most terrifying times resonated loudly for all the world to hear. It is a story of courage and strength, and it is a story that our children must grow up knowing.
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story is a beautiful picture book that depicts Malala’s fight to have an equal education. This book tells Malala’s story in a manner that is honest, but appropriate, for younger readers. The pictures are just stunning, and Malala’s mission to fight for a fair education for girls like her resounded loudly through the entire story.
I have read many stories featuring Malala Yousfazi, and For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story is my favorite one that I have found so far. I think the kid-friendly text and detailed illustrations really are what set this book apart from all the other stories feature Malala. However, it is of my opinion that this picture book would be a better fit for upper elementary students.
Although the text is kid-friendly, the realities behind Malala’s tale are violent and scary. She was shot in the head by Taliban members, and she has continued to receive more death threats after she survived her brutal attack. That idea alone would be a little too much for early readers, but the message of courage is something upper elementary students should hear.