Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-For The Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

My Friend Alyson Beecher at Kid Lit Frenzy hosts weekly link up to share Nonfiction Picture Books. Please visit her amazing website.

For The Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story
by Rebecca Langston George
Illustrated by Janna Bock
Available September 2015
Capstone Press
Nonfiction Picture Book
42 pages
Digital Review copy obtained by Netgalley

Goodreads Summary
She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.

My Thoughts
Many people are familiar with Malala's story. This book provides information about her story for younger readers in a matter of fact and informative way. The book opens with Malala receiving her Nobel Peace Prize and then flashes back to her early educational experiences. I love how the importance of education and the determination of Malala and her friends to receive an education is at the forefront of this story. The author scaffolds the information in bite-sized pieces that make it easier to understand. Original quotes are woven into the narration and add to the authenticity of the story. The illustrations really bring the story to life and have a soft Disney-like feel to them. I loved the muted earth tones of the desert scenes. Children in America often take their freedoms for granted because they are unaware of the struggles of people in other countries. Of course her shooting and the Taliban is discussed so you will need to be prepared to talk about it. I will definitely be sharing Malala's powerful story with my class this fall. 

Further Reading


  1. I didn't know about this title. Thanks for the review Gigi and the covers of other titles to share. Dear Malala is one we love.

  2. Cool, a new Malala book. I loved Warrior with Words.

  3. I read I Am Malala earlier this year and am thrilled to see that there are children's books available also. Thank you!

    Math is Elementary

  4. I like that this one is written for younger students, but they also didn't make light of her story. I'll be on the lookout for it in the fall!

  5. We absolutely love reading books about Malala - Have you read Malala a Brave Girl from Pakistan? http://assessmentinperspective.com/?p=2591

  6. Great post Gigi about a remarkable young woman. Thanks for sharing the additional titles.

  7. I really appreciate all these themed books. I'm going to try and get a copy of this one to read.