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New Excerpt From Malala Yousafzai's Picture Book Will Make You Feel Things

Thought-provoking illustrations will inspire activism

As we reported earlier this summer, activist Malala Yousafzai is spreading her inspirational voice through her upcoming children's picture book Malala’s Magic Pencil.

 

The book, which reaches bookshelves on October 17th, encourages activism and cultural awareness. Luckily for us, we now have a preview of her incredible book and it's giving us all the feels.

 

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Via Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 

Malala’s Magic Pencil narrates Yousafzai’s childhood dream of acquiring a magic pencil to change the world. While she initially hopes to use the magical pencil to change little everyday things, such as getting an extra hour of sleep or making her loved ones happy, her exposure to the world’s cruel realities influences her to use her power to make a difference.

 

With the pen in hand, Malala shares her unique voice with others, giving them a deeper insight into her culture. 

 

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Via Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 

Though the book is indeed a children’s book, the central theme introduces very mature topics. The book signifies the power that a voice can have in acknowledging social problems and making others aware of them. Yousafzai’s voice as a blogger for BBC has given readers a startling insight into the lifestyle people face under Taliban rule.

 

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Via Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 

Her desire to use her voice to recognize cultural issues has had noticeable results. In 2012, she was shot in the face by a masked gunman as she boarded a school bus. Against all odds, she's persevered and used her harrowing experience as a source of strength. In marketing material provided by Little, Brown, Yousafzai said:

 

I have met many young children who want to know about what happened in my life and why I believe in education for all, so it was important for me to share my story with them.

 

For this age, a picture book felt like the best way - to use pictures and to simplify the events in a way that younger kids can understand. There are scary parts to my story or details that are complicated toe explain, but I wanted to be able to share it with a younger audience as best as I could.

 

Malala's Magic Pencil will be released on October 17.

 

Featured Image Courtesy of 'Colourbox'/'Little, Brown Books for Young Readers'