Malala wrote a magical new image guide, impressed by her personal childhood (and we now have a sneak peek)

Malala Yousafzai’s life has been something however bizarre. 

Born in 1997 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, the now 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize-winner rose to fame by talking out in regards to the significance of women’ schooling, and he or she was focused by the Taliban for it. By way of her signature tenacity and highly effective voice, Malala’s early activism has since grown into a global motion.

In her forthcoming image guide, Malala’s Magic Pencil, Malala returns to her childhood to show youthful readers in regards to the significance of hope, believing in magic, and making the world a greater place.

Early within the guide, as proven within the unique besides beneath, she writes how she used to observe a TV present referred to as Shaka Laka Growth Growth when she was youthful, a couple of boy named Sanju and his magic pencil. She wished one for herself — she’d use it to make her family members pleased, do away with the odor of rubbish that lingered in her metropolis, and even add an additional hour of sleep within the morning.

However she quickly realized that there have been so many extra essential issues on the earth that wanted fixing, and whether or not or not she ever did discover her personal magic pencil, she may nonetheless encourage optimistic change. Once you discover your voice, Malala believes, each pencil might be magic.


“This image jogs my memory of how we used to observe TV,” Yousafzai mentioned about this excerpt, illustrated by the French artist duo Kerascoët. “My brothers sitting on the bottom, and me being curious. It was a peaceable time in Swat Valley, and I prefer to be reminded of that point in my life.”

These conversant in the story of her life to date — which has been coated extensively within the media, in addition to her 2013 memoir I Am Malala and the 2015 documentary He Named Me Malala — know that peaceable childhood was short-lived.

“It was a peaceable time in Swat Valley, and I prefer to be reminded of that point in my life.”

After running a blog below a pen identify for the BBC about life below Taliban rule, and steadily gaining international prominence for her work, Malala was shot by a masked gunman who boarded her college bus on Oct. 9, 2012. It took months of surgical procedures and rehabilitation for her to heal, however she finally recuperated. Now residing within the UK, Malala has fought for the world’s most weak ladies ever since.

Malala’s Magic Pencil advances that mission, and goals to show kids between four and eight years previous about her life, and the way not all kids get the identical alternatives.

“I’ve met many younger kids who wish to find out about what occurred in my life and why I imagine in schooling for all, so it was essential for me to share my story with them,” Malala mentioned in advertising supplies supplied by Little, Brown.

“For this age, an image guide felt like one of the best ways — to make use of footage and to simplify the occasions in a method that youthful youngsters can perceive. There are scary elements to my story or particulars which might be sophisticated to clarify, however I wished to have the ability to share it with a youthful viewers as finest as I may,” she mentioned.


Malala, who simply joined Twitter this summer time, revealed the duvet of Malala’s Magic Pencil with a tweet on Aug. three. She adopted up with a heartwarming photograph of her mom studying it.

“So pleased that my mom, Toor Pekai, who’s studying English, is the primary one to learn the guide,” she mentioned.

Malala is at the moment on a six-month “Woman Energy Journey,” assembly younger ladies in North America, Latin America, the Center East, Europe, and Africa, earlier than she begins school at Oxford College within the fall. The journey culminates with the guide being revealed on Oct. 17 from writer Little, Brown.

When requested what she hopes kids take away from Malala’s Magic Pencil, Malala mentioned:

“I hope that they discover their magic pencil. My magic pencil was my voice. I personally am curious what they’ll be taught from this guide, and I hope they’re going to attain out and inform me.”

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