Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Book for Kids To Inspire Change

I have read some wonderful biographies lately for kids.  They deal with being young in war torn countries and they just pull at your heartstrings.  But they are also incredibly inspiring as they show us the resolve and resilience of young people to bring about change.

Taking Flight is a beautiful look at a ballerina from Sierra Leone which I profiled a few weeks ago, and the book I am profiling today, Malala, takes us behind the scenes to the life and struggles of the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Title: I Am Malala

Authors: Malala Yousafzai & Patricia McCormick

Target:Grades 5 and up

What this book is about: 
This book is about Malala, the youngest ever Novel Peace Prize winner.  It profiles her life in Pakistan as the Taliban took control of her town.  It shows how she and her father raised their voices in defense of girls going to school and how she nearly lost her life at the hands of the Taliban.  It also discusses her recovery and what she is doing to make sure girls get an education.

Why I love this book: 
This book was more difficult for me to read because I have children of my own and I could only imagine how Malala’s parents felt.  Of course understanding the courage it took for Malala’s family to stand up for the rights of girls, despite the threats leveled against them, is inspiring.

This book will make any girl appreciate the simple act of receiving and education and reinforce that despite how far women have come in the Western world, they are still so powerless and persecuted in other countries.

It will also educate kids  on what it is like to live in a war zone.  This book is appropriate for children, but it doesn’t shy away from the realities that these families face.

I actually liked the fact that Malala felt young in this book.  It was certainly written with a young girl’s voice because as mature as she is in some ways, she is also quite innocent in others.

Who this book is for:  
This is the young readers edition of the adult book.  It is great for any child who wants to see how different life can be just a plane ride away.  This is a wonderful book to discuss as a family.

Final thoughts: 
The idea that one young person who stands up for her beliefs can affect real change is incredibly powerful. 

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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