Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

By Author / Illustrator

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Manal Mirza


Biographies & Autobiographies

Age range(s)



Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd








In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Malala Yousafzai, the incredible activist for girls' education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate .

When Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan, her father was determined she would have every opportunity that a boy would have. She loved getting an education, but when a hateful regime came to power, girls were no longer allowed to go to school. Malala spoke out in public about this, which made her a target for violence. She was shot in the left side of her head and woke up in hospital in England. Finally after long months and many surgeries, Malala recovered, and resolved to become an activist for girls' education. Now a recent Oxford graduate, Malala continues to fight for a world where all girls can learn and lead. This powerful book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist's life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

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The Little People, Big Dreams books discuss and explore the lives of outstanding people from across the world.

This book concentrates on a young female called Malala, born in Pakistan where she grew up with a passion for education. Witnessing the Taliban destroy schools and the enforcement of strict rules regarding dancing and media ignited her strong belief that every child (in particular females) had a right to an education.

The book discusses Malalas's shooting (which is sensitively handled), her recovery within an English hospital and it ends with her accomplishments.

This is an inspirational tale and would be perfect for year two (age 6-7) and on. The text is easy to understand, so the book could be independently read, however, there are lots of points that could form class PSHE discussions - in particular children's rights, oppression, and the value of education.

32 pages / Ages 6+ / Reviewed by Emma Nelson, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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