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For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

(Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Capstone Press (first published August 1st 2015)
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Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc
One of the most important, meaningful and courageous stories of bravery and equality of our times.
Everyone should know who Malala is and now through this book, children of younger ages can learn and appreciate her tremendous, honorable and valuable work, and her incredible story.

For those who don't know her, Malala Yousafzai is the little Pakistani girl who decided to keep going to school and expanding her education anyway possible even after the countless threats, she and her father received
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Beautifully illustrated and (of course) a powerful true story, but the accompanying text is a bit too intense for younger readers. I understand the need to remain factually correct in retelling Malala's story, but it's at odds with the picture book format here, and the frank account of her shooting may frighten many younger readers. Not recommended for early elementary, but a good resource for older children.
Beautiful illustrations. The story is thorough and informative without being too heavy for the target age group.

Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley.
She was warned. She was given an explanation. She was almost killed. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was part of my review for a book competition I did yesterday: This quick read will suit readers who want to learn about and be inspired by Malala’s story, like I did.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of Malala Yousafzai is, of course, an inspiration. It hardly seems fathomable in today's world that a young girl must stand up and fight for the education of so many. Yet it is all too un-surprising that her plight was met with resistance and violence. This picture book is a gentler way to introduce Yousafzai's courageous journey, especially to elementary students. I used it as a way to reinforce biography with my students. Aside from the illustrator making her look like Little Red ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
It's wonderful, of course, to read stories about ordinary children from diverse cultures. But it's amazing to read stories about extraordinary children from diverse cultures. And who has come to stand out as a hero in our world today more than the young girl, Malala Yousafzai? This is her story, the story of a bright girl in Pakistan who was told she could not attend school. The story has been rendered as a colorful and inviting picture book, and the text and pictures are a beautiful ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A clearly-written and nicely illustrated book to tell Malala's story without political digs or getting into unpleasant details. An excellent way to introduce thought-provoking issues of education, women's rights, discrimination and the simple ability to learn.

Challenge your kids: what would they do if they weren't allowed to go to school?

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book to share with a class. Topic is on the violent side, but my fifth graders handled it very well. Just a perfect message to share and a chance to inform students about an influential leader in contemporary times. Also, great to see a strong female character.
Amy Beckett
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This was such an incredible read, following the inspiring but shocking journey of Malala Yousafzai. I think this is such an important journey in recent history that children (particularly in upper KS2) should be made aware of. This book sends such an authentic message to children in terms of the value of education and the lengths Malala went to, to fight for her very right to be educated, even though she and other girls were forcefully refused. This has been made accessible to children by ...more
Brianna Crall
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story for children. It really got my students thinking and talking.
Alyssa Chrisman
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book reads more like nonfiction than Malala's Magic Pencil, which reads more like a story even though it is also nonfiction. This book has a lot more detail and includes descriptions of the violence Malala and her people face. The illustrations are okay-- my favorite is the one of Malala on the bus, leaving her face uncovered and then the blood droplets on the book. I think this would be a good book to help share Malala's story with young readers.
Little Feather
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-baby-asher
this is a great book and an inspiring story. it's hard to read this to my little ones without crying it helps me remember not to take my freedom and education for granted ...more
Baby Bookworm
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: our-reviews

This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!

Hello, friends! In honor of International Women’s Day, our book today is For The Right To Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story, written by Rebecca Langston-George and illustrated by Janna Bock, the story of the courage and determination of the youngest Nobel Prize winner to fight for the right to education.

Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan, in a once beautiful and peaceful mountain town, to
Kristi Betts
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story written by Rebecca Langston-George and illustrated by Janna Bock is a fantastic account of the heroic stance Malala Yousafzai made for her right to an education.

Malala Yousafzai bravely volunteered to blog about the closing of her school. "They can stop us going to school, but they can't stop us learning!" She was not deterred by the threat of bombs, beatings, or even jail. In October 2012, Malala and her friends were riding a bus to school when
Maura Murphy
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This biography tells the story of Malala Yousafzai and her passion for girls' education in Pakistan and around the world. Growing up the daughter of a man who ran a school, there was always an open desk for Malala at school. She loved to learn and read, and she thrived at school. Although she was a passionate advocate for girls' education, the Taliban were adamant that girls should not receive a education and threatened her. This book tells the story about a young girl fighting for her right to ...more
The illustrations and chosen text are as beautifully engaging and inspirational as Malala's full-text autobiography, but this brings it to a whole other level of readership as many adaptations are emerging that allow this. The atmosphere created in this forty-two page children's book is a treasure for an older readership and it's lush colors are eye-candy. Save nothing for the pointed text that doesn't focus on her attempted murder (as it is only in the last pages that this is chronologically ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Malala Yousafzai is this kind of role model that the world needs more of, the kind that leaves a most definite mark on the world. In a culture that tried to keep her down and silent, Malala chose not to be silent. But her courage nearly cost her her life when the Taliban attempted to kill her. After recovering, Malala continued her fight for girl's right to an education. Her efforts led to her being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But sadly, her fight is far from over. Not only does this book ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, biography
This book is a great, water-downed explanation of what happened to Malala. I believe it's important for kids, especially girls, to know that not everyone is lucky enough to have access to education. What kept this from being a four/five star book are one big and one small complaint. The small is the picture outline chosen for the photograph of Malala at the end. So strange and unnecessary. The big is much more important, obviously. There is a weird air of racism/religious-judgement by the author ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a little torn about this book. Although I do believe Malala's story is important and should be told, I'm not sure a picture book is the best venue. It might be a bit intense for younger readers. I don't think I would share this book with a group younger than third grade. This book does give a good overview of Malala's life and it is an engaging story.
Ben Truong
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story is a children's picture book written by Rebecca Langston-George and illustrated by Janna Bock. It chronicles the brave story on how Malala Yousafzai stood up for her rights to equal education and almost got killed for it.

March, at least in my part of the world is Women's History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book would be
Megan Schmelzer
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer

On December 10th, 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. At thatmoment, she received a much-deserved award for her activism towards promoting the educating of all individuals, but more importantly, her story of bravery during the most terrifying times resonated loudly for all the world to hear. It is a story of courage and strength, and it is a story that our children must grow up knowing.

For the
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summary: Malala Yousafzai is a remarkable young girl who fights for the right of children everywhere to an education. This book tells the story of her life in Pakistan and her battle with the Taliban, who refuse to grant girls the right to go to school. Malala, along with her father's help, persists in going to school and promoting the importance of an education, until the Taliban shuts down all schools. Then, when they finally reopen, and faced with threats to her family's and her own safety, ...more
"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai

The story of Malala is one most people know, and most certainly one that younger generations should learn.

However, this particular book is not meant for very young kids. Being as this is a picture book you might automatically categorize it as such, I thought so initially myself, but it's definitely for older kids. It mentions violence, bombing, and the shooting and recovery of Malala.

All of which are
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-stories
This text illustrates the true story of Malala Yousafzai as an activist for education when the Taliban stated women should be banned from schools. The daily life of Malala's community is described as the Taliban's rules became stricter and more violent. Malala is followed as she speaks out against this ban despite the horrendous violence. I recommend that everyone must read this book. Malala's story is truly inspiring and it really makes you grateful for our right of education in the United ...more
Alex Haven
Growing up in Pakistan, it was not always thought of as customary for girls to receive an education. So, when the Taliban took control and started to place more control on education and the rights of especially girls, Malala would not be silenced. She continued to get an education until it was not safe and from there she ran a blog that spoke out about the importance of education for all, not just boys, and how the Taliban will never be able to take away learning. Her actions got her in grave ...more
This book is a biography of Malala Yousafzai. Malala is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is receiving the prize because she had spoken out for girl's right to go to school. The Taliban was trying to scare people and oppress women. However, Malala was brave. At one point Malala and her family were forced to leave their home but when they came back Malala returned to school. She loved school. The Taliban came after Malala and they shot her. She had to leave Pakistan to get medical
Betzaida Gamboa
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the right to learn is a book,that is about Malala,she is a girl that lived in Pakistan,and she
Wanted to go to school but in that country people didn’t let girls go to school only boys could go,so when she grow up a little she wanted to make justice,so girls could go to school,she never give up and right now she is tille talking for the right to learn for girls,’’this book,it’s main idea is the tittle’’,it is a realistic book,I think the Author wanted to make us fell what Malala was
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Years ago I saw this young lady on the U.S. news expressing how she was fighting for the rights to attend school. Unknowingly, Malala Yousafzai had just recovered from months of being hospitalized. She and two of her friends had been shot at for attending school and for Malala being an outspoken person. Using an alias Gul Makai with the assistance from a BBC reporter they created a blog explaining the turmoil that her home town was enduring from the Taliban. In the end she won the right for all ...more
Emily Y
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Nonfiction-Biography
Target Audience: Grades 3-5
Text-to-Text: This story reminded me of the book "She Persisted" which is about women who did not let others determine what they would accomplish, much like Malala.
Text-to-Self: Malala Yousafzai's Story connected with me because growing up I was often looked over or told my dreams were't realistic because "girls can't do that".
Text-to-World: This story is such a great reminder of how much of a privilege education is, and just how much we
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