Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala’s Magic Pencil

I shared this book with my class this week and they loved it. It’s a wonderful introduction to the importance of raising your voice and standing up for what is right as well as teaching children about Malala Yousafzai’s life and work. It’s all the more powerful when children find out that it is a true story and Malala was just a child herself when she became a girls’ education activist.

The book tells Malala’s story from growing up in the Swat Valley, finding her voice to speak up for what she believes in and the unimaginable terror of the Taliban’s attempts to silence her to her ongoing fight for the rights of girls all over the world.

A great activity to develop empathy is to ask children what they would draw if they had a magic pencil and just sit back and prepare to be amazed at what they will say!

I have also used this book with the Mighty Girls and they were so inspired by Malala’s actions that they organised fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for Malala Fund, an organisation that works to ensure every girl has access to 12 years of free education.

Available from Letterbox Library.

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