I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Last updated Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Author: Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 031632793X
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2015

Synopsis: Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Note to readers:
•  This is a non-fiction autobiography
•  There are two sections of photos in the book you can view with the kids before or after reading.
•  It is a good idea explain what this book is about before reading. You can read the first two paragraphs of the inside cover for a description, if you prefer.
•  The Chapters are generally short and you may wish to read the Prologue, Chapter 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7,8

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who knows where Pakistan is? (use a map/globe in the room or your phone to show the kids)
•  Malala won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, can anyone tell me what this prize is? " Named after Alfred Nobel, was first given out in 1901 to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
•  What do you know about Malala?


•  bazaar- a type of market that has rows of small shops which sell many different kinds of things
•  trinket- usually a piece of jewelry or small item with little value
•  fickle-to change often
•  reprimand- to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone who has done something wrong, disobeyed an order, etc.)
•  console- to make someone feel less sad or disappointed
•  tunic- a long shirt worn by women that reaches to or just below the hips

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think everyone should learn, rich/poor, boy/girl? Why?
•  Is there something your passionate about like Malala is passionate about all girls and boys being able to go to school?
•  What would you do if the government prevented you from watching TV or movies,listening to music, going to school, dancing?

Craft ideas:
•  Write a chapter of your own autobiography
•  Draw a picture of what peace looks like to you
•  Make a Father's Day Card

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!