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For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

Last updated Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Author: Rebecca Langston-George
Illustrator: Janna Bock
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 162370426X
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2017

Synopsis: 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.

Note to readers:
•  This is a great opportunity to discuss the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
•  This book offers a great opportunity for discussion about gender equality.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Locate Pakistan on a world map if possible.
•  Discuss/explain the Nobel Peace Prize.
•  What is equal education?
•  Who should be offered an education?
•  Why is education important?


•  See glossary on p. 40
•  defiant- adj. showing no respect for authority; refusing to obey.
•  rubble- n. pieces of broken rock, brick, or other material.
•  blog- n. shortened from "Web log," an online journal that may be personal or topical, in which the author makes regular entries
•  sanitation- n. the practice of keeping the public healthy by providing clean living conditions.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What was Malala's father's occupation?
•  How did she feel about school?
•  Do you like the idea of separate schools for girls and boys? Why or why not?
•  Do you think school should be free for everyone to attend?

Craft ideas:
•  Color in Henna designs.
•  Color in maps of Pakistan or drawing of UN Logo on Nobel Peace Prize.
•  Design your own prize or medal for someone special
•  Make a Father's Day card.
•  Check our craft ideas for June on Pinterest!

*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!