Malala's Magic Pencil (Hardcover)

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By Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoet (Illustrator)
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This picture book from Malala Yousafzai introduces her to younger children in a way that's easy for them to understand. She tells the reader that she used to dream of a magic pencil that would give her an extra hour of sleep or wipe away the smell of garbage. As she grew older, she realized there were more important things to wish for and continues to wish for and work for a better world.

— Cathy


Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai's first picture book, inspired by her own childhood.
* "This is a wonderful read for younger students that will also provide insight and encourage discussion about the wider world. ... The simplicity of Yousafzai's writing and the powerful message she sends, make this book inspirational for all."
--- School Library Journal (starred review)
Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.

About the Author

Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. In her short lifetime, she has already experienced devastating changes in her country, which has been transformed from a once peaceful land to a hotbed of terrorism. Malala, who now lives in Birmingham, England, says she has been given a second life, which she intends to devote to the good of the people and her belief that all girls everywhere deserve an education. The fund she started can be found at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316319577
ISBN-10: 0316319570
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English