By Seemi Aziz, The University of Arizona, Tucson
Since Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani heroine who propagates education for women, hit the world stage there has been a huge spotlight on her life and activities globally, especially captured and projected in the arena of children’s books. Her near-death experience at the hands of the Taliban sets her story apart in more ways than one. Her dramatic entry into the global narrative reinforces concerns of women’s oppression and lack of education in Muslim countries and takes it to whole new level.
The month of June 2019, WOW Currents focuses on multiple books written by and about Malala and her impact on education for women. These books include:
• Mala: A Brave Girl for Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter
• I Am Malala: The Girl who stood up for education and was shot by Pakistan by Malala Yousafzai
• The Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George and Janna Bock
• Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and KERASCOET
• Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo
• Dear Malala: We Stand with You by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International
• Malala Activist for Girl’s Education by Raphael Frier and Aurelia Fronty
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