Monday 7 November 2022

My Name is Malala

My Name is Malala by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Mariam Quraishi (Penguin Random House) Board Book RRP $16.99

ISBN 9780241581964

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has written a beautifully simple autobiography aimed at a very young audience. In this board book Malala begins by describing herself in a series of short yet powerful statements that young children will be able to connect with (e.g., ‘I am a friend’). Later, her statements include ones that will inspire (e.g., ‘I am an activist’). She finishes with statements that look to the future (e.g., ‘I am hopeful’). The final pages provide a more in-depth biography for the adult reader/educator.

My Name is Malala is a positive and aspirational book that would suit an audience aged 3 years and older. The illustrations are bright and colourful and complement the text beautifully. This book would be a great addition to any kindergarten or lower primary school library and would serve as a great conversation starter about how we can make the world a better place.

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