Malala Yousafzai has already inspired millions around the world with her courageous campaign for girls education in Pakistan; now she’s set to inspire children with a new picture book.
The advocate shared photos of “Malala’s Magic Pencils” yesterday in a series of tweets.
Opened the mail and thrilled to find a copy of my first picture book, Malala's Magic Pencil! pic.twitter.com/Zwoa1f28cC— Malala (@Malala) August 3, 2017
So happy that my mother, Toor Pekai, who is learning English, is the first one to read the book. pic.twitter.com/VzoQNDyJ3o— Malala (@Malala) August 3, 2017
I hope Malala's Magic Pencil inspires children around the world with its beautiful illustrations by artists Kerascoët. Out in October!— Malala (@Malala) August 3, 2017
The book is due to be published in 2017 and was created, her publisher said in a statement, to help Malala achieve her childhood wish “to help make the world a better place.”
Malala also tweeted that her mother is starting to learn English, and was the first person to read the finished book.
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The book features illustrations by husband-and-wife artist team Kerascoët.
The book follows an illustrated Malala who wants “to use her magic pencil to fix problems like the smell of the trash dump near her home and to make everyone in her family happy. But as she grew older, she saw a world that needed fixing, with many important things to wish for — and she realized that even if she never found a magic pencil, she could still work every day to make her wishes come true,” according to the publisher’s press release.
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Malala became a symbol of resilience after she was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating for girls education there. She has since gone on to speak about the importance of girls' education around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She will start her studies at Oxford this fall.