As if that weren’t ambition enough, Yousafzai announced today that she is writing a children’s picture book about fixing the world.
The Nobel laureate, 19, signed a book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to write “Malala’s Magic Pencil,” scheduled for release in 2017 with illustrations from the husband-and-wife artist team Kerascoët, according to AdWeek.
Yousafzai has become a beacon for advocates of education for girls around the world since the 2012 Taliban attack in which she was shot in the head by a gunman on her schoolbus. She was targeted because Yousafzai had been advocating for education in Pakistan as a teenager for years and had criticized extremist militants.
But the attack only spurred on Yousafzai’s efforts to make education accessible to all children around the world. After recovering from her injury, Yousafzai wrote a memoir, “I Am Malala,” launched The Malala Fund, became a global advocate for girls and women, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The publisher announced the book deal by saying that “Malala’s Magic Pencil” was inspired by Malala’s childhood wish “to help make the world a better place.”
“At first Malala wanted 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,” the press release said.
The book is expected in the fall of next year.