Malala Yousafzai Shares Why It Meant So Much That Her Mother Was The First To Read Her New Children's Book

It's called "Malala's Magic Pencil."

We just added a new book to our fall wish list. This one comes from girls' education advocate Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The 20-year-old shared a first look at her upcoming illustrated children's book Malala's Magic Pencil on Thursday.


"Opened the mail and thrilled to find a copy of my first picture book, Malala's Magic Pencil," Yousafzai wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of herself showing off the book's cover.

The book, which was illustrated by the French husband-and-wife duo Kerascoët, will be released on October 17 of this year. It will tell the story of Malala's childhood 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," the book's description reads.

"But as she grew older," it continues, "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."

The book is meant to show young readers "the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times."

Yousafzai also shared who was the first person to read the book — her mother, Toor Pekai, who is currently learning English. The activist shared a sweet photo of the two of them flipping through the book.

Yousafzai shared her hope that the book "inspires children around the world." Coming from her, we're sure it will.

The young U.N. Messenger of Peace recently graduated from secondary school and joined Twitter. Since surviving a shooting attack by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan in 2012, Yousafzai moved with her family to the U.K. and founded the nonprofit Malala Fund.

This isn't Yousafzai's first book. Her autobiography, I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, was released in 2013. She is also the subject of the 2015 documentary He Named Me Malala.

You can pre-order Malala's Magic Pencil now on Amazon.

(H/T: Mashable)


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