You’re Going to Want a Copy of Malala’s First Picture Book

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As if Malala Yousafzai isn’t accomplished enough, the 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is about to release her first children’s picture book.

Malala’s Magic Pencil is based on Malala’s own childhood wish to have a magic pencil that would “make everyone happy,” and could “erase the smell of garbage from her city,” according to the book’s description.

As Malala grew older, she realized that the world needed a lot more — and that she needed more than a magic pencil to initiate change. Consequently, the book explores every person’s power to change the world through strength of character and determination; not just magic.

Malala knows a thing or two about determination. She was shot in the head at age 15 after refusing to stay at home when the Taliban declared that girls could not attend school. After surviving the gunshot wound, she devoted her life to helping girls and women get the education they deserve.

Malala’s Magic Pencil, which is targeted to kids ages 4 through 9, will be released October 17 and will be available in stores or online. Psst! Malala recently got her advance copy of the book, which she proudly shared on her Twitter account.

Apparently, Malala’s parents Ziauddin and Toor Pekai were the first to read it.

To find out more about Malala’s advocacy efforts go to

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