Book review: Malala Warrior With Words

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is right around the corner! This is my second year taking part as a book reviewer. South Africa is such a mix of different cultures, and we are a mixed race family, and so I think it’s important to read about other cultures and talk to our children about our differences and similarities. I love that I can be a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

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Malala Warrior With Words

I received a copy of Malala Warrior With Words from author Karen Legget Abouraya to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Malala Warrior With Words won the California Reading Association’s 2015 EUREKA! Honor Award. It was illustrated by L.C. Wheatley and is published by Star Walk Kids Media.

Malala Yousafzai was just 11 years old when she first started speaking out about education rights and began an anonymous blog for the BBC. After the Taliban banned girls from attending school, Malala began using her own name and became even more outspoken. In 2011 she won Pakistan’s National Peace Award For Youth. In 2012, she was 15 years old when she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She recovered and addressed the UN on her 16th birthday.

Book review: Malala Warrior With Words

Malala Warrior With Words deals with tough subject matter for a children’s book. It has sparked conversations about the Taliban – Emmy, in particular, was outraged that girls were forbidden from going to school – and assassination attempts – “But why did they shoot her, Mommy?” We have Muslim family members, and so we also had to talk about different kinds of Islam.

Did this really happen?” Angie asked the first time we read it. This is her first question for every book we read these days. She was particularly interested to hear that she was two years old when Malala was shot – we’re doing ancient history in school, so it was new and interesting to learn about something that happened in her own lifetime.

Another reason I’m so glad we got Malala Warrior With Words is that she is a great role model for my children. They can look at her life and see that they can stand up for what they believe, they can do the right thing, they can be brave and strong and passionate, that they can speak their heart – and they don’t have to wait until they’re adults to do so.

I love, love, love the illustrations in Malala Warrior With Words. It’s not your typical children’s book illustrations – it’s more like a beautiful scrapbook. I think the illustrations have a large part to play in why I can’t get through the book without getting all teary.

There are a couple of pages with some historical information at the end of the book, as well as information on how to get involved in helping children have access to education. “We can help,” one of the girls said. “We can teach someone who doesn’t go to school.”

You can get Malala Warrior With Words in hardcover, paperback and on Kindle.

Book Review: Malala Warrior With Words

About Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Twitter Party & Freebies

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators

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