For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story Review


For The Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story

She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban’s rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference. – Goodreads

For the Right to Learn Review

For the Right to Learn is an illustrated and simplified account of the true story of Malala Yousafzai. Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest person ever to win a Nobel prize. She has accomplished much but is perhaps most well-known for the tragedy she went through and survived. The fact that she survived being shot in the head, and continued to do her best to promote the right to learn for women is a rather amazing thing.

Malala’s story is an inspiring one, but it can be scary to think about for younger children. That is why I was hesitant to read For The Right to Learn with my child. I decided to pre-read it, so I could simplify or be ready to explain as need be. I was familiar with Malala’s story in only the vaguest of terms, so it was going to be a learning experience for me, too.

I was wowed by Malala’s story, and the way it was told in For the Right to Learn. The author did a wonderful job in choosing the right words and simply, but powerfully, communicated Malala’s story. The illustrator did an amazing job with the graphics on each page, communicating emotions like fear, terror, and determination with a subtle beauty.

Overall, a fantastic job, and one that needs to be in your home or classroom if you want to teach children about strong female figures. Because, remember:

“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai


  • Title: For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
  • Author: Rebecca Langston-George
  • Illustrator: Janna Bock
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Pub. Date: August 1st, 2015
  • Source: Received a copy from the publisher for review consideration
  • Review originally appeared on Sci-Fi & Scary.

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