Back of Book:
When Malala Yousafzai was born, people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything.
In Pakistan, people said girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country.
And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak to girls and boys, to teachers, reporters, presidents, and queens—to anyone who would listen—and advocated for the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person. She would shout so that those without a voice could be heard, so everyone could be as free as a bird
I have been so excited to see the many picture books that have come out recently about Malala. She is such an inspiration and her story should be told to all children everywhere. Free As a Bird is another fantastic biography about the girl who fought for education. The story is written in third person but allows readers to feel like they were there among the fight with Malala. The illustrations are muted and show readers the hardship of war. I love that Malala always has red on which catches a reader’s eye. The back of the book has an author note and timeline which is perfect for book reports or research projects. I truly enjoyed this story.
Ages 5 and up