Awards & Recognition The Book Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Wishes All Girls Would Read

Malala Yousafzai has led an incredible life. At seventeen years old, she’s won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize (along with Kailash Satyarthi) for her continuous activism on the right for all girls to get an education.

The youngest person to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize, Yousafzai’s voice won’t be silenced when it comes to the education of women around the world–often putting her own life at risk in the process. After she survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in favor of a girl’s right to an education, Yousafzai emerged as an even more powerful figure of social justice in the world. Her impact and influence is so far-reaching, that her work will also be celebrated in the upcoming Random House Children’s book Dear Malala, We Stand With You.

Yousafzai was recently profiled in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, where she was asked about her favorite books and why. When asked if there was one book she wished all girls would read, Yousafza said:

“THE BREADWINNER by Deborah Ellis. The book tells the story of a young girl who takes on the challenge of saving her family. I think it’s important for girls everywhere to learn how women are treated in some societies. But even though Parvana is treated as lesser than boys and men, she never feels that way. She believes in herself and is stronger to fight against hunger, fear and war. Girls like her are an inspiration. THE BREADWINNER reminds us how courageous and strong women are around the world.

Listen to a clip of this fantastic audio:

By Deborah Ellis
Read by Rita Wolf


“Based on real-life interviews with children, this timely story of courage in extreme circumstances is sobering and chilling.”–AudioFile

And check out our Nobel Prize-winning Author collection, featuring audiobooks from incredible authors like Toni Morrison, Rudyard Kipling, Mo Yan, and Orhan Pamuck.

*Photo Credit: Illustration by Jillian Tamaki / The New York Times

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