Today’s Banned Book Week highlight is MALALA: MY STORY OF STANDING UP FOR GIRLS’ RIGHTS by Malala Yousafzai. On October 9, 2012, then fifteen-year-old Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school because of her active role in the fight for women's education in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. After almost dying, Yousafzai continued the fight for girls’ education louder and stronger than ever. Her work has made her the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai then published I AM MALALA, an autobiographical account of her life and activism. MALALA: MY STORY… is an adaptation of this autobiography that tells the same story, but in a chapter book with easier language making it more accessible for younger readers.
Both MALALA: MY STORY OF STANDING UP FOR GIRLS’ RIGHTS and Yousafzai’s other children’s book MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL have been banned in Pennsylvania’s Central York School District for its inclusion of racial and religious conflicts. Following in this example, this year the Central Bucks School District as enacted an unprecedented book banning policy that enables any district resident to challenge books available in schools, even if they do not have a child attending any Central Bucks District school.
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