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Malala’s Magic Pencil

Written by Malala Yousafzai
Illustrated by Kerascoet

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2)

Sponsored by: The David Laing Foundation

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Malala’s Magic Pencil is the story of a young girl living in Pakistan who wished that she had a magic pencil so that she could improve the lives of others. She would use it to draw a new dress for her mother or a football for her brothers. Malala enjoys learning and is shocked to discover that not all boys and girls are as lucky as her as some, in her country, have to work rather than go to school. She decides that her pencil could be put to better use – to tell the world how to create peace and harmony. She learnt that when you find your voice, every pencil can be magic. This book is written by Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani activist, who was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The audio guide is read by Mina Anwar. And ‘Malala’s Letter’ is read by Dúaa Karim.

Listen to an audio clip

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and 3 raised tactile images
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box

Touch to see image list

Malala writing with her magic pencil
The three children on the rubbish tip
Man with machine gun and Malala on a podium giving a speech

What our members say

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We will remember this book well in to the future My son very much enjoyed listening to me read the story about Malala and the meaning behind the magic pencil story. For a child with learning difficulties he had no problems being able to put himself in Malala’s shoes and imagine her life in Pakistan. The pictures and the language in the story were easy to follow and my son thought about what he would like to draw if he had a magic pencil. He chose to draw a horse so he could ride it. Parent
Absolutely loved this book My students in sixth form absolutely loved Malala's Magic Pencil. They really enjoyed reading about her story and found the differences in culture absolutely fascinating. It also gave some of our students who don't have a visual impairment to experience what braille looks and feels like which was also really interesting and something new for them to explore. Teacher
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