Little People, BIG DREAMS: Malala Yousafzai
Written by: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrated by: Manal Mirza
Meet Malala Yousafzai, the incredible activist for girls’ education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
When Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan, her father was determined she would have every opportunity that a boy would have. She loved getting an education, but when a hateful regime came to power, girls were no longer allowed to go to school. Malala spoke out in public about this, which made her a target for violence. She was shot in the left side of her head and woke up in a hospital in England. Finally, after long months and many surgeries, Malala recovered, and resolved to become an activist for girls’ education. Now a recent Oxford graduate, Malala continues to fight for a world where all girls can learn and lead. This powerful book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist’s life.
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara is the author and creator of the inspirational best-selling series Little People, BIG DREAMS. Growing up in the ’70s in Barcelona, her heroines were Pippi Longstocking, Momo and Tinkerbell, and she felt great admiration for the Spanish poet Gloria Fuertes. She dreamed of becoming a poet just like her one day. It took Maria Isabel almost 40 years and most of her savings to make her dream come true. In 2012, after 20 years of working in advertising, she self-published her first book. Two years later, she released what was meant to be a birth present for her twin nieces, Alba and Claudia: the very first title in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series.
Manal Mirza is a UI designer and illustrator based in Chicago, Illinois. Being a young Muslim-American-Pakistani woman, her illustrations highlight the different identities that she juggles day to day and aims to empower woman around the world. Her Illustrations focus on using positivity to motivate her audience through a personal lens.
Size: 24 x 19.5cm