March 2019 Finding Your Voice

Books of the Month

Text, cover art, and illustrations copyright © 2017 by Salarzai Limited. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Malala’s Magic Pencil

By Malala Yousafzai; illustrated by Kerascoët (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

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The Night Diary

by Veera Hiranandani (Dial)

In her diary, Nisha writes letters to her late mother about having to leave their home after the partition of India creates the country of Pakistan.

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For Every One

By Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum)

Everyone has a dream—and this poem is reminder to all the dreamers that their dreams matter.

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