Malala’s Magic Pencil | Author: Malala Yousafzai | Age: 5+ years
‘One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.’
Malala’s Magic Pencil is a picture book written by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whose work as an education activist gained international recognition, and who was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The STEM content in this book is not perhaps central to the story but the tale of resilience and the smart, strong central character makes this beautiful picture book a perfect way of introducing wider issues faced in STEM education. Too often, at Little Scientists, we meet the attitudes of ‘I’m not good at STEM’, ‘I hated Math at school’ and ‘I just don’t have a sciencey brain’. This book is a great conversation starter for resilience, overcoming adversity and breaking out of the mould.
With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.