Malala Yousafzai was only 11 years old when she wrote her first blog (using a pseudonym) for the BBC, detailing her life under the Taliban rule, and the challenge girls faced while trying to get an education. Today, she is known globally after miraculously surviving an assassination attempt last year. Her book, I Am Malala, was released in October and has been well-received. Kids Can Press's CitizenKid series is an inspiring collection that aims to inspire children (ages 8-12) to be better global citizens.
Razia's Ray of Hope is written by Razia Jan, CNN hero and founder of the Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation and the Zabuli Education Center for Girls which is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan. This is one of my favourite books in the collection; a beautiful story of a young girl's fight for an education, as she struggles for her father and brother's permission. And if this book couldn't get any better, it is based on real stories from Razia's experience at the the Zabuli Education Center for Girls, which made it even more dear to my heart. Click here to see the full CitizenKid collection. I highly recommend them!