Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X
Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.
Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young Malcolm Little was a natural born leader. But when confronted with intolerance and a series of tragedies, Malcolm’s optimism and faith were threatened. He had to learn how to be strong and how to hold on to his individuality. He had to learn self-reliance.
Together with acclaimed illustrator AG Ford, Ilyasah Shabazz gives us a unique glimpse into the childhood of her father, Malcolm X, with a lyrical story that carries a message that resonates still today—that we must all strive to live to our highest potential.
Age: 6 and up
Number of Pages: 48
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Author: Iyashah Shabazz
Dimensions: 9x 0. 5x 11 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: We love picture book biographies as they help children understand and see that someone who was once like them grew up to make a difference in the world. Written by his daughter, this inspiring book celebrates a vision of freedom and justice, and shows the childhood story of Malcolm X, one of America’s most influential figures. When confronted with intolerance and a series of tragedies, Malcolm’s optimism and faith were threatened, and he had to learn how to be strong and how to hold on to his individuality. This lyrical story should be discussed in every classroom because it carries a message that resonates still today—for all of us to live to our highest potential.
This book is also part of our INSPIRING MUSLIM LEADERS AND THINKERS book list.