Since Malala Yousafzai is a modern figure, there aren’t many books or online sources that provide information on her biography.

Unlike my eminent person last year, there wasn’t a general information site on Malala other than the Malala Fund and Wikipedia.  However the sources that I did fine turned out to be extremely helpful.  

Without further information, here is a list of online sources, books, and documentaries which I found helpful in completing Eminent of 2017!!



Yousafzai, Malala, and Christina Lamb. I Am Malala: the Girl Who Was Shot by the Taliban. Little Brown and Company, 2013.

This book, written by Malala herself, was one of the best sources I had throughout my whole project.  This book had insights into Malala’s thoughts and emotions, which allowed me to delve into her character further.  There’s something very different and powerful about reading a book written them self, compared to reading about the person from a third party source.


Yousafzai, Malala, and Patricia McCormick. Malala: the Girl Who Stood up for Education and Changed the World. Indigo, 2015.

Another autobiography, I found that the two books were very similar, but had slightly different information in some chapters.  When I first read it, I was shocked to think that this was a true story, of a girl close to my age.   I definitely drew most of my inspiration from this book, as I was able to connect with the emotions and thoughts that went through Malala’s head.  


Frier, Raphaële, et al. Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education. Charlesbridge, 2017.

A really cute book with lots of animations that provided me insight on some of the traditional piece of clothing the women in Malala’s culture wears.  This turned out to be a resource that gave me lots of visual aid for my learning center.  Some of the small details and clothing I had on the night was due to this book.


Online Sources:

Fund, Malala. “Learning for 12 Years. Leading without Fear.” The Malala Fund, 18 Nov. 2017,

Malala Fund

The number 1 website that I used throughout all of eminent.  This website, founded by Malala and her father, had information on important dates/events in Malala’s life, facts about the Malala cause, ways to donate, and so much more.  It was interesting because although a representative told me I could conduct an interview with her, it ended up not falling through.  Nonetheless, I learned so much from this website and it was useful when writing my timeline.


Account, Malala Fund Verified. “Malala Fund (@MalalaFund).” Twitter, Twitter, 4 Dec. 2017,

Malala Twitter

Malala’s twitter page was something I discovered near the end of my preparation for Night of the Notables.  This website was really helpful in keeping track of Malala’s current news and also ways in which she is trying to advocate for women’s rights today.  It also gave me inspiration for the interactive component of my learning center.  


Kettler, Sara. “Malala Yousafzai.”, A&E Networks Television, 6 Nov. 2017,

Malala Biography

Biographies are often useful because they organize a person’s life in chronological order.  When I was first getting a read on Malala, this website gave a quick summary of important events in her life.  After reading parts of Malala’s story, I decided to read the “I am Malala” book, which provided an even better in-depth resource.  


Yousafzai, Ziauddin. “My Daughter, Malala.” TED: Ideas Worth Spreading,

Ziauddin, Yousafzai, Malala’s father, Ted Talk

Malala often credits her father, Ziauddin, for allowing her access to education, even though she is a girl.  One of Mr. Jackson’s tips on ‘getting to know your eminent person’ is to study people around them who may have influenced or shaped the eminent person to become the person that they are today.  This short Ted Talk made me visualize some of the most important hardships Malala faces during her early life, which made her so inspired to fight for education.


Press, The Canadian. “Watch and Read Malala Yousafzai’s Full Speech to Parliament.”CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 12 Apr. 2017,

Example of Malala Speech

When I was writing my 2 minute speech, I was overwhelmed with the amount of information I had and didn’t know where to start.  Reading some speeches written by Malala allowed me to capture some ideas she believed was particularly powerful.  I think reading speeches was helpful because it helped me picture the gratitude and honesty felt in every word spoken by Malala; I tried to incorporate this into my speech as well.


“Malala Yousafzai – Biographical.”,

Malala Nobel Peace

Originally, my speech was going to be Malala speaking on the night of the nobel prize awards and thus, I decided to check this website out.  Later on, I changed my speech, but this website was helpful because it gave me details about why and how she won the nobel peace prize at a young age, which is part of the reason in why Malala is so eminent.  



“He Named Me Malala – CBC Documentaries.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 9 Mar. 2017,

Malala Documentary

This documentary includes many interviews with Malala and people that have supported Malala throughout her journey including: Malala’s family members, doctors, and influential people who personally resonated with Malala’s fight for education.  The documentary provided me a nice introduction to eminent, and captured the essence of her eminence through a film.