Malala Yousafzai Lands Picture Book Deal

By Maryann Yin 

Malala Yousafzai 200 (GalleyCat)Malala Yousafzai has signed a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and education advocate (pictured, via) plans to write her debut picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil.

Kerascoët, a husband-and-wife artistic duo, have agreed to create the ink and watercolor illustrations for this project. Farrin Jacobs, an editorial director, negotiated the deal with Karolina Sutton, a Curtis Brown literary agent. The publication date has been scheduled for Fall 2017.

Here’s more from the press release: “Inspired by her own childhood wish, Malala’s Magic Pencil shares her dream for a magic pencil to help make the world a better place. At first Malala wanted to use her magic pencil to fix problems like the smell of the trash dump near her home and to make everyone in her family happy. But as she grew older, she saw a world that needed fixing, with many important things to wish for—and she realized that even if she never found a magic pencil, she could still work every day to make her wishes come true.”