Malcolm Little

The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

By Ilyasah Shabazz; AG Ford (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442412163, 48pp.)

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

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Description
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.



About the Author
Ilyasah Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X, is an activist, community organizer, motivational speaker, and the author of Growing Up X, for which she received an NAACP Image Award nomination. She says, My father and I both lost our fathers to assassination at an early age, but my father s voice, his beliefs, and his lessons remained a vital part of my childhood. I consider it an honor and a privilege to tell the story of his life and work.

Jerdine Nolen is the author of many award-winning books for children, including "Eliza's Freedom Road", illustrated by Shadra Strickland; "Raising Dragons, " illustrated by Elise Primavera, which received the Christopher Award; and "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, " illustrated by Mark Buehner, which won the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. She and Kadir Nelson collaborated on "Thunder Rose", which "School Library Journal" called "a wonderful tale of joy and love"; and "Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life", which received the Society of Illustrators' Gold Medal. Jerdine Nolen lives with her family in Ellicott City, Maryland.
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