Neela Vaswani, a professor of creative writing, literature and cultural studies, was stunned to learn she had been nominated for a Grammy.

When she heard the audio version of I Am Malala, the book by Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai–which Vaswani had narrated–had been nominated for Best Children’s Album, she shared, “I had no idea it was even possible for a children’s book to be nominated.”

The news just got even better: the audio version of I Am Malala won the Grammy. The Grammy represents the latest in a slew of honors the teenaged Malala has earned since surviving an attack in which she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for standing up for her belief that all children should have access to an education. She earned rave reviews for a keynote address at the Forbes Under 30 Summit this fall, explaining her journey and what she’s now doing to spread her message all while attending school in the United Kingdom. “She’s very busy going to school and saving the children of the world,” said Vaswani. “I hope Malala is happy,” said Vaswani. “I’m thrilled to be a part of spreading her message further.”

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Girls With Grit ~ Show July 26 and 27

“The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street” by Susan Jane Gilman
“China Dolls” by Lisa See
“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis
“The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi
“I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai
“The Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes
“All Day and a Night” by Alafair Burke
Ayana Mathis, Author
A literary look at the “Girls with Grit.” Elaine explores titles about women with backbone, brains and bravado.