I'm delighted to announce I've signed a contract to write a picture book biography of one of my personal heroes, Malala Yousafzai. Malala is the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls. The book is due out in fall 2015 with possible fully-illustrated ARCs out by this winter. I'm awed and humbled by this soon-to-be seventeen year-old girl who, in addressing the United Nations, said, ". . .Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." I'm honored to pick up my pen on her behalf.