Karen Leggett Abouraya at Plummer Elementary and Arlington Community High School

Offering her sixth and seventh events to An Open Book this March, local author Karen Leggett Abouraya inspired readers young and old alike with her picture book Malala Yousafzi: Warrior With Words. Partnering for an event at Plummer Elementary School with young women from B-CC’s chapter of Girls Unite, Karen and the teens read aloud Malala and led the fourth graders in the creation of small protest signs and tiny notebooks in which the students could envision changes to their worlds. The following week, at AOB’s first event with Arlington Community High School, Karen built on the older students’ own life experiences to connect them with Malala’s inspirational efforts. These powerful events were well-timed with International Women’s Day–#BeBoldForChange!