Neela Vaswani Wins 2015 Grammy Award Neela Vaswani
Neela Vaswani
GRAMMY Award for Best Children’s Album Goes to I AM MALALA:
How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, read by Neela Vaswani
New York, NY – February 9, 2015 – The prestigious GRAMMY for Best Children’s Album has been awarded to I AM MALALA: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, the New York Times bestselling young readers edition of the autobiography of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai written with Patricia McCormick.
The audiobook, narrated by Neela Vaswani and featuring a prologue and epilogue read by Malala, is the firsthand story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world - and did. “I am so grateful for this award and I hope it will help spread my message of peace and education for all even further,” Malala said of the honor. “Producing an audiobook is a collaborative process. I would like to thank everyone involved: from narrator Neela Vaswani, to the producers and my publishers. Thank you.” Receiving the award at the GRAMMY Premiere ceremony, Vaswani closed her acceptance speech, “Thank you, most of all, to Malala, for her incredibly brave work for active, lasting, peaceful change. Narrating this book was a gift. This is another huge gift and honor and I dedicate it to, in Malala’s words, ‘those forgotten children who want an education, those frightened children who want peace, those voiceless children who want change,’ the world over, including here in the United States.”
Hachette Audio’s award-winning audiobook is based on the critically acclaimed young readers edition, published in print and ebook from Little, Brown for Young Readers. “We are thrilled that young readers can listen to Malala’s compelling and inspiring story in this excellent audiobook edition and grateful that this award recognition will help spread Malala’s important message to an even wider audience,” said Megan Tingley, LBYR’s Executive Vice President and Publisher.
“We’re deeply honored to see an audiobook take home the GRAMMY for Best Children’s Album, a field that includes great luminaries in children’s entertainment,” said Anthony Goff, VP and Publisher of Hachette Audio. “This win is a strong statement by voting members of the Recording Academy honoring Malala’s incredible work. Hachette Audio is so humbled and proud to be able to share Malala’s story with young listeners and their entire families.”
This honor marks the ninth GRAMMY received by a production of Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group. In 2014, Hachette Audio won the Spoken Word GRAMMY for Stephen Colbert’s America Again. Their last Children’s Album win was in 2011 for Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, with a nomination for the charitable audiobook Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales in 2010.
The Audiobook edition of I AM MALALA (Young Readers Edition) is available as a digital download online wherever books and music are sold, and on CD through Blackstone Audio. I AM MALALA is available from Hachette Audio on CD and as a download, while Print and ebook editions for both I AM MALALA and I AM MALALA (Young Readers Edition) are available from Little, Brown & Co, and Little, Brown for Young Readers, respectively.
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, & Hachette Nashville.