Malcolm (Macbeth) Malcolm, Prince of Cumberland, is the elder son of the Scottish King, Duncan, in what may be William Shakespeare’s most well known work, Macbeth (the “Scottish play”), believed to have been written around 1605. Malcolm is something of an enigma in that some of his actions do not bode well for a future king. His introduction to us has him praising a sergeant who saved him from captivity in the recent rebellion, so his prowess as a warrior might be less than stellar. Nonetheless, Daddy Duncan makes him the Prince of Cumberland, which is a surefire road to the throne. This enrages Macbeth, which is not a good idea. When Macbeth and his lovely wife carry out their murder of Duncan, Malcolm and his brother skip town. Well, of course they are right to believe that they may be next on the death list, but shouldn’t a future king show some fight and fire? Stand his ground? Avenge his father? When Malcolm meets up with Macduff in England, he tests his loyalty by representing himself as unworthy to be King of Scotland, but MacDuff passes the test. We don’t see Malcolm sitting around mourning much for old dad either, and when Macduff’s entire family is slaughtered by Macbeth, Malcolm rather unsympathetically urges him to buck up and take it like a man. Urging Macduff to turn his grief to rage, Malcolm arranges for an army to march to Dunsinane and kill Macbeth. It may be the prospect of finally becoming king that seems to temper Malcolm’s attitude. He promotes all his thanes to earls and settles in for a nice peaceful trouble-free reign, inviting everyone to his coronation. Except the Macbeths.
Malcolm - a song by Ghostface Killah [explicit]
Sweet Brother Malcolm - a song by Richard Ashcroft [explicit]
Malcolm at Midnight (W. H. Beck) - When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Malcolm McDinkelstorm Fedderman Stich (Peter Carnegie) - Malcolm needed a friend. So he went to the pet store where he met a long legged, pot bellied frog. Now he has to decide what to call his new friend and with a name like Malcolm McDinkelstorm Fedderman Stich, choosing a name could be lots of fun. Full of tongue twisting and silly names and imaginative adventure, this fun and colorful book is perfect for children. Ages 3-7.
Malcolm the Butterfly (Ken Sims) - This book is three books in one: coloring book, storybook and history book. Malcolm the Butterfly is a coloring book that uses nature to tell the story of Malcolm X. His transformation from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly that learns it is not the color or the look but the character of the person that counts. Our hero learns many lessons on his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly (Walter Dean Myers) - "I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown, nor red." This was just one of the messages that Malcolm X brought to people of color. He lived by the idea that black people should demand equality by taking their lives and futures into their own hands. With guidance from the religious leader Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm became one of the most powerful leaders of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s, and his beliefs live on today. Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, together with illustrator Leonard Jenkins, delivers a straightforward and compelling portrayal of one of America's most influential figures. Recommended for ages 8-14.
Famous People Named Malcolm - Malcolm X (civil rights leader); Malcolm McDowell (actor); Malcolm-Jamal Warner (actor); Malcolm Gladwell (author/journalist); Malcolm Cowley (author); Malcolm Forbes (businessman); Malcolm Lowry (poet/novelist); Malcolm McCormick (rapper, aka Mac Miller); Malcolm Young (guitarist for AC/DC); Malcolm Cameron (football coach); Malcolm Glazer (businessman); Malcolm I-IV of Scotland (monarchs)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Malcolm - Denzel Washington (actor); Harrison Ford (actor); Melissa Mathison (screenwriter)