Our Favorite Day of the Year

Written by: A.E. Ali Illustrated by: Rahele Jomepour Bell For ages: 4-8 years Language: English, some Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish. Topics Covered: School, Friendship, Holidays, Judaism, LGBTQ Families, Islam, STEM, BIPOC Protagonists. Summary:  This story follows a young Black Muslim boy named Musa when he starts school, but doesn’t know anyone. Musa is assigned to a table with 3 other boys-…

My Grandma and Me

Written by: Mina Javaherbin Illustrated by: Lindsey Yankey For ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Islam, Culture & Traditions, Global Community, Muslim, Cross-Religion Friendships, Own Voices, Iran.  Summary: This is a lovely story about a young girl growing up in Iran and the strong relationship she has with her grandmother.  They are Muslim, and the young girl is the…

Yasmin- Chapter Books

Topics Covered: Own Voices, Pakistani Muslim Family, Friendship. Summary:  This 12 book series (we have 3) is all about Yasmin, a bright and kind young girl whose family is proud of their Pakistani heritage. The stories revolve are Yasmin, and are early chapter books. I love books like this because they’re essentially still picture books but…

The Proudest Blue

Written by: Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali Illustrated by: Hatem Aly For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Muslim Identity, Islamophobia, Family, Growing Up, Siblings, Own Voices, Lived Experiences, POC-Centric Narratives, Resilience, Strength.  Summary: The Proudest Blue is a story about Asiya’s first day hijab, which she has chosen because it’s the color of the sky.  Faizah, Asiya’s younger sister, is our narrator…

Internment

Written by: Samira Ahmed Cover Art by: art by Dana Ledl, design by Karina Granda  For ages: YA 12 years and up Language: English, some Arabic. Topics Covered: Islamophobia, Internment, Violence, Military Action, Oppression, History, Subversion, Independent Thought, Activism, Friendship, Love, Growing Up, Relationships.  Summary:  For #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to make a pairing where the food was reminiscent of the…

The Gift of Ramadan

Written by: Rabiah York Lumbard Illustrated by: Laura K. Horton For ages: 4-8 years Language: English, some Arabic. Topics Covered: Muslim Experience, Holidays, Ramadan, Islam, Family, Love, Social-Emotional Learning.  Summary:  This is a lovely introduction book to the holiday of Ramadan, told through main character Sophia’s eyes.  We are so pleased to have already seen a handful of book reviews…

Common Threads: Adam’s Day at the Market

Written by: Huda Essa Illustrated by: Mercè Tous For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Global Community, Family, Diversity, Kindness, Clothing, Islam, Culture & Traditions.  Summary: Adam and his parents go to the outdoor market one day, and he sees a bright blue jay.  Following it, Adam doesn’t realize he’s left his parents behind until he tugs…

Yo Soy Muslim

Written by: Mark Gonzales Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini For ages: 3 years and up Language: English & Spanish, mention of speaking Arabic (but none in book). Topics Covered: Family, Religion,Muslim Identity, Culture & Traditions, Love, Community, Islamophobia, Social-Emotional Learning, Multicultural Families.  Summary: This is an incredibly beautiful story written from the perspective of a father’s letter to his daughter about being…

Mommy’s Khimar

Written by: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow Illustrated by: Ebony Glenn For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Love, Islam, Muslim Identity, POC-Centric Narratives, Culture & Traditions. Summary: This book is about a little girl and how much she loves her mother’s khimars. She goes into her closet and looks at all of the colorful scarves, finally choosing her favorite yellow one….

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

Written by: Hena Khan Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini For Ages: Infant and Up Language: English and Arabic Topics Covered: Muslim Culture, Historic Narratives, Islam, Global Community, Geometry and Shapes. Summary: This rhyming book intertwines shapes with Muslim culture and religion.  Additionally, each page features a different country where an Islamic community exists and thrives.  This…