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…

The Arabic Quilt

Written By: Aya Khalil Illustrated by: Anait Semirdzhyan For Ages: 6 years and up Language: English & Arabic Topics Covered: Immigration, Muslim, Family, Resilience, Own Voices. Summary: When Kanzi starts school in America, she misses her home and her family in Egypt. She desperately wants to make friends and fit in. Kanzi ends up forgetting…

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…

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…

Muslim Girls Rise

Written by:¬†Saira Mir Illustrated by:¬†Aaliya Jaleel For ages:¬†8-13 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Muslim Women, Trailblazers, Historical Figures, Self-Empowerment, Feminism, Sports, Culture & Identity, Global Community, Own Voices.¬† Summary:¬† This book is a lovely book, almost anthology-like, of 18 Muslim girls (and women) that are changing the world and blazing trails. ¬†Some are well-known public figures like…

Common Threads: Adam’s Day at the Market

Written by: Huda Essa Illustrated by: Merc√® 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…

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Written by: Sabina Khan Cover Art by: For ages: YA book Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Family, Marriage, Independence, Love, Acceptance, LGBTQ Violence, Homophobia, Bangladeshi Culture & Traditions. Summary: I could NOT put this book down.  I was instantly hooked.  Warning: you will feel ALL the emotions during this read. Rukhsana is a teenager, just a few months away from…

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….