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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Ages 03 and up, Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors By Hena Khan Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini Published by Chronicle Books “A sophisticated color-concept book featuring a contemporary family introduces Islam to young Muslims and children who don’t practice this faith” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors...

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The Garden of My Imaan

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Islamic, Moroccan American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of my Imaan By Farhana Zia Published by Peachtree Publishers “People of all religions and other minority groups will appreciate and relate to Aliya’s experiences and hopefully seek to improve themselves.” –Children’s Literature “…Zia’s gentle message–that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all–is timely and beautifully conveyed.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling...

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Shooting Kabul

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Xenophobia | Comments Off on Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “For all of Fadi’s differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today.”—Steven Kral, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadis parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When...

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The White Zone

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (Central), Iraq, Iraqi, Islamic, Muslim, Shiite, Sunni, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The White Zone

The White Zone

The White Zone By Carolyn Marsden Published by Carolrhoda Books “Marsden’s detailed descriptions of everyday life make this culture come alive.” –School Library Journal “Marsden tells a story that resonates highly in today’s society where there are many different types of chaos disrupting lives and homes worldwide.” –VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nouri and his cousin Talib can only vaguely remember a time before tanks rumbled over the streets of their Baghdad neighborhood when books, not bombs, ruled Mutanabbi Street....

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A Stone in my Hand

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Gaza Strip, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Palestinian, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on A Stone in my Hand

A Stone in my Hand

A Stone in my Hand By Cathryn Clinton Published by Candlewick Press “With a sharp eye for nuances of culture and the political situation in the Middle East, Clinton has created a rich, colorful cast of characters and created an emotionally charged novel.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description The year is 1988 in Gaza City, and it has been a month since eleven-year-old Malaak’s father left to seek work in Israel, only to disappear. Every day Malaak climbs to the roof and waits, speaking little to anyone, preferring the company of...

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My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bangladeshi American, Islamic, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece By Annabel Pitcher Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers “This book is a great catalyst for opening conversations about death and loss as well as difficult discussions about hatred and prejudice.” –Children’s Literature “This debut novel, set in the UK, will resonate with readers in post-9/11 America, many of whom will also relate to the issues of family alcoholism, bullying, and friendship that transcend cultural divisions…Don’t let it fall between the cracks.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at...

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Skunk Girl

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl By Sheba Karmin Published by Farrar Straus Giroux “Karim’s first novel provides a rare exploration of Muslim culture and will be a welcome addition to teen collections.” –Lynn Rutan, Booklist “Whether they share Nina’s circumstances or not, readers will readily identify with her struggle, and they’ll find her an endearing and admirable literary companion.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system – the one she’s sure all the...

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Ten Things I Hate About Me

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Australia, Islamic, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Muslim | Comments Off on Ten Things I Hate About Me

Ten Things I Hate About Me

Ten Things I Hate About Me By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Orchard Books “On one level an accessible and enjoyable drama of teenage live, on another, a thought-provoking examination of the pressures faced by young women, particularly Muslims, growing up in a westernized society, this is a book every library should contain.” –The Guardian (UK)   Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description “At school I’m Aussie-blonde Jamie — one of the crowd. At home I’m Muslim Jamilah — driven mad by my Stone Age dad....

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The Best Eid Ever

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on The Best Eid Ever

The Best Eid Ever

The Best Eid Ever By Asma Mobin-Uddin Illustrated by Laura Jacobsen Published by Boyds Mills Publisher “This beautifully composed story straddles two worlds-America and Islamic Indo-Pakistani culture…This is a welcome contribution, giving much-needed visibility to a celebration observed by over ten million people in North America.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Eid, and Aneesa should be happy. But her parents are thousands of miles away for the Hajj pilgrimage. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her a...

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Night of the Moon

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story By Hena Khan Illustrated by Julie Paschkiss Published by Chronicle “Sweet and visually striking, this is a good choice both for children who celebrate these holidays and for others seeking a bridge to their culture.” –Publishers Weekly “Khan deftly weaves information about the culinary and cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with the little girl’s love of her family and growing understanding of her role in the outside world.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Yasmeen, a...

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Nadia’s Hands

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands By Karen English Illustrated by Jonathan Weiner Published by Boyds Mills Press “…an interesting premise – one that rings true for many children of immigrant communities, seeking to find a place and identity…” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Saturday is Auntie Laila’s wedding day and Nadia has been chosen as flower girl. The morning of the ceremony, Auntie Amina prepares Nadia’s hands in the traditional way. Using henna, a natural dye, she creates intricate designs,...

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Moon Watchers

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Iranian American, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Moon Watchers

Moon Watchers

Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle By Reza Jalali Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Tilbury House “Non-Muslim readers will walk away with a more developed global perspective, [and] Muslims will relate the tale to their own Ramadan experiences” —ForeWord Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Looking through the tall trees in their backyard in Maine, Shirin and her dad search for a glimpse of the new moon, the sign that the month of Ramadan has begun. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world pray, fast, and pay...

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Does My Head Look Big In This?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Australia, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Pakistani Australian, Palestinian Australian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Orchard Books “…the book is wonderful at showing the diversity within Muslim communities and in explaining why so many women choose to wear the hijab.” —School Library Journal “What’s so good about the story is just how easy it is for non-Muslim readers to relate to Amal; and I’m sure Muslim readers will snap this one up since they rarely see themselves portrayed in YA literature.” —KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision...

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