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Celebrating Muslim Voices

Diversity and representation in children’s literature are crucial in promoting empathy and understanding of different cultures, especially for children growing up in a multicultural society. Whether you’re from a Muslim family looking for more representation in children’s literature or a parent or teacher of non-Muslim children and are looking to add more inclusive children’s books that celebrate Muslim culture, there are stories waiting to meet you.  Muslim authors have been making significant strides in promoting inclusivity and representation by writing children’s books that showcase diverse characters and storylines. 

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites that are written from the voices of Muslim authors that are perfect during Ramadan, Eid, or just any old Thursday.   

Abdul's Story

Author: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Illustrator: Tiffany Rose

A little boy who loves storytelling but struggles with writing learns that it’s okay to make mistakes in this charming and encouraging picture book from the author of Mommy’s Khimar.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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Bilal Cooks Daal

Author: Aisha Saeed

Illustrator: Anoosha Syed

Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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Mommy's Khimar

Author: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Illustrator: Ebony Glenn

A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn.

Ages: 4+

Price: $17.99

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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K. Ali

Illustrator: Hatem Aly 

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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Not Quite Snow White

Author: Ashley Franklin

Illustrator: Ebony Glenn

A delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika encourages us all to let our magic shine.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $7.99

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The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship

Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K. Ali

Illustrator: Hatem Aly

The sequel to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Proudest Blue shows the power of friendship and kindness, from Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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Yasmin in Charge

Author: Saadia Faruqi

illustrator: Hatem Aly

In this collection of four stories, Yasmin takes charge of some sticky situations! At home, at school, or out and about, Yasmin faces challenges head on with creativity and quick thinking. Whether she’s creating a new recipe, finding a way to rescue a stuck toy for a little friend, or calming down monkeys (and classmates!), a clever solution to any problem is just around the corner!

Ages: 5-8

Price: $5.99

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Sadiq and the Gamers

Author: Siman Nuurali

Illustrator: Christos Slaltsas

Sadiq and his friends are starting a video game club at school. They have fun playing together and planning a tournament for the whole school to participate in. But when their club needs a service project, the club members are stumped. How can they help people with video games? 

Ages: 6-8

Price: $6.99

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Power Forward

Author: Hena Khan

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the first book in an exciting new middle-grade series about a fourth-grader with big dreams of basketball stardom.

Ages: 7-10

Price: $6.99

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Amina's Song

Author: Hena Khan

 

In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.

Ages: 8-12

Price: $7.99

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Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet

Author: Zanib Mian

Omar and his family have just moved, and he is NOT excited about starting at a new school. What if the work is too hard or the kids are mean or the teacher is a zombie alien?! Luckily, Omar’s enormous imagination and goofy family help him get through life’s ups and downs.

Ages: 7-10

Price: $7.99

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Anything catch your eye?  Let these be a starting point for stories centered in the Muslim experience.  Let us know your favorites.   

 

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