20+ Remarkable Muslims Children Books {Resource}

This book list about remarkable Muslims grew out of a desire to tell my children about all the achievements of those that share their faith.

For hundreds of years, books have been a wonderful resource to bring to light new views.

So it’s no surprise that if you want to expose children to Islam, it’s best to turn to books at an early age.

The following children books do a great job of introducing remarkable Muslims from times past and modern society.  I would recommend them as a must for any children’s library, not just ones in Muslim homes, to expose children to the rich, vast civilization of Islam.

The Muslims in these books were pioneers that greatly impacted the world.  I took some children books from Children’s Books about/for Arab Children, but have expanded on it to include newly published books.

I am an Amazon affiliate member, so clicking on these titles will give you the ability to purchase them. The original list started with 8 Children Books about Remarkable Muslims, but I decided to add to it, rather than create a new post, so now the list has expanded to over 20+ books.

Feel free to buy any of these books there and shukran (Arabic for thank you) for continuing to support my educational blog.


Abouraya, Karen Leggett. Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words   

Azzam, Leila. Life of Prophet Muhammad       

Demi. Al-Ghazali           

Frier, Raphaële. Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education    

Haqq, Shahada Sharelle. Stories of the Prophets in the Holy Qu’ran            

Marston, Elsa. Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria               

Maydell , Natalie. Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World   

Mir, Saira. Muslim Girls Rise             

Mis, Melody S.  Meet Malcolm X              

Mussa, Yasmin My Prophet Muhammad (S)       

National Geographic 1001 Muslim Civilization Inventions        

Rumford, James. Traveling man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta            

Sanchez Vegara, Maria Isabel. Zaha Hadid         

Shabazz, Ilyasah. Betty Before X

Shabazz, Ilyasah. X: A Novel          

Shabazz, Ilyasah. Malcolm Little      

Shabazz, Ilyasah. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

Sharafeddine, Fatima. Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina

Sharafeddine, Fatima. Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta  

Stanley, Diane. Saladin: Noble prince of Islam    

Tahir, Rana. Noor Inayat Khan (Choose Your Own Adventure Spies 

Winter, Jeanette. World Is Not A Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid  

Yousafzai, Malala. Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

Yousafzai, Malala. Malala’s Magic Pencil    


To view more Islamic resources for children, visit these Pinterest boards:
A Crafty Arab Free Printables 
Crafty Arab 99 Creative Projects
Crafty Arab Eid
Crafty Arab Ramadan Challenge


Quilled Decagram Artwork {Tutorial}

Since I’ve started selling at the Handmade Showroom, I’ve enjoyed coming up with different quilled art designs. I just finished gluing down the final circles in this Quilled Decagram.

In October, I made a eight pointed star, do I thought I would tackle a ten pointed star, a decagram.

I started with an outside. Each bend of the star was outlined with a dark blue quilled strip that was measured and hand cut to size.

Once that dried and set, I made the filling. I made 33 red loose coils, 33 tight red coils, 33 loose orange coils, 33 tight orange coils, 33 yellow loose coils, and you guessed it, 33 yellow tight coils.  This gaves the piece a total of 99 tight coils and 99 loose coils*.

Here they are pictured in a fun designed I placed them in while I was making them on my desk. And it has given me an idea for the next quilled project!

Originally I made green triangles for the center, but my family (and the online community) was so so on the idea. That is why there are green triangles in the heart above. Here is the original design. (Bonus tip – the dark blue circles were made by wrapping a strip around my quilling tool and then gluing down.) Here is everything before anything is glued in.

Since then I’ve decided to remove the green and add a flower to the center for a warmer feeling. The body of the flower is 3 dimensional, which makes it look really exceptional in the shadow box. To make the flower, I started with a small strip of red and a precut strip of pink.

I quilled my red into a tight coil and keep it on my tool, then added the pink, gluing down at the joint. I then coiled the pink, and taking off both from my tool before the final gluing. I took the circle you can see in the middle of the photo above and glued the flower inside that to give it stability. (Bonus tip – I created that solid blue circle originally by wrapping my paper around my glue bottle.)

I’ve set up another informal online poll on my Instagram account to see if people like the pink flower. Some have suggested leaving it off.

I have a few days to decide before I take it into Seattle for sale. I’ve finally found a perfect white frame for it and have taught myself how to mat cut so I can do my own framing at home.

*99 is a significant number in Islam as it’s the number of names that God posses.  I’ve been doing a number of 99 projects lately that you should check out.

Alif Mabrouk to 2016 Oscar nominated Theeb and Ave Maria {Review}

Worldwide, there are a number of people who are disappointed that the Academy Awards in 2016 will yet again be a sea of white faces with no minorities in any of the major categories. However, despite the lack of diversity at the top, there is some exciting news in other nominations.

I was thrilled to find out that movies Theeb ذيب and Ave Maria السلام عليك يا مريم have been nominated to represent Arab film at this year’s Hollywood award ceremony.

Theeb is a 2014 Jordanian Arabic-language film written and directed by Naji Abu Nowar and is nominated for a Best Foreign Film. It is the first time a movie from Jordan has been nominated.

Ave Maria is a short film out of Palestine, France and Germany and has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Alif Mabrouk (1,000 Congratulations in Arabic) and good luck to them both on February 28th in bringing home their Oscars!

Theeb (ذيب)

While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional, yet isolated, Bedouin community. The brothers’ quiet existence is interrupted when a British officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well.  Theeb secretly chases, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with mercenaries, revolutionaries, and outcast raiders. Naji Abu Nowar’s powerful and assured directorial debut is a wondrous “Bedouin Western” about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.

Ave Maria (السلام عليك يا مريم)

silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns in the middle of the West Bank
wilderness is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers come knocking
at their door for help after crashing into the convent’s wall.
The Israelis can’t operate a phone to call for assistance due to the
Sabbath laws, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they
have to come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.