Welcome 2020 and all these stunning children books by Arab and/or Muslim authors, or about Arab and/or Muslim kids, to enjoy!
Now that January has arrived, it means that Multicultural Children’s Book Day is right around the corner.
I am so excited to be co-Hosting another year and will be sharing a review of a book about a Palestinian little girl on January 31st, 2020.
To recap, I was sent a Persian book in 2017, and a Sudanese book in 2018, both great additions to diverse kidlit book shelves around the world. I was fortune enough to receive three books for my 2019 Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviews, which can be found here, here and here.
As I await by my mailbox for this year’s special delivery, I thought I’d compile a list of 20+ upcoming PB (picture books), MG (middle grade) and YA (young adult) books coming out of the Arab & Muslim diaspora in 2020. I will updated them with links to buy as they are available.
Silverwood by Diana Abu-Jaber
Out Of Touch by Haleh Agar
How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
Once Upon an Eid by SK Ali and Aisha Saeed
The Girl And The Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat
Santuary by Marina Budhos
The Empire Of Gold By S.A. Chakraborty
Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Farah Rocks Summer Break by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu
Court of Lions: A Mirage Novel (Mirage Series) by Somaiya Daud
Baba, What Does My Name Mean?: A Journey to Palestine by Rifk Ebeid
We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal
The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook
Yasmin the Friend by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin the Gardener by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin the Soccer Star by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin the Writer by Saadia Faruqi
Alya and the Three Cats by Amina Hachimi Alaoui
The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain
Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khali
Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan
Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabrina Khan
Thorn by Intisar Khanani
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard
More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan
I Went for Hajj by Na’ima B. Robert
Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed and Becky Albertalli
Hafsa’s Kisses by Tayyaba Syed
Noor Inayat Khan (Choose Your Own Adventure Spies) by Rana Tahir
Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Satoko and Nada Vol. 3 by Yupechika
Satoko and Nada Vol. 4 by Yupechika
2020 Arab & Muslim Adult
The Gatekeeper’s Notebook by Sahar Abdulaziz
Out of Touch by Haleh Agar
Even in the Breaks by Hend Hegazi
The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar
How the Water Holds Me by Tariq Luthun
The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah
Please bookmark this page for updates. On January 1, 2019 I compiled a book list that was 20+ books but when December 31, 2019 had arrived, the list had close to 90 books.
To see more books lists for children & teens that teach about the Arab world or Muslim culture, visit the education page, that has hundreds like these
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