Growing Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld {Resource}

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, created to bring attention to all of the amazing children’s books available that celebrate diversity. Check out the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to see a wide variety of kidlit.

I am excited to be a co-Host for another year for this important initiative.

My job duties include receiving a diverse book to review from a publisher or author. I also enjoy making a craft or activity to go with the book review:

Last year, I asked my daughter’s school library to get involved by adding READ YOUR WORLD letters to their walls. We added diverse books to the top of the shelves to make them easier to find.

This year, I contacted the same librarian again and she immediately said yes. I went back to cut out more letters.

I spent a lovely afternoon in a children’s library, decorating the walls to get them ready.

I also went a step further and cut out extra letters for a few schools in my city. I added the letters to a personalized note that explained what MCBD was, and included a few copies of 2019 poster.

I went to seven schools and six welcomed the information.

At one office, the woman sitting behind the secretary started to get physically gitty with joy, when I was describing what I was dropping off, for their school librarian.

I hope to be able to start earlier next year and also go to a few public libraries.

Baby steps!

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Children Books About Palestine {Resource}

Today is a big day in the United States government as a Palestinian woman & Somalian woman are sworn into office.

All over social media, people are celebrating this historical achievement from Rashida Tlaib (Democrat – Michigan) & Ilhan Omar (Democrate – Minnesota).

They are using the hashtag #TweetYourThobe and posting photos of themselves & family members in hijab or a thobe, the Arabic word for garment. also known as a long tunic:


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These articles of clothing are worn all over the Arab world, by men and women. They are traditionally ankle-length, and usually have long sleeves.

Rashida Tlaib wore a Palestinian thobe to the swearing in ceremony, while Illhan Omar wore a hijab, a type of head cover, both firsts in the House of Representatives.

Due to my job as an Arab cultural educator, I own a lot of Arab traditional attire for my appearances, including 4 thobes from Palestine. Be sure to follow A Crafty Arab on Twitter to see the photos of them.

I also see a number of them in the stories I read to children during my storytelling sessions at the public library.

Fresh off my book list two days ago of upcoming 2019 Arab & Muslim books, I thought I’d keep the book lists going with this compilation of books where children can find Palestinian thobes.

I’ll be putting one up about women in hijab soon.

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Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the Streets Had A Name.

Abu Al-Hayyat, Maya. Blue Pool of Questions

Alareer, Refaat. Gaza Writes Back.

Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses.

Barakat, Ibtisam. Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine.

Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood.

Bashi, Golbarg. P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book.

Ellis, Deborah. Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak.

Laird, Elizabeth. A Little Piece of Ground.

MacDonald,  Margaret Read. Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!: A Palestinian Tale.

Marshood, Nabil. Palestinian: Teenage Refugees and Immigrants Speak Out.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Sitti’s Secrets.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East.

Robinson, Anthony & Annemarie Young. Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation.

Shelo, Jameeleh. Laith the Lion Goes to Palestine.

Taghreed Najjar. Who Hid the Eid Lamb?

An added bonus: We reviewed Who Hid The Eid Lamb & made a bookmark, stop by to see the tutorial

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Be sure to visit the Education page to see more books that teach about the Arab world & Muslim culture.

99 Arab Children Books

99 Muslim Children Books

20+ Arab/Muslim 2019 Children Books to Read

Welcome 2019!

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 the Arab world or Muslim culture on January 25th, 2019, our permanent new home date. 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.

While I await by my mailbox for this year’s special box, I thought I’d compile a list of 20+ upcoming children & teen books coming out of the Arab & Muslim world in 2019. I will updated them with links to buy as they are available.

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You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Nour’s Escape by Abeer Ali Al Kabani

Weight of Our Sky, The by Hanna Alkaf

Candle and The Flame, The by Nafiza Azad

Kingdom of Copper, The by S.A. Chakraborty

Gilded Wolves, The by Roshani Chokshi

Basirah the Basketballer says by Hafsah Dabiri

Think of Others by Mahmoud Darwish

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Yasmin in Charge by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin the Chef by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin the Superhero by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin the Zookeeper by Saadia Faruqi

Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Dot that Couldn’t Sit Still, The by Gulnar Hajoc

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, The by Sabina Khan

My First Book About the Prophet Muhammad: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children by Sara Khan

Gift of Ramadan, The by Rabiah Lumbard

Proudest Blue, The by Ibtihaj Muhammad

All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

Battle, The by Karuna Riazi

I hope you Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Light at the Bottom of the World, The by London Shah

Ghady & Rawan by Fatima Sharafeddine

Laith the Lion Goes to Palestine by Jameeleh Shelo

Trees for Absentees by Lubna Taha

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga


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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

9 Books to Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month {Resource}

27 Teen Books and Graphic Novels with a Muslimah Protagonist {Resource}

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