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:


ثَوْب

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}

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more.


Pakistan Straw Topper Flag {Tutorial} Plus Meet Yasmin {Book Review}

I was recently sent the picture book Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly, from Capstone Publishing.

This fictional tale is about a spirited second grader named Yasim, who lives with a multi-generational Pakistani American family.  She has adventures as an explorer, a painter, a builder and a fashionista.

I took the book to my story time at the library and it got a room full of thumbs up. Everyone that attends is in age range of 4-6, so the book was perfect since the author suggests a range of 5-8.  I read them the chapter on  Yasmin being a painter.  We then talked about times we were in art class when we feel that we are not any good.  The kids loved that there was a person just like them, who feels that way about their artwork too.  It was such a great discussion about how art allows you to make mistakes.

While reading the story, I returned to talk about the word “jaan” in the chapter.  Yasmin’s mother says it to her and I shared the appendix in the back with the kids to show them what it means, life, and is used as a term of endearment in Urdu. I also showed the kids another page on Pakistan facts and a recipe for lassi, a yogurt drink.

When I got home, I shared the book with my teen, who wanted to try to make the lassi.

She had a little fun with the straw, by adding a Pakistan flag, based on our previous moon & star straw toppers.  There is an image of it in the back on the Pakistan facts page. The flag is a green field with a white crescent moon and five-rayed star at its center, and a vertical white stripe at the hoist side. Since the side of the flag is white, when she drinks the lassi, the clear straw also turns white.

The drink recipe only took a few minutes to make and was so yummy.

Lassi Ingredients

3 cups plain yogurt
2 cups milk
ice cubes
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

My daughter placed the ice in a blender first.

After crushing it, she added all the other ingredients.

After everything was pureed, we placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours to get cold.

While we were waiting for the lassi to get cold, we made a Pakistan flag with a few simple things we had around the house. Including a fun bottle of fabric paint I received as a Plaid Ambassador.

Supplies

Green felt
Fabric paint
Straw
Paintbrush
Scissors

My daughter started by cutting out a small flag shape from the green felt. It measured approximately 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

My daughter then used the scissors to cut out two slits for the straw to fit.

She used the fabric paint to create a stripe on the side of the flag, covering up the slits she just cut.

My daughter used the smallest brush we had, to create a small crescent moon and star shape on the side.

Once the Pakistan flag straw topper was dry, we used it to drink the cold lassi.

What a fun book Meet Yasmin! is and we are so happy to try a new drink.

Check out other book reviews that include crafts on the education page. Visit these other easy, multicultural kid recipes.

Eid Party Fruit Snack {Recipe}

Ramadan Man’ousheh Mini Bites {Recipe}

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun tutorials.