20+ Black History Month Muslim Children Books {Resource}

This list of 24 children’s books was created to celebrate Black Muslim authors and protagonists for February’s Black History Month.

The Pew Research Center estimates the total populations of Muslims in the United States at 2.35 million, with Black/African-American Muslims making up 20% of that population. Some have ancestral ties as turn of the century slaves stolen from West/Central Africa, or others have converted in the recent centuries.

In American history, Malcolm X is considered the first person to start the movement among African Americans towards mainstream Islam, after he made the pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.

I’ve already compiled a list of Malcolm X books, so I thought I’d gather a list of other books written about and/or by Black Muslims in America, for children.

This blog post is part of the fifth annual Black History Month Blog Hop from Multicultural Kids Blog. This event brings together various blogs from around the world to explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora.

Please visit the other blogs at the bottom of this post for more educational posts about this important month in our calendar.

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Nanni’s Hijab by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

Adam To Zamzam And Fun In The Sun by Jamila Alqarnain & Karimah Alhark

Fun in the Sun by Jamila Alqarnain & Karimah Alhark            

Hind’s Hands: A Story about Autism by Jamila Alqarnain & Karimah Alhark    

Princess And The Good Deed, The by Jamila Alqarnain & Karimah Alhark      

Rasheed’s Deeds by Jamila Alqarnain & Karimah Alhark            

Yak in the Back by Jamila Alqarnain & Karimah Alhark           

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Hannah Habibi Learns About Modesty by Janette Grant

Sameerah’s Hijab: and the first day of school by Janette Grant

Beauty Of My Hijab by Fatimah Ashaela Moore Ibrahim

Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, The by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Bashirah and The Amazing Bean Pie Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins

Ngozi’s Little Brown Princess Tea Party by Asiyah Muhsin-Thomas

Sadiq and the Desert Star by Nuurali. Siman          

Little Brother for Sale by Rahma Rodaah    

Muhiima’s Quest by Rahma Rodaah,         

Wahid and His Special Friend by Robyn Saleem-Abdusamad   

You Are Beautiful by Robyn Saleem-Abdusamad 

Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf      Robyn Saleem-Abdusamad  

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz        

Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz        

Silly Monkey by Rhoda Sye

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow        

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Black History Month on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to our fifth annual Black History Month Blog Hop, where together we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora.

You can also follow our Black History board on Pinterest:

Participating Blogs

Creative World of Varya on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Black History Month – How It Matters to Us

A Crafty Arab: 24 Black and Muslim Children’s Books

Growing Up Gupta: 10 Interesting Facts About Shirley Chisholm

Great Family Reads: Books About Black Leaders in History for Kids

Mama Smiles: Black History Month Facts and Printable Timeline

Mommy Evolution: African American Toddler Books

Crafty Moms Share: Black Inventors

20+ Arab World Palestine Children Books {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

2019 Arab Muslim Children Books {Resource}

Welcome 2019 and all these beautiful 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 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.

{Update: This list started with 20+ books, but has expanded to over 80, plus now includes an adult section. Also, 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.}

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Nour’s Escape by Abeer Ali Al Kabani

Weight of Our Sky, The by Hanna Alkaf

Owl & Cat: Hajj Coloring & Activity Book by Emma Apple

Candle and The Flame, The by Nafiza Azad

Two Pigeons On A Pilgrimage: A Hajj Story by Rabia Bashir

Trees for Absentees by Ahlam Bsharat

Long Ride, The by Marina Budhos

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby

Kingdom of Copper, The by S.A. Chakraborty

Gilded Wolves, The by Roshani Chokshi

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney *Book Review Coming*

Basirah the Basketballer says by Hafsah Dabiri

I Say Alhamdulillah (I Say Board Books) by Noor H. Dee

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Yasmin in Charge by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Chef by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Superhero by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Zookeeper by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

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

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

30 days of learning and good deeds by Bachar Karroum

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

More to the Story by Hena Khan

Kick the Moon by Muhammad 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

Ayesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum

Gift of Ramadan, The by Rabiah Lumbard

Accidental Trouble Magnet: Book 1 (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian

Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir

By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

Proudest Blue, The by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Whose Doll is this? by Taghreed Najjar

Ghoul, The by Taghreed Najjar *Book Review Coming*

My Brother and Me by Taghreed Najjar

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian              

Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

Sadiq and the Fun Run by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

Sadiq and the Green Thumbs by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

Sadiq and the Pet Problem by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

Star Outside My Window, The by Onjali Q. Rauf

Battle, The by Karuna Riazi

I hope you Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Aladdin: Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Zaha Hadid by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

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

Olive Harvest in Palestine: A story of childhood memories by Wafa Shami

Laila and the Sands of Time by Shirin Shamsi

Ghady & Rawan by Fatima Sharafeddine

Laith the Lion Goes to Palestine by Jameeleh Shelo

My Past Is A Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Satoko and Nada Vol. 2  by Yupechika

2019 Arab & Muslim Adult

Book Releases

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Life in a Country Album: Poems by Nathalie Handal      

A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib

Chai Factor, The by Farah Heron

Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Aisha Jassat

Unmarraigeable by Soniah Kamal

It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariam Khan

Other Americans  by Laila Lalami   

Tower, The by Shereen Malherbe       

This Green And Pleasant Land  by Ayisha Malik

Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem

Bird King, The by G. Willow Wilson

Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, Vol I , The by Reimena Yee

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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.