2020 Arab Muslim Children Books {Resource}

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.

Please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to check out the Arab & Muslim children books board. Also, be sure to visit the educational resource page.


Silverwood by Diana Abu-Jaber

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed

Once Upon an Eid by SK Ali and Aisha Saeed

Santuary by Marina Budhos

The Empire Of Gold By S.A. Chakraborty

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu

We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal         

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

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

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
Book Releases

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

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

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.

Arabesque Quilling Art Show {Resource}

I have been working on quilled artwork for an upcoming arabesque quilling art show I have exhibiting at an art gallery in Seattle.

The show will open on December 6th with an annual holiday party from 5-8pm and will be located at the Suzanne Zahr, Art & Architecture Gallery on Mercer Island.

All six pieces are brand new and were created within the last few months.

Quilled Orange Khatam

Quilled Green Khatam

Quilled Blue Allah

Quilled Pink Allah

Quilled Finding Beauty

Quilled Finding Peace

I hope you get a chance to see them in person by visiting at 2441 76th Ave SE, Ste 160, Mercer Island, Washington 98040.

Feel free to stop by these other quilling resources