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.


Gates Foundation Giving Marketplace {Outing}

I am taking part in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center’s Giving Marketplace. I will be  volunteering at the table for Salaam Cultural Museum Medical Mission and donating sales from A Crafty Arab’s children’s educational products.

 

It will be happening this Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st.  According to their Facebook page, the event is set up for people who want to a difference this holiday season to connect with organizations making a change locally and around the world.

There are over 30 vendors set up to find unique, socially conscious gifts for family and friends at more than a dozen pop-up shops that support causes such as clean water, health, and education.

 

SCMMedical Missions will be selling jewelry made by Syrian refugee women in the Zaatari refugee camp, the third largest refugee city in the world, that is based in Jordan. It was formed in 2012 after the Syrian war started and has now developed into a permanent city, the second largest in Jordan.

 

SCMMedical Missions buys local beads, so that they carry the proper alloys & chemical components that pass American inspection, then takes them to the Zaatari refugee camp so the the women can make them into earrings, braclets and necklaces.  Then the SCMMedical Missions sells them at local fairs and gives the money back to the women.

 

I will also be selling my Arabic alphabet animal poster, Arabic colors animal poster, Arabic pronunciation magnets and the brand new Arabic alphabet coloring book.  I am donating my sales from the event because I love the organization so much.

 

Please stop by the Discovery Center at 440 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109 to support the Giving Marketplace event partners and check out our table:

 

Another volunteer and I went tonight to set up the space and it looks very exciting with all the other vendors that we saw also setting up.  Joins us and find unique, socially-conscious gifts for family and friends at dozens of pop-up shops that support causes such as women & girls, health, the environment and the refugee crisis.  There will also be an opportunity to make a gift bag and gift card for free.

 

We hope to see you there!

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

 

Update: The Giving Marketplace went very well for SCMMedicatl Missions. We were able to raise close to $1000 in two days for refugees causes.  And I sold my first Arabic coloring book.  She was ecstatic to be my first book sale, as she was buying it for friends with kids. Both of us were so excited for the transaction and hugged each other several times. Thank you Linda!

Art Residency at the Sou’Wester Lodge {Outing}

This past week I had the pleasure of participating in an art residency at the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort on the Washington coast.

I was able to teach a quilling class, while also taking the time to make paper art.

 

I had never done an art residency before and this location was perfect for a first time attendant.  I purposely asked to go in the fall because I have visited the coast multiple times with the family & really needed to spend the time making art & not be tempted to explore the area.

 

On my first day of arrival I was met with a monster of a storm.  I took some video footage of the angry ocean and spent most of my time trying to stay warm.

 

In the middle of the week, I taught a quilling class to locals.  I started by introducing them to the Arab world & explained how quilling as an art form started in ancient Egypt before moving to it’s height of popularity during the Italian Renaissance.

I showed examples of past works that have survived & talked about which pieces were the most popular when the craft came to North America. Then we had a great time making flower boxes, ornaments and jewelry.

Once the class was over, the sun finally came out & I was able to spend a little bit of time outdoor getting some exercise on the local bike trails. Of course, I still spent most of my day creating new art.

I even made some new ornaments & rings to leave in the lobby store display case.

I can’t wait to do this whole experience again.

 

Not only did I enjoy the fun of teaching quilling to a new audience, but I also enjoyed the time alone, away from family obligations, to create new work.