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:


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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

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

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


Gates Foundation Giving Marketplace {Resource}

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!