Top Arab and/or Muslim Children Books for 2021 {Resource}

Welcome 2021 and the following beautiful children books by Arab and/or Muslim authors, or about Arab and/or Muslim kids, to enjoy!

With January upon us, 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 on January 31st, 2021.

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. In 2020, I was blessed with a Palestinian American book.

As I await by my mailbox for this year’s special delivery, I thought I’d compile a list of 40+ upcoming PB (picture books), MG (middle grade) and YA (young adult) books coming out of the Arab & Muslim diaspora in 2021.

I will updated them with links to buy as they are available, so be sure to bookmark this page. Links will take you to Amazon, as I am affiliate member and use money made from any purchases to pay for the hosting of this website. Shukran (Arabic for thank you) for supporting my research. The biggest compliment you can give me would be if you could share this with a caregiver, teacher or parent who is interested in these books for their children.


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad   

Halal Hotdog by Susannah Aziz Aziz, Parwinder Singh (Illustrator        

Counting down with you by Tashie Bhuiyan

Sanctuary by Marina Budhos

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda 

Daevabad Short Stories #4 by S.A. Chakraborty

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

Farah Rocks New Beginnings by Susan Muaddi Darraj     

We Free the Stars by Hafizah Faizal    

The Boy Who Met a  Whale by Nizrana Farook

Amira’s Picture Day by Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi      

Yasmin the Librarian by Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)    

Yasmin the Recycler by Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)    

Yasmin the Scientist by Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)   

Yasmin the Singer by Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)

Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi    

Better Together Cinderella by Ashley Franklin, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)

Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz        

Rumaysa – a Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza

Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza       

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron      

Hani and Ishu’s guide to fake dating by Adiba Jaigirdarm              

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin               

Amina’s Song by Hena Khan         

Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan      

Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani 

The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din         

Ayesha Dean: The Lisbon Lawbreaker by Melati Lum 

Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood (had been set to release in 2020)

The Khan by Saima Mir

The Lady or the Lion by Aamna Qureshi

Seeds of Promise by Sana Rafi

Hannah and the Ramadan Gift by Qasim Rashid, Aaliya Jaleel (Illustrator)

Diana and the Underworld Odyssey by Aisha Saeed      

Journey to the Heart of the Abyss by London Shah

House of Glass Hearts by Leila Siddiqui

Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui         

Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)

In My Mosque by M.O. Yuksel, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)

Please bookmark this page for updates. I will also be adding a second page of adult books.


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.