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

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27 Teen Books and Graphic Novels with a Muslimah Protagonist {Resource}

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

Arabic 12 Days of Christmas Nursery Rhyme {Resource}

I translated the Twelve Days Of Christmas into Arabic as Christians around the globe celebrate Christmas Eve tonight, including the 25+ million in the Arab world.

In most Western traditions, Christmas Day is considered the “First Day of Christmas” and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January. Many Arab Christians follow this calendar.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is an rhyme that is sung by children as a cumulative song. This means you say one verse, then include it in the next line as well, building up to the final verse when you repeat all the verses together. Each verse contains a series of increasingly grand gifts, given by a loved one on each of the twelve days of Christmas.

This is how it’s sung in Arabic

Fi alyawm alawal min eid almilad
Habi alhaqiqi ursil li
Alhajl fi shajarat alkumuthraa
Hamamatan barryatan
Talatu dagaagat faransiyyah
Arbau tuiur tugrrid
Hamsu hauatim dahbiyyah
Sittu wazzat tabiid
Sabu bagat tasbah
Tamani gaariat yahlibuun
Tsiu nisaa yarqusun
Asratu asiad yaqfizuun
Ahda asar zammarun yuzamirun
Itnaa asar tabbal yutabilun
 On the first day of Christmas 
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree
Two turtle doves
Three French hens
Four calling birds
Five gold rings
Six geese a-laying
Seven swans a-swimming
Eight maids a-milking
Nine ladies dancing
Ten lords a-leaping
Eleven pipers piping
Twelve drummers drumming

You can download it for free here.

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Arabic ‘Head, Shoulders, Tummy & Feet’ Nursery Rhyme {Resource}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more tutorials to teach Arabic to toddlers or check out these

Learning Arabic In A Flash {Review}

I recently received Arabic educational materials from Tuttle Publishing to review. They have a vast selection of language products from the Middle East and North Africa.

These materials could not have come at a better time, while I am improving my Arabic to head back to Morocco and my teen starts her winter break soon. We received four items total, so I’d like to break down how each one worked or didn’t work for us.

The workbook Salamaat! Learning Arabic with Ease: Learn the Basic Building Blocks of Modern Standard Arabic was designed as the first building block once you master the Arabic alphabet. It does not teach you how to connect the letters or how they are pronounced, but rather helps with sentence structure and learning the gender endings of words. The book was a little advanced for my daughter but perfect for me that I found myself taking it along on bus trips to work on worksheets. The book came with a CD of conversations which my daughter found more useful, to help hear how letters and words sound.

We also received two flashcard kits that help learn Arabic words with cards and an index booklets. Volume 1 starts easy with the first 28 cards devoted to the alphabet. Each card has four ways in which that letter is used in different words. After the alphabet, the cards have an Arabic word on the front with four derivations. On the back are the same words, but with corresponding English translation. There is also a sample sentence using the main word. The kit comes with a 32 page booklet.

Volume 2 has 448 more flashcards and includes a 48 page booklet with more key abbreviations and pronunciation guide. The cards in both kits come wrapped in a paper band, but there is a number in the upper left corner to help keep track of them all once the band is broken. The index included in both booklets has the words alphabetical in English, but gives the number on the card so they are easy to find.

We also received a little Survival Arabic Phrasebook & Dictionary: How to communicate without fuss or fear INSTANTLY! guidebook. My daughter loved the drawings inside, set up like comic strips, that showed various conversations. I loved how easy the words were to read and that many were in both Romanized form as well as authentic Arabic script to help with pronunciations.

Whether you decide to buy all four of these together, or each one alone, on your path to learning Arabic, they would make a great addition to any classroom or home use.