Spotlighting Muslim Voices: Grades K-8

  • The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

    2019 by Muhammad, Ibtihaj

    By Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad, this is the story of a girl's first day of wearing her hijab at school. When her younger sister sees that not everyone views the hijab as beautiful, they both find ways to be strong and proud of who they are. Recommended by Shelley.

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  • In My Mosque

    2021 by Yuksel, M. O.

    This picture book brought me so much joy. It provides readers who are unfamiliar with a mosque a peek into what is often and mistakenly perceived as mysterious and exclusive. In simple text and beautiful illustrations the author and the illustrator show the diversity and commonalities of different mosques around the world. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter

    2017 by Gonzales, Mark

    I loved this touching and lyrical picture book about a Latino parent who encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects of their multicultural identity. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Halal Hot Dogs

    2021 by Aziz, Susannah

    I loved reading this enjoyable and upbeat story about one contemporary Muslim family’s weekly tradition of eating together after reading the Friday prayer. Don't read this book if you're hungry because your stomach, like Musa's, will also begin to rumble! Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • A Sky-Blue Bench

    2021 by Rahman, Bahram

    I love how this picture book beautifully captures and honors Afghan children. It is a truly inspirational story of community, creativity, hope, and resilience. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Beautifully Me

    2021 by Noor, Nabela

    I love Zubi and her important reminder that we should all be kind to ourselves and accept all of our bodies. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Amira's Picture Day

    2021 by Faruqi, Reem

    What do you do when you have two important events happening at the same time and can only attend one? Amira and her brother Ziyad are so excited to spot the crescent moon that tells them that Eid is tomorrow, but when she realizes that means she will miss picture day at school, Amira is left very conflicted. I not only loved the story and validation of complex feelings and emotions but also the fabulous and expressive illustrations as well. Recommended by Becca.

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  • Your Name Is a Song

    2020 by Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah

    I absolutely loved this picture book and I wish I had this book when I was younger. At the end of the first day of school, a young Black Muslim protagonist shares her sorrow with her mother over her teacher's and classmates' inability to pronounce her name. Her mother's response lifts the girl's--and readers'--spirits by illuminating the resonating meaning and power of diverse names from many different cultures through song. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

    2012 by Khan, Hena

    Gorgeous illustrations celebrating traditions, food, and other facets of Islam. Recommended by Gudrun.

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  • Meet Yasmin!

    2019 by Faruqi, Saadia

    This chapter book series is so much fun! I enjoyed watching Yasmin have fun, be curious, and creatively solve problems. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Accidental Trouble Magnet

    2020 by Mian, Zanib

    When Omar's family moves to a new house and he starts at a new school, he is nervous because he thinks he will stand out as the new kid and because he is Muslim. Luckily for Omar, he has a great teacher and makes a new friend, Charlie. Recommended by Meleesa.

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  • The Magical Reality of Nadia

    2021 by Yūsuf, Bāsim

    An absolutely delightful story about courage, empathy, friendship, and prejudice. There is the perfect amount of humor, magic, and the importance of unity. I also loved reading about Nadia's fun facts. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Barakah Beats

    2021 by Siddiqui, Maleeha

    A joyful, lovely, nuanced story about a proud young Muslim girl named Nimra who is navigating friendships, family drama, and her beliefs, while finding her own voice. I loved the diverse cast of Muslim characters and the respectful way faith is interpreted in different ways. This would be a great read for anyone who has enjoyed Amina's Song by Hena Khan. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds

    2021 by Ahmed, Samira

    There is so much to love about this book: danger, excitement, and a couple of unlikely heroes who have to put the world back together. I also love that it's initially set in Chicago! Recommended by Caitlin.

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  • Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin's Hijab

    2021 by Huq, Priya

    After experiencing a horrific Islamophobic hate crime, Nisrin begins to explore her faith and her family history in this nuanced and complex graphic novel. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Home Is Not a Country

    2021 by Elhillo, Safia

    Nima's introspection and the constant feeling of not being 'enough' is beautifully and heartbreaking captured in verse. Elhillo's skillful lyricism and carefully chosen words are artfully profound. This is a book to be savored. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

    2017 by Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

    A candid and conversational biography in which Abdul-Jabbar recounts his early life and becoming a fantastic basketball player of his time, while shedding light on the experiences and people who helped shape him into the man he became. He also discusses how his search for peace, meaning, and fulfillment led him to convert to Islam and be a social activist. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

    2019 by Mir, Saira

    An inspiring and uplifting diverse collection of contemporary Muslim women who broke down barriers, made their voices heard, and made contributions to the fields of science, activism, fashion, film, sports, education, and other fields. Recommended by Rummanah.

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