New Teaching Resource for My Friend Jamal

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My Friend JamalWe’re already thrilled with Anna McQuinn’s My Friend Jamal, a terrific children’s book about a multicultural friendship between two boys, one of Somali ancestry and the other of Polish ancestry. Celebrating commonalities rather than differences, it is the perfect addition to our list of I’m Your Neighbor books.

We were especially thrilled to find this new teaching resource from Alanna Books, the UK publisher of My Friend Jamal. The resource links readers to definitions, resources and factual information behind the story. Teachers, parents and students can learn background information like why some people like Jamal’s family have to leave their homeland, and explanations about Muslim culture, from foods, daily prayer and the headscarf.