Muslim American

A Long Pitch Home

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (Southwest), Muslim, Muslim American, North America, Pakistan, Pakistani American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home By Natalie Dias Lorenzi Published by Charlesbridge Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to...

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New Muslim Children’s Book Imprint

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Muslim, Muslim American | Comments Off on New Muslim Children’s Book Imprint

New Muslim Children’s Book Imprint

I’m You Neighbor it delighted by the announcement of the new Muslim imprint at Simon & Schuster! Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for young readers of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. In addition to publishing works acquired through literary...

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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Ages 03 and up, Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors By Hena Khan Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini Published by Chronicle Books “A sophisticated color-concept book featuring a contemporary family introduces Islam to young Muslims and children who don’t practice this faith” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors...

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The Garden of My Imaan

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Islamic, Moroccan American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of my Imaan By Farhana Zia Published by Peachtree Publishers “People of all religions and other minority groups will appreciate and relate to Aliya’s experiences and hopefully seek to improve themselves.” –Children’s Literature “…Zia’s gentle message–that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all–is timely and beautifully conveyed.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling...

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Shooting Kabul

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Xenophobia | Comments Off on Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “For all of Fadi’s differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today.”—Steven Kral, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadis parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When...

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Outcasts United

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iraqi, Jordanian, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Outcasts United

Outcasts United

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town By Warren St. John Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers “…An uplifting underdog story that will appeal to readers interested in the immigrant experience and the surprising role sports can play in people’s lives.” –Kirkus Reviews “Not merely about soccer, St. John’s book teaches readers about the social and economic difficulties of adapting to a new culture and the challenges facing a town with a new and disparate population” —School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon...

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Skunk Girl

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl By Sheba Karmin Published by Farrar Straus Giroux “Karim’s first novel provides a rare exploration of Muslim culture and will be a welcome addition to teen collections.” –Lynn Rutan, Booklist “Whether they share Nina’s circumstances or not, readers will readily identify with her struggle, and they’ll find her an endearing and admirable literary companion.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system – the one she’s sure all the...

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New Mainers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Indian American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on New Mainers

New Mainers

New Mainers: Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors By Pat Nyhan Photography by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest Published by Tilbury House Publishers “The personal stories are what make this book a much-needed education about where Maine fits into the global agenda…. It’s new and it’s startling, and I believe that reading it is certain to enrich a reader’s interest in the greater world and all it has to offer.” —Capital Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Who are these new Mainers, and why have they come here? They are from...

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I Remember Warm Rain

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iranian American, Iraqi, Kenya, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Somalia, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain Photos by Laura Lewis Published by The Telling Room Find a copy from The Telling Room Store     Description Fifteen students, from countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Iran are represented in our first anthology, I Remember Warm Rain. In it, you meet Ali killing hyenas and Arunda speaking to his father by phone after ten years of believing he is dead. You meet Kahiye, revealing his first experience of snow, and Stella doing something once forbidden to her, playing a game she loves: soccer. These rich stories were written as part of The Telling...

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The Best Eid Ever

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on The Best Eid Ever

The Best Eid Ever

The Best Eid Ever By Asma Mobin-Uddin Illustrated by Laura Jacobsen Published by Boyds Mills Publisher “This beautifully composed story straddles two worlds-America and Islamic Indo-Pakistani culture…This is a welcome contribution, giving much-needed visibility to a celebration observed by over ten million people in North America.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Eid, and Aneesa should be happy. But her parents are thousands of miles away for the Hajj pilgrimage. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her a...

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Night of the Moon

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story By Hena Khan Illustrated by Julie Paschkiss Published by Chronicle “Sweet and visually striking, this is a good choice both for children who celebrate these holidays and for others seeking a bridge to their culture.” –Publishers Weekly “Khan deftly weaves information about the culinary and cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with the little girl’s love of her family and growing understanding of her role in the outside world.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Yasmeen, a...

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Nadia’s Hands

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands By Karen English Illustrated by Jonathan Weiner Published by Boyds Mills Press “…an interesting premise – one that rings true for many children of immigrant communities, seeking to find a place and identity…” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Saturday is Auntie Laila’s wedding day and Nadia has been chosen as flower girl. The morning of the ceremony, Auntie Amina prepares Nadia’s hands in the traditional way. Using henna, a natural dye, she creates intricate designs,...

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Moon Watchers

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Iranian American, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Moon Watchers

Moon Watchers

Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle By Reza Jalali Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Tilbury House “Non-Muslim readers will walk away with a more developed global perspective, [and] Muslims will relate the tale to their own Ramadan experiences” —ForeWord Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Looking through the tall trees in their backyard in Maine, Shirin and her dad search for a glimpse of the new moon, the sign that the month of Ramadan has begun. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world pray, fast, and pay...

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The Day of the Pelican

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Kosovo, Muslim, Muslim American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Persecution | Comments Off on The Day of the Pelican

The Day of the Pelican

The Day of the Pelican By Katherine Paterson Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  “In this powerful, finely crafted novel, Paterson unveils the experience of Muslim Albanians in the Kosovo war” —Publisher’s Weekly “…a solid addition to the scant offerings on this subject.” —Kirkus Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors, and suddenly they are...

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Something About America

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Something About America

Something About America

Something About America By Maria Testa Published by Candlewick “…her stirring words enhance a sense of the characters’ experiences and emotions, particularly those of a young person caught between cultures” —Gillian Engberg, Booklist “Simplicity of language is a powerful counterpoint to the emotional complexity of the immigrants’ story” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What happens to a dream divided? Draping colorful scarves around her neck, the thirteen-year-old from Kosova...

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The Color of Home

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 04 and up, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Color of Home

The Color of Home

The Color of Home By Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Karin Littlewood Published by Penguin Group “…Readers gain a realistic child’s perspective on what it is like to be forced to emigrate from a war-torn country.” —Ajokei T. I. Kokodoko, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This remarkably moving picture book follows first-grader Hassan through his first few days at school. Hassan has only recently arrived in the United States after he and his family were forced to flee Somalia, and he deeply misses the colorful landscape...

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Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Author / Illustrator Research, Cambodian American, Iranian American, Muslim, Muslim American | Comments Off on Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

“Veasna remembered her own escape from the war, lost in a bamboo forest, fearing wolves and other wild animals, saying to herself, ‘I’m going to die here.'” Children’s author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien was featured on the International Reading Association’s ENGAGE Teacher to Teacher blog telling how her community relationships fed the creation of the children’s book set in the Cambodian American community, A Path of Stars (Charlesbridge Publishing) and Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle (Tilbury House Publishing). Read the...

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