Theme: Religious Faith

Pashmina

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), India, Indian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Separation & Reunion, United States | 0 comments

Pashmina

Pashmina By Nidhi Chanani Published by First Second Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…the first (graphic novel) written and illustrated by an Indian-American creator, this is both a needed contribution and a first-rate adventure tale.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently...

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Amina’s Voice

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Korean American, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice By Hena Khan Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy...

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Deep in the Sahara

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in African (West), Ages 04 and up, Mauritania, Mauritianian, Muslim, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara   By Kelly Cunnane Illustrated by Hoda Hadadi Published by Schwartz & Wade “The warm, affirming portrait of Islam (“A malafa is for faith”) makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to...

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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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Diamonds in the Shadow

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in African (West), Ages 12 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow By Caroline Clooney Published by Random House Children’s Books “Cooney’s Connecticut church has sponsored war refugee families, and her stirring teen novel neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the brutality of their experiences.” –Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Although a work of fiction, it is the kind of story that will give readers pause to consider the world outside their neighborhood comfort zone” –Pat Trattles, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Through their love for people, yet...

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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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The White Zone

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (Central), Iraq, Iraqi, Islamic, Muslim, Shiite, Sunni, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The White Zone

The White Zone

The White Zone By Carolyn Marsden Published by Carolrhoda Books “Marsden’s detailed descriptions of everyday life make this culture come alive.” –School Library Journal “Marsden tells a story that resonates highly in today’s society where there are many different types of chaos disrupting lives and homes worldwide.” –VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nouri and his cousin Talib can only vaguely remember a time before tanks rumbled over the streets of their Baghdad neighborhood when books, not bombs, ruled Mutanabbi Street....

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The Storyteller’s Beads

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Historical, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads By Jane Kurtz Published by Harcourt Children’s Books “Although firmly grounded in the realities of Ethiopian life, which Kurtz (who grew up in Ethiopia) helps the reader see, hear, feel, and smell, the story is also universal, and will provoke reflection on prejudice, tolerance, and identity.” –Children’s Literature “This ultimately heartening novel is a solid addition to the growing body of middle-grade books for a multicultural world.” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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Santa Claus in Baghdad

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Iraq, Iraqi, Jordan, Jordanian, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Palestinian American, Refugee Camp, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Tunisia | Comments Off on Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad By Elsa Marston Published by Indiana University Press “Though few examples of popular culture depict Arabs in a positive light, Marston’s collection is one of the exceptions. Eight Muslim teen narrators are hopeful in the face of poverty, grief, and despair. The author, who worked and traveled extensively to the Middle East, has an uncanny ability to understand the Muslim culture and relay her characters’ innermost thoughts to Western audiences” –Chantal Walvoord,  ForeWord  Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description What is it like to be a...

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Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Indian American, Sikh American, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

By Delanie Honda (Intern to I’m Your Neighbor) I recently completed Shine, Coconut Moon, which Kirsten posted about last week (see the post here). Having completed this book, I wanted to follow up and reiterate Kirsten’s encouragement to purchase and read this title. Samar, aka Sam, was raised as a typical American teenager by her mom and has given little thought to her Sikh and Indian background until her Uncle Sandeep reconnects with her family. Sam comes to learn more about her cultural background as her relationship with uncle deepens and so does the reader. Prior to reading...

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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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Does My Head Look Big In This?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Australia, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Pakistani Australian, Palestinian Australian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Orchard Books “…the book is wonderful at showing the diversity within Muslim communities and in explaining why so many women choose to wear the hijab.” —School Library Journal “What’s so good about the story is just how easy it is for non-Muslim readers to relate to Amal; and I’m sure Muslim readers will snap this one up since they rarely see themselves portrayed in YA literature.” —KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision...

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Sikh American YA Novel

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Indian American, Sikh American, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Sikh American YA Novel

Sikh American YA Novel

In respect to the victims of the tragedy in Wisconsin and in the fight to curb the ignorance and prejudice that caused it, we encourage you to purchase a copy of  the Sikh American young adult novel, Shine, Coconut Moon for your public or school library.  Neesha Meminger’s book about a teen girl exploring her Sikh heritage introduces the reader to some of the basics of the Sikh culture and faith. We also recommend the series of Teaching Tolerance resources mentioned in the article, We Honor Sikhs by Learning About...

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The Glass Collector

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Egpyt, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Survival, Zabbaleen | Comments Off on The Glass Collector

The Glass Collector

The Glass Collector By Anna Perera Published by Albert Whitman and Company “Perera draws a vivid portrait of the community’s squalid living conditions, as people eat, sleep, and work amid piles of rotting garbage collected for recycling, while dreaming of better futures…A powerful rendering of human struggle, resilience, and hope.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Fifteen-year-old Aaron lives amongst the rubbish piles in the slums of Cairo. His job? To collect broken glass. His life? Wasted. His hope? To find a...

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