The best books to empower Muslim children

The Books I Picked & Why

In My Mosque

By M. O. Yuksel, Hatem Aly

In My Mosque

Why this book?

I love In My Mosque by M.O. Yuksel and illustrated by Hatem Aly because of how authentic, vibrant and beautiful it is. I love how peaceful it feels and the beautiful lyrics describing the beauty of Mosques. I also love the back matter with so many different Mosques featured!


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Mommy's Khimar

By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Ebony Glenn

Mommy's Khimar

Why this book?

My Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Ebony Glenn was one of the first picture books by a traditionally published author I read and I was hooked! I love the relationship between the mom and child, but also the grandma, who is not Muslim, but so loved by mom and child. It’s a tender and fun story for kids to enjoy!


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Unsettled

By Reem Faruqi

Unsettled

Why this book?

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi is a beautiful MG novel in verse about an immigrant girl who misses her home, Pakistan, but learns to navigate the new world around her but stays true to herself. I love that it’s written so unapologetically and authentically captures the many struggles that Muslims face in America.


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Halal Hot Dogs

By Susannah Aziz, Parwinder Singh

Halal Hot Dogs

Why this book?

I love Halal Hot Dogs written by Susannah Aziz and illustrated by Parwinder Singh because not only is it hilarious, but highlights the different food that Palestinians/Arabs eat. I love seeing humorous picture books with Muslim characters, and Susannah does an excellent job with Halal Hot Dogs! It is filled with so much character and love!


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Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

By Saadia Faruqi

Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

Why this book?

I love Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi because of all of the emotions it’s filled. It brought me back to 20 years ago during a time when there was so much hatred towards Muslims and brown folks. It reminded me that love will always overcome hate and staying true to yourself is always important during adversity.


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