Children’s Books with Muslim Main Characters
By Kerry McGuire
Check out this month’s booklist, which features children’s books of all Interest Levels that have a Muslim main character or characters. There are stories from many genres to choose from: adorable picture books, inspiring nonfiction, romance and hard-hitting contemporary. They all celebrate Muslim culture in their own way.
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly
LY | Quiz # 239616 | BL 2.3 | Andersen Press
The first day of school is also the first day of hijab for little Faizah’s sister, Asiya, who selects a beautiful shade of blue to wear.
Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time by Saira Mir, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel
LY | Quiz # 240049 | BL 5.4 | Salaam Reads
Discover the true stories of nineteen unstoppable Muslim women of the twenty-first century who have risen above challenges, doubts, and sometimes outright hostility to blaze trails in a wide range of fields.
Amira’s Picture Day by Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Fahmida Azim
LY | Quiz # 241251 | BL 3.5 | Holiday House
A joyful and sensitive look at the Muslim holiday of Eid seen through the eyes of an exuberant girl.
More to the Story by Hena Khan
MY | Quiz # 240048 | BL 4.5 | Salaam Reads
As features editor of her school newspaper, Jameela wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters.
Rumaysa: A Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza
MY | Quiz # 240606 | BL 4.9 | Macmillan Children’s Books
Three classic fairytales are woven together when Rumaysa, who is locked in a tower by an evil witch, makes a plan to escape using her hijab.
Zara’s Rules for Record-Breaking Fun by Hena Khan
MY | Quiz # 242553 | BL 3.9 | Salaam Reads
Meet Zara Saleem, the queen of the neighbourhood. Zara’s in charge of it all: she organises the games, picks the teams, and makes sure everyone has a good time and they always do.
A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
MY | Quiz # 240614 | BL 4.8 | Quill Tree Books
Told in two voices, eleven-year-olds Mimi, who is visiting her wealthy grandparents in Karachi, Pakistan, for the first time and Sakina, daughter of the grandparents’ cook, form an unexpected friendship.
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
MY+ | Quiz # 238847 | BL 4.0 | Simon & Schuster Children’s
Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya. Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, and her summer trip is cancelled.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
MY+ | Quiz #240419 | BL 5.3 | Philomel Books
Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of the Syrian conflict, following Tareq and his surviving family on their journeys as refugees.
Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan
MY+ | Quiz # 240190 | BL 5.0 | Scholastic Children’s Books
Zara and her family fight for their future when their effort to become US citizens faces a major challenge.
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
UY | Quiz # 241002 | BL 4.9 | Hodder Children’s Books
When Hani comes out as bisexual, her friends invalidate her. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship with a girl her friends can’t stand – Ishu. But soon after they start ‘fake dating’, Hani and Ishu begin developing real feelings.
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
UY | Quiz # 240546 | BL 5.0 | Hodder Children’s Books
When Nishat comes out, her parents say she can be anyone she wants – except a lesbian. Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, which gets harder once she meets Flávia.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
UY | Quiz # 237505 | BL 4.7 | Atom
While interned at a camp for Muslim American citizens, Layla Amin and her parents begin a fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi
UY | Quiz # 242183 | BL 4.9 | Hot Key Books
Fleeing to Rome to avoid coming out to his Muslim family, eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi embarks on a more authentic life with new friends and dates.
|30 June 2022 at 3:59 pm
|Accelerated Reader, Booklist, diversity, Muslim Characters