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20 Books For Your Muslim Pre-teen

If you’re looking for some great Muslim books for your pre-teen, you can’t go past these. Links provided here are directed to the author’s or publisher’s page. If you are unable tp purchase directly from the publisher (for shipping or other reasons) then simply do a Google search to see where the book might be available closer to you, or order from Amazon or Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)

  1. The House of Ibn Kathir – The Competition Begins, S.N. Jalali

    It’s Yusif’s first time away from home. The Dar Al Ilm Academy seemed to be the ideal place for him to pursue his studies and achieve one of his lifelong ambitions – to memorise the Qur’an, or so his parents had decided…

    However, just when he thought he was settling in, Yusif finds himself with more on his hands than he had bargained for. When mysterious events start happening around the school, it begins to seem as if Dar Al Ilm has more in store for him than he had ever imagined!

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  2. The Great Race to Sycamore Street, J.S Mair

    This topsy-turvy adventure on Sycamore Street sees brother and sister Hude and Amani arrive in the country with one thought: it was going to be  long, boring summer. They couldn’t be more wrong. Find out how they plan to save the peach tree and beat a bully at his own game.

  3. The Hijab Boutique, Michelle Khan

    Farah enjoyed her private girls school until the day an assignment to bring in something representing her mother to talk about for International Woman’s Day. Compared to her friend’s glamorous actress and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest, humble mother have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To her surprise, her mother was quite a business woman!61tin1MCSEL._SX342_BO1,204,203,200_

  4. Lulu and the Very Big Meanies, Mac McGooshie

    Lulu and the Very Big Meanies is the first book in the new series, Lulubug’s Week in the Life: Meet Laila, AKA Lulu, young Muslimah, drama queen extraordinaire, and big-time fashionista! Lulu can’t cut a break this week! First she finds out that she’s moving to a new school and a new town for the next school year, and it’s not even her fault. Then Veronica B. and Veronica C., the most miserable bullies in the world, hand-pick Lulu for their evil plans. Add to that a very sick kitty and the something buzzing in the woods out back, well, Lulu is just not having a great time of it. Even with the help of her friends and family, can she possibly survive the Week of the Very Big Meanies?

  5. Lulu and the Monkey Marriage, Mac McGooshie

    Lulu has a lot on her plate this week. Two houseguests, two weddings and the regional fair promise to keep her busier than usual. Bonus! Baba promises to close the restaurant early every day and spend the extra time with her!
    When the local bank and grocery store are robbed, Lulu witnesses the getaway car as it speeds by. Trouble is, the police think she’s gone off the deep end, and she can hardly believe her own eyes!
    But there’s more to worry about than a little bit of crazy — like her brothers and her friends in risky predicaments, Baba getting sick at the fair, Mama feeling sick at home, and Lulu herself being followed by a strange man in a strange car.
    Lulu doesn’t realize the trouble she’s in until it’s almost too late. How will she get out of this jam?

  6. Helping the Polonsky’s, Khaleel Muhammad

    Mr Polonsky, an angry old man, is desperate for help. His house is a mess and it needs cleaning before his wife returns home from a major operation. As a last resort he puts an advert in a local shop. A group of Muslim children come together to clean-up, but with time running out and a bigger mess than they had imagined … can they succeed?

  7. Jannah Jewels Book 1 – The Treasure of Timbuktu, Umm Nura

    In the first book, the Jannah Jewels, are brought to the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali and meet the Treasure King. There they visit the Grand Mosque and University while trying to find the missing manuscript.
    Who exactly is the Treasure King and can the Jannah Jewels restore the missing manuscript before time runs out?51fyjbT1jRL

  8. Jannah Jewels Book 2 – The Chase in India, Umm Nura

    In the second book of the Jannah Jewels Series, the girls are caught and thrown aboard the ship of Zheng He, the famous Chinese Muslim Admiral.Caught in a lightning thunderstorm, they must sail in raging waters to retrieve a rare medicine plant. Can the Jannah Jewels escape the fiery arrows of pirates and make it safely back home?

  9. Janah Jewels Book 3 – Bravery in Baghdad, Umm Nura

    In the third book, a notable scholar has vanished from the House of Wisdom, along with a scroll pen that belonged to the famous mathematician Al-Kindi. Lost in the marketplace of Baghdad, can the Jannah Jewels gain victory over the villain and put the pen back into the Golden Clock?

  10. Jannah Jewels Book 4 – Secrets in Spain, Umm Nura

    In the fourth book of this Series, the Jannah Jewels take readers along on their most challenging adventure yet, as Hidayah and her friends travel to magnificent Spain in hopes of finding the next missing artifact. In this book, a mysterious girl in a red dress travels back into time to help Jaffar. Who is this girl? Will the Jannah Jewels find the missing artifact before Jaffar and his gang?

  11. Jannah Jewels Book 5 – Courage in Cordoba, S. Karim

    In Book 5 of the Jannah Jewels Adventure Series, a small mistake creates a costly consequence! The Jannah Jewels must find not one but two artifacts! The Jewels collect clues from Abbas ibn Firnas, one of the first men to attempt glider flight, and Fatima al Mayriti, a famous astronomer and scholar of Madrid. Can the Jannah Jewels get un-stuck out of Spain and continue their quest for peace on Earth?Courage-In-Cordoba-Book-5-Cover-e1460010542776

  12. Jannah Jewels Book 6 – Mystery in Morocco, Tayyaba Syed

    In Book 6 of the Jannah Jewels Adventure Series, they travel to the city of Fes in Morocco. The Jannah Jewels learn about Fatima al-Fihri, the founder of the first university in the world, al-Qarawiyine. Can the Jannah Jewels solve the riddles to find the artifact in Fes before time runs out?

  13. Jannah Jewels Book 7 – Triumph in Turkey, Tayyaba Syed

    In Book 7 of the Jannah Jewels Adventure Series, they travel back in time to the Conquest of Constantinople and find themselves right in the middle of it!They learn about the great conqueror, Sultan Muhammad II and about the wonderful Companion named Abu Ayub al Ansari.Can the Jannah Jewels find the missing artifact and place it in the Golden Clock before time runs out?

  14. Jannah Jewels Book 8 – Adventure in America, Tayyaba Syed

    In Book 8 of the Jannah Jewels Adventure Series, they travel back in time to Natchez, Mississippi.There, they meet Prince Ibrahima Abdur Rahman, a West African prince who was captured and lived most of his life as a slave in America.Can the Jannah Jewels solve the clues to find the missing artifact in Natchez before time runs out?

  15. Ayesha Dean – The Istanbul Intrigue, Melati Lum

    Ayesha and her friends Sara and Jess jump at the chance of accompanying Ayesha’s uncle on a trip from Australia to Istanbul. But when Ayesha discovers a mysterious note as a result of visiting an old bookshop, their relaxing holiday starts to get a whole lot more complicated! Ayesha finds herself trying to uncover a hundred-year-old Ibn Arabi mystery, while trying to avoid creepy villains, and still making sure that she gets to eat the best doner kebab Istanbul has to offer. It’s all in a day’s sleuthing when you’re Ayesha Dean.  Lucky she can count on her best friends to always have her back!__7330868

  16. The Victory Boys, Jamal Orme

    Junayd and his friends think madrasa is a waste of time, and older brother Saleem is fast becoming the black sheep of the family. That is, until the Imam of the mosque initiates an extra-curricular project outside his comfort zone. But can faith and football flourish side-by-side?

  17. Team Spirit: The Victory Boys, Jamal Orme

    As Shabab Al-Nasr prepare to defend their trophy, in walks Amir, a player good enough to win it on his own! But for all his stunning skills, is he ready to become one of the team? And with Ibrahim battling jealousy and low self-confidence, can the Victory Boys find that winning team spirit once more?

  18. Khadijah – Mother of History’s Greatest Nation, Fatima Barkatulla

    You have another mother. You’ve never seen her. You’ve never heard her voice. You’ve never perhaps even thought of her as your mother. But she is your mother nonetheless. And if you get to Jannah, your mother will there, waiting to meet you. Her name is Khadijah (RA). She was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (S), the first to believe in his message and the first mother of the greatest nation history has ever seen.Khadijah_Hardback-Booksmall2_1024x1024

  19. The Genius of Islam, Bryn Barnard

    The Muslim world has often been a bridge between East and West, but many of Islam’s crucial innovations are hidden within the folds of history. In this important book, Bryn Barnard uses short, engaging text and gorgeous full-color artwork to bring Islam’s contributions gloriously to life.  Chockful of information and pictures, and eminently browsable, The Genius of Islam is the definitive guide to a fascinating topic.

  20. 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilisation

    The official children’s companion to the exhibition produced by National Geographic for ages 8-12 uses the winning formula of facts, photos and fun. Each page is packed with information on little-known history of Muslim civilization, showing how their achievements still apply to our world today.We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th Century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. Inventors created marvels like the elephant water clock, explorers drew detailed maps of the world, women made scientific
    breakthroughs and founded universities, and so much more!1001-inventions-and-awesome-facts-from-muslim-civilization

Book Review – Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue

Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue
Author – Melati Lum
Publisher – Melby Rose Publishing
Paperback, 105 pages

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As soon as I scanned the blurb I was drawn to the book immediately. The book reminded me of a childhood favourite, Nancy Drew. However, this book is different.

The protagonist is relatable to Muslim girls and teens all over the world. She is strong, fashionable, intelligent, and loves to travel.  Furthermore, Ayesha goes through the similar experiences all Muslim girls go through, including the “random bomb check” at the airport.

This book reminded me of why I love to read.

Melati Lum took me to Turkey and I was able to experience its beauty, mystery and love of kebabs. I was able to join Ayesha and her two friends, Sara and Jess, on their adventure to solve the mystery of the hidden note.

Without giving too much away I recommend this book to all girls aged 10 and up. I can’t wait to read about the next adventure with Ayesha Dean.

About the Author – Melati Lum has a Masters Degree in Public International Law and has worked as a Crown Prosecutor, prosecuting serious criminal offences in the courts. She has previously worked for the United Nations in The Hague in the prosecution of war crimes that occurred in the former Yugoslavia. She lives in Adelaide, Australia with her family. Ayesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue is her first book.
Also available on Amazon.
Reviewed by Fathima Adat.

Book Review – Helping the Polonskys

Reviewed by Alaia Akbar, our resident, almost 12-year old reviewer.

 

Helping the Polonskys
Author – Khaleel Muhammad
Publisher – The Islamic Foundation
Paperback, 80 pages

 

There is something to be said about not judging a book by its cover. Quite literally in this case. When I first looked at this book, my initial impression was that I would not find it very interesting because it appeared to target a much younger audience (I’m almost 12). Much to my amazement the book was not only attention stealing but full of valuable lessons; an archive of sorts that I’m certain will prove very useful to its readers. Themes like the importance of companionship, determination and strength, cleverness and many other characteristics our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) portrayed are regularly depicted throughout this enjoyable narrative. The main moral focuses on never giving up and being able to work not only as an individual, but also cooperatively as part of a team. As we are taught and learning every day, especially in the school and Madressah environment, being able to work well in a group is a very important life skill. Although I felt the book had a limited variety of language and descriptive features, it certainly was entertaining and a really good read from which I benefitted a lot. I enjoyed it and will definitely read any other books in this series. I strongly recommend it for any age group, and I am convinced it will be a pleasant surprise.

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Hajj resources for kids

Hajj is fast approaching and once again we need to to explain to the Little Muslims what it’s all about.

There are a few good books out there that will help, and of course there’s YouTube videos of Makkah and Madina, as well as some lovely nasheeds.

Here are some books in our collection, and I hope to add more soon in sha Allah. If you know of any great Hajj books, please do let me know 🙂 – Razeena

 

 

 

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Titles in the picture

Going to Mecca

Lovely lyrical explanation of the all the steps of Hajj

Noor Kids go to Hajj

Simple comic style story explaining the basic concepts of Hajj

Hamza Learns about Hajj

Another simple and cute explanation of the basics of Hajj

Zayd Visits the two Holy Cities

In this book, Zayd goes for Umrah with his family. It is a good explanation of all the various rites as well a bit of background on all the special areas in and around Makkah.

A Little Tree Goes for Hajj e-book

A cute, simple tale about a tree that longs to go for Hajj.

The Story of Ibrahim AS

The story of Hajj cannot be complete without an explanation about Ibrahim AS. This book is a good, thorough explanation of Ibrahim AS for ages 6+.

How Ibrahim Came to Know Allah

A simple story introducing children to the Prophet Ibrahim AS.

Colours of Islam (The Story of Ibrahim)

One of the poems in this collection is The Story of Ibrahim – another good introduction to who he is.

The Story of the Elephant

Not a Hajj book, but it does mention Ibrahim’s AS du’a to Allah to protect the Ka’ba, and the beautiful pop-up Ka’aba is a great visual learning tool for kids.

Allah Loves Me (lesson on Hajj and Eid al Adha)

An introduction for KG kids on Hajj and Eid al Adha.

 

 

Other books not in the picture

The Perfect Gift

Zaahir and Jamel the Camel HAJJ

Hajj Harmonies

My Book of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha

Makkah and Madinah Activity Book

 

YouTube Videos

Adam’s World 04 Take me to the Kaba

Here we come Allah – Dawud Wharnsby

 

Haa is for Hajj (Zaky)

The Hajj (Zain Bhikha)

Eid Al Adha Nasheed – Dawud Wharnsby

The Story of ZamZam

 

Other resources

Fabulous lap books from Iman’s Homeschool

For crafts, countdown calendars, ideas for giveaways, and so, so much more take a look at these posts –

Hajj for Kids – 10 Activities to Learn about Hajj on Productive Muslim
29 + Ideas for Hajj at home on Modest Munchies

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Books for young Muslims, reviewed by a Young Muslim!

At READ Little Muslims we’ve enlisted the help of an articulate young lady to review books targeted at her age group. It’s one thing reading reviews written by an adult, but it is always better to hear it from the target audience themselves. Please welcome Alaia Akbar who has started off with four book reviews below.

 

Alaia Akbar is an 11-year old Australian Muslim. She is an avid reader, she writes short stories, and balances her secular education with her memorisation of the Quran. She lives in Brisbane. BOOKS FOR

 

Muslim Teens in Pitfalls and Pranks

This Book was about Muslim immigrant teenagers living in a Western society facing all the challenges that people in a similar situation would usually go through.

The topic about dating portrayed through Ibrahim Karim’s dilemma with a non-muslim blond cheerleader is very relevant for Muslim immigrant adolescents. The message depicted in this particular part of the story is basically that no matter how tempting dating and relationships with the opposite gender might be it is not permitted. You must resist the temptation and realise that simple things for example touching or hugging is not as harmless as you may think. The author cleverly used this message and turned it into an enjoyable educational story, but that was not the only section of the book that stood out.

The problem with anti-muslim attacks on some of the characters is a very important segment of the book. It explains how the people terrorised the Muslims but cunningly it also displays why they did it and how this problem was resolved. Throughout the time this was ocurring the author illustrates how the Muslims were reacting to this problem.

The characters were all individually going through something and all of them were very enjoyable to read about. Personally think that this book was extremely clever with the story line and all the very educational messages portrayed through this book is very useful for any Muslim immigrant of this age. In addition, this book appeals to Muslim adolescents such as myself, and can inspire and help anyone if they are going through similar dilemmas in their lives.

 

The House of Ibn Kathir

This book was about a young boy going to a new boarding school. It starts off with him terrified and extremely shy, then going through many different events and finally going back home confident happy to come back.

One of the many things that were really good about this book is that every single event that occurred always had a moral that anyone could learn from. In addition, this book was filled with quotes from famous Sheikhs and Imams, and knowledge from the holy Quran. For example when Khalid stole the assignments and placed them in the tunnel he was caught and the sheik taught him a valuable lesson which all of us could use.

During the book it subtly showed how a good Muslim brother or sister should act and how they should interact with one and other. The characters were many but the author cleverly introduced them giving the audience enough time to adjust and keep track of all the characters. All of the characters were very different. However, even though each of them had very distinct characters and personalities, all of them got along and were very good friends.

I thought that explaining all the different classes and really introducing the audience to the normal day to day lifestyle that the characters had to go through was very good and it really indulged the reader making them feel like they were there. This allowed them to further understand the book and take in all of the knowledge. This book was very entertaining and educational; many things from this book are applicable to any Muslim who would benefit from it.

 

Lulu and the Very Big Meanies

This book was based on a character named Lulu who was going through a tough time in her life, with her parents wanting to move, two bullies out to get her and something mysterious buzzing in the woods out back. She doesn’t know how she will survive.

I thought this Book was very creative and that the author came up with many interesting dilemma’s that the main character has to go through. A good factor this book contains is that is shows how any normal Muslim girl should act towards anyone especially her parents.

It also has different Surah’s and duas that are included to teach younger people when to say it and what it means.

This book is appropriate for younger children from the ages of 5 to 9 because the morals and messages teach younger children about the Muslim etiquette. The book is an educational, entertaining book and can be very helpful when growing up and going through similar problems that you have to fix. The ending was very feel-good; all the characters in the end had learned their individual lessons and had fixed all the problems together.

 

Lulu and the monkey marriage

This book was the second part off Lulu’s life adventures. Again, many things are happening and Lulu has to use all the help she can get to solve all of these problems. After witnessing a getaway car driver in a bank robbery everyone thinks she is crazy because she saw a monkey in a tuxedo. The fair has also arrived along with two house guests and two weddings which are going to keep her extremely busy. On top of all of that her parents get sick and there is a man following them in a very strange car.

This book starts off with an introduction and a little bit of a reminder about the characters and the book then goes off to start introducing the problems that occur, such as the bank robbery and the two house guests.

The book builds tension for the audience while still keeping it not too bad or scary for the younger readers which was very skilful and much more enjoyable than it would have been if everything to do with the robberies was frightening. The ending tied all the end parts together and personally I found that the audience built up so much tension and it was so exciting that when the ending was revealed. It was very satisfying and gratifying.

 

Written by Alaia Akbar

 

(All the books mentioned above are available on Amazon. For more info on The House of Ibn Kathir, visit their webpage here. For more info on the other three books, visit Muslim Writer’s Publishing. READ Little Muslims)

Creating a Qur’an vision board

 

By guest author, Umm Nusaybah, this is a fantastic idea to maintain a strong connection with the Qur’an, post-Ramadan.

 

We’ve all witnessed the ‘New Year’s Resolution’ hype which sees many an individual set high goals only to have it fizzle out as the year moves on. For many it may just be that they aimed too high too soon or for others it might be that they lost the drive to achieve what they set out for.

Goal setting is just the first step. In order to be successful, you need to not only set your goals but also put into place mediums that will help see you through your journey as you work to achieve it.

Divine intervention, motivation and inspiration are key in keeping the fire burning. Companionship and competition may also be a valuable resource. Ramadan was our training camp, our time to reflect and self evaluate. It is Allah’s way of showing us what we are truly capable of by giving us the opportunity to stretch ourselves and realize our true potential.

It is up to us now whether we will keep the momentum going, using it as a catapult to launch us into our new life, a life of purpose, a life of striving on the path of Allah.

Undoubtedly, the one common revival we have all experienced in the blessed days is rekindling our relationship with the blessed book, the Holy Qur’an. As we deprived our physical self, we have nourished and strengthened our soul. We can even go as far as saying that right now is probably the highest we’ve been when it comes to spiritual awareness.

Now that you’ve reached your peak, are you ready to let it go? This was a question I asked my family, and myself and through our discussions we all resolved to make the rest of the months just as productive as the month of Ramadan, to continue on this beautiful journey of learning, reading, understanding and implementing the words of Our Lord.

The Qur’an is our manual from our sole maker, to teach us and guide us on how to be the best. It is Allah’s rope, the solid contract that we need to hold on to firmly in order to reach Him and attain true success.

Setting individual goals is crucial for self -development, but do not overlook the benefits of setting goals as a family unit. Especially if you have young children, who will need you to coach them through the art of goal setting! Teaching by doing is a lot more effective than teaching by saying. Children are more likely to achieve their goals if they have an adult walking the same journey with them and modeling the right behavior and attitude required.

Vision boards (or dream boards) are cheap, simple and effective! By visualizing your goal you are magnifying your dreams and making them seem more ‘real’, more achievable.

A vision board can be as diverse as your imagination and creativity and there is no one-way of doing it.

Here are some simple tips to get you started!

1. Set your goal! Sit down and think and discuss about what really matters, what you truly desire. Use that as your driving force. It doesn’t have to be one goal – you can have a main goal and then set mini-goals along the way to help you reach the main one. This is especially useful for little ones, as having small milestones makes it seem less daunting and the sense of accomplishment will drive them to achieve more.

2. Write down your goals. Make a list.

3. Now look for pictures that represent your written goals. Also include inspirational quotes and thoughts. Make sure you only use those images that generate an emotional response, in line with what you want to achieve – whether it be excitement, happiness or inner peace.

4. Gather your necessary materials – a corkboard, pins, or anything else you want to mount your pictures on. Be neat, clear and avoid clutter.

5. Place your board in a prominent area, somewhere where it’s in sight of every one to see.

6. Look at it often, take time to think and ponder. Envision yourself living in that manner.

7. Believe that you can achieve what you’ve set for yourself and be grateful and thankful for the goodness that is already there in your lives.

If you are looking for further inspiration, here are some snapshots of our family’s Qur’an vision board.

 

The Boy and the Owl

 

The Boy and The Owl
Author – Siraaj Mowjood
Illustrator – Aisha Changezi
Publisher – Fons Vitae
Hardcover 24 pages

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 A picture book that helps children better understand the Islamic belief of the attributes of God.

 In this children’s tale, a wise owl explains some of the deeper aspects of the Islamic belief. This story focuses on the part of a poem written by the famous Shaykh Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Kattani that deals with how we can know anything about God. It describes 13 essential attributes, in a way a child can understand: God has speech, power, hearing, sight, will, and knowledge and is attributed with life.”

 

This is a large, beautifully produced picture book, with detailed illustrations that perfectly complement the very introspective nature of the explanations.

Targeted at ages 5-7, the book seeks to describe the fundamental attributes of Allah that children (and adults) need to know. The introduction explains the author’s reasons for writing the book, his sources and his intentions, which is great for parents and teachers who need a quick read-up for clarification.

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Explaining complex concepts to children can be very difficult and can go very wrong if done incorrectly. By using a ‘friendly-looking’ picture book, with a young character they can relate to, and eye-catching illustrations, the author and illustrator have made this into a visual learning tool that is age-appropriate and appealing. Instead of being overwhelmed by the complexities, children will easily be able to understand what is being taught because of the clever use of comparisons and analogies, as well as contrasts.

The illustrations are striking. For a book of this nature, which is so meditative and thoughtful, the illustration needed to match it. And they absolutely do. Each one of the pages draws the reader in – they are wistful and contemplative. Aisha Changezi has also, very cleverly, included a hidden shahada in every one of the pages. See if you can find them!FullSizeRender-3

The book is now available on Fons Vitae and is available for pre-order on Amazon. It is also available on iBooks, with an interesting bonus feature – you can tap on each illustration and see the hidden shahada highlighted, while the rest of the image fades away!

 

 

 

Author Chat – Hajera Memon

To mark #IslamicBookDay , we have asked a number of authors some questions in the hope that this will inspire a new wave of Islamic literature for children. If you have a desire to write, or have little ones who have shown an interest in writing, this may give you some motivation!

 

Hajera Memon is the founder of Shade 7 Publishing.

  1. What’s your favourite Islamic children’s book?

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings by Ghulam Sarwar. This is by no means a children’s book, but it was an Islamic book which I grew up with fondly. We didn’t have any Islamic children’s books when I was young and so my father would read me stories of the prophets from this book and I would also do my Sunday school homework from it. I remember the pink illustrations and the tiny font and I loved listening to the stories. Aside from this, Alhamdulillah, I was really lucky to have my father translate the Arabic stories directly from the Quran as he would read to me!

 

  1. As a child, what did you aspire to be?

The first thing I ever wanted to be was an inventor. This then swiftly moved onto a police woman with a horse (specifically with a horse, not just a normal police woman!), the CEO of a company, to an investment banker and possibly a lawyer in there somewhere…! As a child, the intriguing aspect of solving common problems through creative solutions always excited me. SubhanAllah, I think life has a way of guiding our course back to our core and the more I reflect on the desire to be an inventor, the more I see the parallels with being an entrepreneur!

 

  1. What advice do you have for children wanting to write a book?

Read! Anything and everything, read what you enjoy! I wasn’t really encouraged to read much as a child, as my father strongly felt there was no real book worthy of being read other than the Quran. He still passionately holds the belief that the Quran contains the best stories of all time and hence listening to Islamic stories was a big part of my own childhood.

Going on to study English Literature at A-Level and discovery a variety of literature through the ages, I found that the best writing was produced when I was in a zone of reading myself. To budding young writers, I’d recommend reading different genres of books, not necessarily all Islamic, as reading increases vocabulary, educates and opens minds.

 

Thank you Hajera!

Author Chat – Elizabeth Lymer

To mark #IslamicBookDay , we have asked a number of authors some questions in the hope that this will inspire a new wave of Islamic literature for children. If you have a desire to write, or have little ones who have shown an interest in writing, this may give you some motivation!

 

Elizabeth Lymer is the founder of Aneesa Books

1. My favourite Islamic children’s book is The Perfect Gift by J Samia Mair because it is about being alert to, and appreciating, the gifts Allah SWT blesses the world with in nature, and it celebrates spending time outdoors with family alhamdulillah.
2. As a child, I wanted to be a writer alhamdulillah. Supportive adults interpreted this as a desire to be a journalist. For a while I stopped writing because I did not want to write or report news, but alhamdulillah I took up poetry and songwriting which has turned into reworking nursery rhymes, and I wrote copious letters through which I developed my writing skills and my confidence. Of course, I’ve learned loads more as an adult and am always learning and developing alhamdulillah.
3. My advice to children who aspire to write books is to write and read aplenty, pray to Allah SWT for guidance, learn how to make istikahra so you can decide about new projects, and persevere. Bismillah. I look forward to reading your work insha’Allah.
Thank you Elizabeth!

Author Chat – Zanib Mian

To mark #IslamicBookDay , we have asked a number of authors some questions in the hope that this will inspire a new wave of Islamic literature for children. If you have a desire to write, or have little ones who have shown an interest in writing, this may give you some motivation!

 

Zanib Mian is the founder of Sweet Apple Books.

1. What’s your favourite Islamic children’s book?
Tough one! As there are so many wonderful books out there now MashaAllah. I would have to say ‘How Big is Allah’ by Emma Apple, simply because my son is full of those sorts of questions!

2. As a child, what did you aspire to be?
I wanted to be a teacher, but I always loved writing and rhyming. I did become a teacher, and taught for five years before focusing full-time on writing and publishing books.

3. What advice do you have for children wanting to write a book?
I started writing when I was just a little girl, and I used to write about everything and anything and show it to everyone. I’d like to advise budding authors to do that too!

Thank you Zanib!

Author Chat – Janette Grant

To mark #IslamicBookDay , we have asked a number of authors some questions in the hope that this will inspire a new wave of Islamic literature for children. If you have a desire to write, or have little ones who have shown an interest in writing, this may give you some motivation!

Next up is Janette Grant of Mindworks Publishing.

1. What’s your favourite Islamic children’s book?
Qur’aanic Odyssey by Umm Muhemmed (Greenbird Books)
2. As a child, what did you aspire to be?
A writer and a teacher.
3. What advice do you have for children wanting to write a book?
I would give three tips: 1) Be diligent in your intentions and make dua to Allah Ta’aala for blessings in your endeavors; 2) Write, write and re-write, but try not to be too critical of yourself; and 3) Seek out a writing mentor who can help you in your efforts.
Thank you Janette!

Author Chat – Najiyah Maxfield

To mark #IslamicBookDay , we have asked a number of authors some questions in the hope that this will inspire a new wave of Islamic literature for children. If you have a desire to write, or have little ones who have shown an interest in writing, this may give you some motivation!

First up, Najiyah Maxfield, author of Sophia’s Journal.

 

1. What’s your favourite Islamic children’s book?

Currently it’s 365 Days with the Prophet Muhammad by Nurdan Damla. I also love The Story of the Elephant pop up book.
2. As a child, what did you aspire to be?
Well, I always wanted to write. I wrote my first book in the fourth grade. For awhile in high school I wanted to be a lawyer, but when I realized lawyers didn’t really spend all their time fighting for the little guy, I settled on writing.
3. What advice do you have for children wanting to write a book?
Two things:
1) READ. And read and read and read. And when you read, do it with with a writer’s eye. Pay attention to how other authors describe what their character looks like (do they have her look in a mirror? Describe her through someone else’s eyes?), or how many different ways they say, “he said” without using the word said (He moans, he spat, he laughed, etc).
2) Don’t let being young stop you! I know of a published author who is 9 years old! If you have the writing bug, write! And use Createspace or similar platforms to publish your writing. It’s legit and I think people are really interested in reading young people’s perspectives and creative productions.
Thank you Najiyah!

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Ramadan Fun activity book

Today’s guest blog post is from Shaheda from shahedaoprints who has recently produced a Ramadan Fun activity book for kids.

She has kindly provided a free activity for download here.. Your kids will love to decipher this code so be sure to download it for them.

Read on to for more info regarding her story and where to purchase her activity book 🙂

Assalamu Alaikum!

I’m Shaheda from shahedaoprints and I’m a graphic designer with a love of Islamic art. I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember and would often spend hours painting, drawing and crafting as a young girl. I recently started utilising my technical skills as a graphic designer to produce my own prints and artefacts with Islamic themes.

A few months ago as I was passing the children’s’ book aisle in a local department store, I noticed the huge variety of colouring and activity books available. This got me wondering what was out there in the way of Islamic colouring and activity books and somewhere in the back of my mind I thought “Hey, maybe I could design an Islamic activity book!” I didn’t take myself seriously in that moment, but the more I thought about it in the following days, the more motivated I became to make this thought a reality so I set myself a deadline. Due to the deadline I set being close to Ramadan, I thought it was only fitting to theme the book around Ramadan to get children excited about the blessed month and for them to learn a little about Ramadan in a fun and interactive manner.

After weeks of researching, sketching and puzzle-making, alhamdulillah, the Ramadan Fun activity book came to fruition. The book contains colouring pages, crosswords and many other puzzles and activities to keep the little ones entertained this Ramadan while simultaneously allowing them to learn some of the values of this sacred month. I hope many children find joy in completing the activities in the Ramadan Fun activity book. Included is a free printable of one of the activities from the book for your children to enjoy.

ramadan fun

If you’d like to purchase a copy, they are available at shahedaoprints.etsy.com along with many other art pieces I have created. Follow me on instagram @shahedaoprints or facebook.com/shahedaoprints to keep updated and be one of the first to know about upcoming projects, sales and behind the scenes images!

“Use the code READLITTLEMUSLIMS for 5% off your purchase”

I pray you have a blessed Ramadan and Eid spent in the company of all of your loved ones, insha’Allah!

 

Wassalaam,

Shaheda

Lailah’s Lunchbox

Author – Reem Faruqi
Illustrator – Lea Lyon
Tilbury House Publishers
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For those of us who have attended majority non-Muslim schools or live in majority non-Muslim countries, a scenario in which we find ourselves having to explain and clarify certain things about why we do what we do as Muslims is all too familiar. As we become older and more confident, it becomes easier to tackle questions and combat stereotypes, but as young children it can often be quite daunting.

Lailah’s Lunchbox makes one such scenario easier and simpler!

Lailah is a young girl who has moved away from her friends in Abu Dhabi and is, for the first time, fasting in Ramadan. No one else at school is, and she is not even sure they know what fasting or Ramadan is all about! Her mum gives her a note to pass on to her teacher, which asks that she be excused from lunch, but naturally, Lailah’s apprehension at how her teacher will react takes over – she does not give the note… and everyone just assumes that she has forgotten her lunch!

As the story continues, Lailah finds a comforting friend in the school librarian… eventually she finds a way to explain herself to both her teacher and classmates.IMG_5534

I’m sure we can all relate to Lailah’s innocence, apprehension, desire to fit in and hesitation at some stage in our lives. Anyone who has ever been in a situation where they have been or done something different will understand what it feels like to be in her position. Aside from just an explanation about fasting and Ramadan, this is also great book to explore differences and how to approach understanding and tolerance.

In short, this is a lovely book! So many lessons and beautiful illustrations.

One thing I have to emphasise, is that this book is a MUST HAVE for your children’s libraries – and by that I mean school and local libraries. Books like these are important to help others understand Muslims, help Muslim children explain themselves, tackle stereotypes and increase awareness. We need to make this happen. Most school and public libraries will have a budget for different types of books and simply suggesting it to your librarian or filling in a suggestion form on a website will go a long way. Or you could simply purchase a copy and donate it in person. Think of it as Sadaqah Jariya.

Simply Google Lailah’s Lunchbox and you will easily be able to find out where to buy it, depending on where you’re located.

For anything more specific, connect with the author on Facebook – Lailah’s Lunchbox  🙂

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