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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

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

Share with us on Facebook or Instagram, how you make learning about Hajj and Eid al Adha, special for your children.

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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.

 

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!

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.

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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

9 DIY Bookmark ideas

If you love reading, this post is for you. I’ve put together 9 bookmark ideas you can make yourself, or better yet get your little Muslims involved. It can be a great way to encourage reading.

9 DIY Bookmark Ideas

  1. Ribbon button bookmarks

If you have some basic sewing skills, these are adorable.

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Instructions and image credit

http://mybusybeehives.blogspot.fr/2013/03/basic-sewing-skills-ribbon-bookmark.html

 

  1. Monster corner bookmarks

These monster corner bookmarks are so popular and I can see kids have some real fun with it.

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Instructions and image credit

http://tallystreasury.com/2011/02/corner-page-bookmarks-3/

 

  1. Paper clip bookmarks

Paper clip bookmarks are all the rage on Pinterest. They can be used in many different ways. You can thread ribbon through the tops, stick on buttons or pom poms or thread through washi tape (image below). In fact, they’re so easy, it took less than 5 minutes to make this lot.

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  1. Paint Chip Bookmarks

These paint chip bookmarks look so cute and are fairly straightforward. Just pick up some paint chips from a hardware or paint store, punch a whole through the top and thread through some ribbon. Make sure you get your kids to pick out their favourite colours.

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Instructions and photo credit

http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/paint-chip-craze/

 

  1. Popsicle Stick Button Bookmarks

Popsicle sticks, glue and some buttons are all it takes to get these together.

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  1. Magnetic bookmarks

 

This is a really nifty idea to hold your page neatly and securely. You’ll never have to worry about your bookmark falling out, the magnets make sure of that.

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Instructions and Photo credit

http://www.modestmunchies.com/diy-magnetic-bookmarks

 

  1. Origami bookmarks

If your child loves origami, these would be perfect.

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Instructions and photo credit

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/cuteness-alert-more-kitten-origami.html

 

  1. Folded Bookmark

While we’re on the topic of folding, why not give these a go. These won’t require the intricate detail it takes to fold origami style but still enjoyable folding all the same.folded bookmarks

 

Instructions and Photo Credit

http://krokotak.com/2014/02/a-bookmark-in-the-colours-of-baba-marta/

 

  1. Monster Nose Bookmark

Last but definitely not least, are these adorable monster nose bookmarks, we couldn’t help making our own. Cut a long nose onto a strip of card, place on eyes (we used buttons), punch through wholes and thread through pipe cleaner hair. A cute idea that was so much fun to make.

 

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I found this idea on Pinterest (link to https://www.pinterest.com/pin/121597258665881107/

Little Acts of Kindness

Another piece by Qudsiyah Remtulla with her lovely infographics included.

Check out her Facebook page,  The Visual Age. I asked her to tell us a little about herself and this is what she said – “I have a passion to change the tradition all text learning systems and introduce something more effective; contemporary and interactive. Using infographics is a way for me to do that as well as explore my self taught designing potential. I look to make a difference some where by the use of design.”

 

Recently I spent a morning with my nephews talking about kindness and good character. During that session, we related kindness to how Allah is so very very kind to us, and therefore we should be kind to one another for Allah’s pleasure. Being good with one another results into the purity of the heart, and who wouldn’t like that?

We came up with a list of little acts of kindness that we all can do – showing that kindness doesn’t have to involve big things but just a smile can suffice – because to us it may seem small, but Allah loves small acts as well. We decided to write a few inspirational quotes on paper and hand them out to strangers on the street – instilling within them that it’s important to treat every person with kindness.

I also added to their list of tools a calendar with all the little acts of kindness we can do each day.

See the images below… Click, save and print.

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Comment below with your experiences and ideas 🙂

Be Like the BEE

Written and designed by Qudsiya Remtulla of  The Visual Age. I asked her to tell us a little about herself and this is what she said – “I have a passion to change the tradition all text learning systems and introduce something more effective; contemporary and interactive. Using infographics is a way for me to do that as well as explore my self taught designing potential. I look to make a difference some where by the use of design.”

 

I love curiosity in human beings; and even more so in little children. I spent the evening with my nephews (7 and 4), watching the clouds move in a mesmerizing motion across the sky, observing at how the little black birds float in the open air and discussing the Absolutely Amazing Creator that brought it all to being.

Whilst we were at it, the little ones kept digging into their curious minds for questions as I tried to quench their thirst for knowledge. One of their questions was, “Why did Allah create little insects? What about bees? What do they do with their lives?” – a valid question with a touch of innocence.

We brainstormed on the possibilities of their creation just to challenge our brains and the older one came up with something profound. He said, “Maybe they have been created for us to study their lives and learn something from them.” Turns out, there’s quite a bit we can learn from the lives of bees.

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A simple Google search allowed us to find all the verses in the Qur’an about bees and there are many other interesting facts about them elsewhere.

Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid

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Zayneb from ZedandQ is someone I met not too long ago and we immediately found so many interests and passions we had in common! One such passion was a desire to bring great quality products for Muslim kids into existence. I am SO excited to see her dream and hard work come to life. I have watched this project grow and grow, with keen interest, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of her book, “Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid”.

It’s always great to hear the background of how and why people do what they do, so I asked her to share with us what made her start this, and of course, details about her book.

Here it is…

As a child growing up, Ramadan and Eid was a very special time for me. As I sit here typing away, I reminisce about the large family iftars, my father’s Qur’an recitation, the morning kisses from loved ones on Eid, and of course, the presents!  Traditionally, a few nights before Eid we would always bake ma’mool and sweets and decorate the garage.

Now, having 1 step daughter and 6 nieces and nephews, the tradition continues. We not only bake sweets and decorate the garage, but also make cards and gifts. These children were the source of my inspiration behind ‘Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid’.

Being passionate about children, Islam and ‘thinking outside the box’, I wanted to create something which helps children understand Islam, in a unique and captivating way. This book is all about inspiring children’s imaginations while having fun seeking Islamic knowledge.

It encourages parents and children to get creative making recyclable crafts such as:  flourishing deeds tree and cookbooks to spectacular gift ideas and Eid decor.  Perfect for children 6 years +, this book provides practical and easy step by step instructions with colourful photos for anyone ready to create the perfect masterpiece!

To help celebrate our launch we have released a new craft on the blog, Alphabet Fishing! A fun and interactive activity which helps children learn the Arabic alphabet. The more hands you have helping you, the quicker it’ll be for you to start fishing.

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Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid can be purchased here;  http://www.zedandq.com/products/craft-it-up-this-ramadan-and-eid

Thank you Zayneb! Be sure to try out the Alphabet fishing – I know I will be as soon I can. And order your book in time for Ramadan 🙂 Razeena

Answering the big questions


No-one can deny it, raising kids is hard! First it’s the sleepless nights, then the teething, and eventually, the why’s and how’s of absolutely everything! Some questions are easy, “Why do we do salah?” and some questions aren’t “How big is Allah?” but curious little minds need answers just as thoughtful as their questions. Sometimes the easy answers aren’t enough.

As adults, it’s hard not to become uncomfortable by questions that we just don’t ask, but kids don’t have the same inhibitions. Part of a parents job is to be able to stay cool when the tough questions come along. “OMG you can’t ask that!” you might think when your child asks what Allah looks like, but resist the urge and look for an answer that respects their curiosity and intelligence. We’re teaching our kids to be confident, knowledge seeking Muslims, Muslims who know and understand what they believe in, and don’t just believe because that’s what their parents do. The only way to give them that sense of surety, is to teach them that there is an answer to their question, it may not be what you think, but it is an answer none the less.

One thing I decided early on in motherhood, was that it’s perfectly ok to be honest, an “I don’t know, but let’s find out together.” goes a lot further than a white lie or a stock answer. I believe saying “I don’t know” and “we can’t know” fosters curiosity and a love of learning, it empowers kids by allowing them to see you as human, and to see that you’re learning about life just as they are, it teaches them that it’s good to seek knowledge and that it’s ok not to have the answers, in fact, it’s ok for there not to be answers!

Need help answering some of the hard questions? I’ve written two books with the answers I gave to my kids, in order to help you answer yours (and even learn some scientific facts along the way). Read READ Little Muslims’ review about How Big Is Allah? and the review of How Does Allah Look? and get your copy from my website emmaapple.com

 

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Book Reviews – Future Ummah Publishing

I recently made contact with a publishing company all the way in Sweden and they were kind enough to send me copies of the books they have currently.

Leila and Aisha’a journey through the Arabic Alphabet, a colouring book, and Kalimati -al-Oola a board book in Arabic.

The colouring book has 55 pages – each letter of the alphabet with a space to practice writing it, and a corresponding colouring page.

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The Arabic words book is a sturdy board book that introduces children (and parents like me!) to some basic Arabic words. This is a great quality, colourful book that will be a perfect addition to any first board books that you may have for very young children. With rounded edges and durable pages, its great for young children and also introduces them to the Arabic alphabet.

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For more information including where to purchase, visit Future Ummah Publishing.

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