Islamic Books: Ages 7-9yrs

Laila’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan story

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Tilbury House Publishers, U.S.A.

Description: Laila has to explain to her new classmates why she will not join them for lunch during the month of Ramadan. She learns that her new friends respect her beliefs.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2015

Circle of Sandcastles

Author: Mariam al Kalby

Publishers: Prolance, U.S.A.

Description: Shy Maimuna has to overcome her shyness to stand up for a deaf student. She takes a stand against the bullies who repeatedly destroy his sandcastles.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2013

Amira’s totally chocolate world

Author: J. Samia Mair

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description: Amira loves chocolate and asks God to make everything chocolate. But then she realizes she misses the colors in nature.

 

Details: Hardcover, 29 pages. Published in 2010

The Perfect Gift

Author: J. Samia Mair

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description: Sarah finds the perfect Eid gift for her mother – the first flower of Spring.

 

Details: Hardcover, 29 pages. Published in 2010

Time to Pray

Author: Maha Addasi

Publishers: Boyd Mills Press, U.S.A.

Description: Yasmin learns love for Salaat and the value of praying on time from her grandmother. Text is in English and Arabic.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2010

A Party in Ramadan

Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin

Publishers: Boyd Mills Press, U.S.A.

Description: Leena fasts every Friday in the month of Ramadan as she is too young to fast the whole month. What will she do when she is invited to a friend’s party on a Friday in the holy month?

 

Details: Hardcover, 34 pages. Published in 2009

Hilmy the Hippo learns about Vanity

Author: Rae Norridge

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description: Hilmy sees his reflection for the first time and is advised against vanity.

 

Details: Hardcover, 25 pages. Published in 2007

Hilmy the Hippo learns to be Grateful

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description: Hilmy is looking for a new home as he is not satisfied with his present one. Along the way he realizes the value of being grateful for what you have.

 

Details: Hardcover, 24 pages. Published in 2007

Hilmy the Hippo learns not to Lie

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description:  Hilmy tries to impress his friends but is tested about what he says. He finds out that friends like you for who you actually are.

 

Details: Hardcover, 24 pages. Published in 2007

Hilmy the Hippo learns about Death

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description:  Hilmy wonders what happens when we die. He learns that all creatures belongs to God and will return to God.

 

Details: Hardcover, 24 pages. Published in 2007

Hilmy the Hippo becomes a Hero

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description:  Hilmy does not like to be bullied but he understands the right thing to do when the bullies need help.

 

Details: Hardcover, 28 pages. Published in 2007

Hilmy the Hippo learns about Creation

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description:  Hilmy has many questions and ponders over the nature that God has created.

 

Details: Hardcover, 24 pages. Published in 2007

Hilmy the Hippo learns to share

Author: Reem Faruqi

Publishers: Islamic Foundation, U.K.

Description:  Hilmy goes on an adventure and learns about the joys of sharing.

 

Details: Hardcover, 29 pages. Published in 2007

The Best Eid ever

Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin

Publishers: Boyd Mills Press, U.S.A.

Description:  Aneesa misses her parents on Eid but her grandmother cheers her up with new clothes. When she meets two sisters who are refugees Aneesa comes up with the best Eid plan ever.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2007

Four feet, Two Sandals

Author: Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohamed

Publishers: Eerdmans, U.S.A.

Description:  In a refugee camp in Pakistan two young girls decide to share a pair of sandals.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2007

One Green Apple

Author: Eve Bunting

Publishers: Clarion Books, U.S.A.

Description:  As a young Muslim immigrant Farah feels lost in her new school. A trip to an apple orchard helps her realize that some things are the same for everyone.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2006

My Name is Bilal

Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin

Publishers: Boyd Mills Press, U.S.A.

Description:  Bilal worries about being teased by his friends and decides he does not want them to know he is Muslim. His teacher helps him become proud of his name and identity.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages. Published in 2005

Troublesome Eid Jinn

Author: Fawzia Gilani

Publishers: Ta-Ha Publishers

Description: Nurullah decides to make a bargain with the Jinn who keeps soiling the Eid festivities of a local village.

 

Details: Paperback, 22 pages, First published in October 2005

Potential Discussion Theme: Eid

The Librarian of Basra: A True story from Iraq

Author: Jeanette Winter

Publishers: HMH Books for young readers

Description: A librarian struggles to save her library’s collection of books. The books shows love of books and respect for knowledge.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages, First published in December, 2004

Potential Discussion Theme: Love of books

The Roses in my carpet

Author: Rukhsana Khan

Publishers: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Description: A young Afghani refugee finds comfort in the carpets he weaves. He uses it to earn, as well as bring colour and beauty to his life.

 

Details: Paperback, 32 pages, First published in September 2004

Potential Discussion Theme: Seeking beauty in difficult times

My name was Hussein

Author: Hristo Kyuchukov

Publishers: Boyds Mills Press

Description: A Muslim boy and his family are forced to change their name when an army invaded their village. The book describes traditions that take place in a Muslim home and how everything changed after the invasion. A realistic fiction book.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages, First published in March 2004
Potential Discussion Theme: Self-identity

The Carpet Boy’s Gift

Author: Pegi Deitz Shea

Publishers: Tilbury House

Description: The story of Nadeem, a child labourer in a rug factory in Pakistan and his struggle to fight for freedom. A useful book to bring up the issue of child labour around the world.

 

Details: Hardcover, 40 pages, First published in November 2003

Potential Discussion Theme: Fighting for your rights

The Color of Home

Author: Mary Hoffman

Publishers: Frances Lincoln

Description: Hassan adjusts to a new life in England after fleeing Somalia. The story shows his feelings through the colours he uses to draw.

 

Details: Paperback, 32 pages, First published in October 2003

Potential Discussion Theme: Change and adjustment

Sami and the Time of the Troubles

Author: Florence Parry Heide, Judith Heide Gilliland

Publishers: HMH Books for young readers

Description: Sami longs for peace in war torn Beirut. The book shows the effect of war on the human spirit.

 

Details: Paperback, 40 pages, First published in August 2003

Potential Discussion Theme: Peace and War

King of the Skies

Author: Rukhsana Khan

Publishers: North Winds Press

Description: A boy who cannot walk or run flies his kite from the top of his roof and competes with the other kites on the day of Basunt – the first day of Spring.

 

Details: Hardcover, 32 pages, First published in October 2001

Potential Discussion Theme: Hope and determination

The House of Wisdom

Author: Florence Parry Heide, Judith Heide Gilliland

Publishers: DK Children

Description: Set in 9th century Baghdad, young Ishaq discovers the value and excitement of scholarship in the famous House of Wisdom.

 

Details: Hardcover, 48 pages, First published in September 1999

Potential Discussion Theme: Learning, Islamic History

The Hundredth Name

Author: Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

Publishers: Boyds Mills Press

Description: The story of a bond between a boy and his camel. Salah prays that his camel may learn the hundredth name of God and get confidence through it.

 

Details: Paperback, 32 pages, First published in September 1997

Potential Discussion Theme: Love for animals

Sitti’s Secrets

Author: Naomi Shihab Nye

Publishers: Aladdin Picture Books, U.S.A.

Description:  An American girl visits her grandmother in the Middle east and relaizes they do not need words to understand each other.

 

Details: Paperback, 32 pages. Published in 1997

Day of Ahmed’s Secret

Author: Florence Perry Heide

Publishers: HarperCollins, U.S.A.

Description:  Ahmed keeps his secret to himself all day long as he goes all over Cairo. Only when he gets home does he reveal it to his family.

 

Details: Paperback, 32 pages. Published in 1995