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Children's Fiction Emigration & Immigration

Salma Makes a Home

by (author) Danny Ramadan

illustrated by Anna Bron

Annick Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Emigration & Immigration, Parents, Emotions & Feelings, Chapter Books
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
Recommended Reading age
6 to 9
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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A 2023 NYPL Best Book for Kids!

Charming, creative Salma takes on big feelings with even bigger ideas as she navigates life in a new country, Syrian identity, family changes and new friendships in this engaging and heartfelt early chapter book series.
After a year, eleven months, and six days apart, Salma’s dad is finally joining her family in their new home. Salma is so happy to see her baba–but she’s also worried. What if he misses Syria so much that he leaves them again? She throws herself into showing him around the city and helping him learn English, but as Baba shares memories of Damascus Salma starts to realize how much she misses Syria, too. Can Salma make space in her heart for two homes? And can Baba?

Moving across the world was Salma’s first big adventure. Now you can join her on even more adventures in her new home—from cooking Syrian food, to becoming a big sister, and more!

About the authors

DANNY RAMADAN is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, activist, and public speaker. His work as an activist has helped provide a safe passage to dozens of Syrian LGBTQ+ refugees to Canada. He is the author of two novels for adults, The Clothesline Swing and The Foghorn Echoes, and a forthcoming memoir, Crooked Teeth. Danny lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Anna Bron is an illustrator based out of Vancouver, Canada. She studied traditional hand-drawn animation at Sheridan College and upon graduation embarked on a manifold freelance career, producing award winning children’s picture books, as well as directing and designing numerous short animated films. Her love of the wilderness runs deep in her family, her parents having first met in the Siberian woods. She grew up sleeping in snow caves, climbing mountains, and canoeing rivers and lakes. When she is not drawing, she is exploring the coast mountains of British Colombia. She lives with her partner and two budgies.

Anna Bron's profile page


  • Joint winner, The Children’s Book Council Librarian Favorite
  • Winner, Best Bets, Top Ten, OLA
  • Joint winner, New York Public Library Best Book for Kids
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Joint winner, Windows & Mirrors List, NEIBA

Editorial Reviews

“[A] lyrical, layered, and deftly told story. A forthright, tender perspective on childhood immigration.”

Kirkus Reviews, 02/25/23

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