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Celebrating Islamic History Month

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: muslim, islam, history, religion, culture, diversity and inclusion
Islamic History Month Canada in October aims to celebrate, inform, educate, and share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim heritage and contributions to society. (via http://www.ihmcanada.com) Share and learn with your students using these K–12 books that inspire reflection, community, and joy on the theme of Islamic History Month.

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Badir and the Beaver

by Shannon Stewart, read by Christian Down
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: chapter books, mammals, muslim

It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a rat. A very, very large rat. He soon learns it’s actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. It …

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A Girl Like That

by Tanaz Bhathena
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: dating & sex

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.
“Fascinating and disturbing.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time
Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s al …

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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

by Sabina Khan
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, multigenerational, muslim

With a welcome mix of humor, heart, and high-stakes drama, Sabina Khan provides a timely and honest portrait of what it's like to grow up feeling unwelcome in your own culture.

 

Fight for love. Fight for family. Fight for yourself.

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali has always been fascinated by the universe around her and the laws of physics that keep …

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Saints and Misfits

by S. K. Ali
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: girls & women, emotions & feelings, religion & faith

Saints and Misfits—a William C. Morris Award finalist and an Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of the Year—is a “timely and authentic” (School Library Journal, starred review) debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

There are three kinds of people in my world:
1. Saints, those special people movi …

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Ramadan

The Holy Month of Fasting

by Ausma Zehanat Khan
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: middle east, islam, other, religious

The month of Ramadan offers the opportunity to improve one's personal and spiritual behavior. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with God and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed. Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting explores the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition by focusing o …

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The Camel in the Sun

by Griffin Ondaatje, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 0
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: middle east, values & virtues

Inspired by a retelling of a traditional Muslim hadith, or account of the words or actions of the Prophet, which the author first heard in Sri Lanka, this is the story of a camel whose cruel owner only realizes what suffering he has caused when the Prophet appears and shows love to the animal.

The camel has worked its entire life for a man called Ha …

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Nearly Nonsense

Hoja Tales from Turkey

by Rina Singh, illustrated by Farida Zaman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: country & ethnic, humorous stories, middle east

Nasrudin Hoja was a mullah (teacher) in Turkey. He was a busy man – he worked in a vineyard, gave sermons at the mosque, and was sometimes even a judge. He did all of this with a nagging wife, a constant stream of uninvited visitors, and many animals. Although Hoja’s life wasn’t easy, his heart was always light and his observations about life …

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Many Windows

Six Kids, Five Faiths, One Community

by Rukhsana Khan, with Elisa Carbone & Uma Krishnaswami
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: other

In the midst of global turmoil, with people of various faiths in major conflict, three friends—a Muslim, a Christian and a Hindu—decided to write a book. Many Windows is a book about young people who are friends despite their religious differences. It’s a book about celebrations, that ultimately celebrates community. Many Windows is a collect …