I always wanted to have a girl but Allah gave me a boy, and I’m happy with that. He knows best alhamdullilah. I have blogged about this topic here too. Now, I have a niece I treasure dear masha’Allah. Here are some books already on the list of books I have lined up for my Yankee muhajaba. Many have already been shipped to her even though she can barely talk. I always believed that we should instill the meaning of hijab to our Muslim girls from the get go without necessarily forcing it upon them. So about the list, check it out below.
1. Nanni’s Hijab by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq
This book will be published by Djarabi Kitabs on January 31st insha’Allah. Keep an eye out for it. To give you more details, Nanni’s Hijab is the story of Nanni, a little girl who loves wearing her hijab. She wears a different hijab every day. Her classmates enjoy seeing all the colors and designs of Nanni’s hijabs, except Leslie. Leslie doesn’t like Nanni or her hijabs. She tries to bully Nanni for wearing her hijabs to school. Leslie humiliates Nanni in the school yard in front of all their classmates by snatching Nanni’s hijab off of her head. Nanni, not unlike any other Muslim girl, gets very upset with Leslie’s bullying. In her heart, she wants to fight Leslie, but she knows there has to be a better way. Instead of fighting, she goes home to think about the best way to handle Leslie’s bullying. Read about how she handles the situation. You can pre-order here.
2. The Beauty of my Hijab by F.A. Ibrahim
We’ve read many books on the rewards and benefits of wearing hijab. Some were cliche in the way they presented hijab to the young mumina. This one was different. Even though it used elements of nature to pass the message, we didn’t feel the objectification tasteless. It was empowering, classy, and very smooth. The drawings and the colors are also very beautiful. I have a direct niece and insha’Allah, she will get my copy. You can get yours here on Amazon.
3. I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere! by Yasmin Ibrahim
I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere is a 15 page children’s book aimed to children 3 to 5 years of age. We love that it’s inclusive of all races and a booster read to young Muslim girls who would love to wear hijab. The texts are simple and the illustrations are well done. I recommend it to Muslim parents. You can get a copy on Amazon or at Kube Publishing.
4. The Princess and the Good Deed Umm Juwayriyah & Juwayriyah Ayed
The Princess and the Good Deed is a lovely book about being charitable and expecting our rewards from the Creator. It will teach children to have manners, to be charitable toward humans, animals, and the environment. It also gives a good sense of community involvement. In all, it also shows the elegance of Princess Juwayriyah.
5. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
This book will be released on April 3rd, 2018. It’s about ‘A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.’ The theme color and the mom reminds me of The WB (Warn a Brother, just kidding, Warner Brothers, The Princess and The Frog ‘hijabised’ version of Princess Tiana. You can order a copy here via Amazon.
6. Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf by Robyn Abdusamad
Last and not least, Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf. The blurb goes as this :
Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf teaches young readers about the historical contributions of Africans and African-Americans with beautiful illustrations that reflect the modernization of today as well as the past. Join Zaynab on a magical trip where she finds the courage and strength to find her way home. In this book, which is part of a series, little Zaynab travels to Africa to meet Queen Amina, Mansa Musa and Egyptian Royalty Ramses and Nefertiti.
It’s available on Amazon here.
Who and what book can I add to this list? Please leave a comment below!
Jazak’Allah khair for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
Assalamu aleikum waramatulahi wabarakatuhu dear bloggers,
It has been a long time! I pray this finds you well, ameen. November 2015 – November 2017. Subhanallah, it has been two years since I’m making a living from home while trying to homeschool my son. It has been challenging to say the least. Many days I question my choices of wanting to be home with him. Please put your feet in my shoes haha! I’m human, and I can’t escape the doubts or whispers at times.
That said, it has been a humbling and rewarding experience for me. The stress is still present in my life but at least I get to see how my son is blooming into an intelligent human being masha’Allah. I love the priceless moments I can’t explain, and I make a mental snapshot of them for the future insha’Allah.
I also try not to take his moments of mischievousness to heart. Toddlers can be so trying but I always make a silent prayer when he listens, surprises me, or simply asks for my permission.
Many days I think he is not growing fast enough or speaking the way I want him to express himself. And my patience has improved alhamdullilah. A lot of sign language and key words are usually thrown in our daily conversations. Sometimes, they make the exchange frustrating for him and me but many times I’m happy he’s picking up words I say to him daily. I push myself to not give up because when he repeats the words right away or another day randomly, I know I have taught him that.
So even if sometimes I question my homeschooling skills because he is the only one, and he gets limited amount of time outside with other children at the playground, I’m proud and happy to know that 99% of his vocabulary and ways of acting come from me; the mother because I’m always there for him alhamdullilah. The hubby pitches in too alhamdullilah. He plays with the kiddo the way I don’t always play. I can be pretty serious and intense with my son haha!
I’m sure many mothers can relate. It’s often hard for us to roll on the carpet and play around when we have tons of things to do around the house and the internet. Having said that, I’m really thankful that the kiddo still makes me the number one person to go to in his life. I know my place, and he knows it. Mommy is his ultimate nurturer. And Daddy is really, really, really fun masha’Allah.
Am I a failure or a fabulosity? You decide. I know my answer now alhamdullilah :).
May Allah help us raise the best of the muminun, ameen.
Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
Synopsis: Everyone in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his precious bananas. However, after some unwanted encounters, Rico learns a life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship, kindness and the power of prayer.
Age Range: 4 to 6 years old
Author: Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her work
has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, Halal Consumer and Chicago Parent. She also co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series Jannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She also designs unique plots for Noor Kids educational books as their Creative Developer. You can read more about her at her website.
Illustrator : Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationery.
Please visit her website at www.memels.com.
Thoughts: The Blessed Bananas is a one of a kind Muslim fable with 50 pages. Like all fables, it teaches a morale. If you have a child who doesn’t like sharing, this is perhaps a book you should have because it teaches one to share. The illustrations are also bright and beautiful masha’Allah.
My only criticisms are that I found the book a bit preachy and over the required number of pages for a traditionally published children’s book.
You can order you at https://www.tayyabasyed.com/bookstore.
~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~
Thank you for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
Hello world 🌎 I have another book review, i recieved this book recently (childrens genre) and I instantly loved it! This book is great for children as there is many morals potrayed within, titled Suprise the book ia based around two children who are eager to know what there mothers suprise is. Im not going […]
NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK SHOWCASES FAMILYHOOD AND GOOD MANNERED MUSLIM CHILDREN Surprise! is an original children’s book story based on a real Muslim family. DALLAS, TX-August 3rd, 2017. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING will be officially releasing ‘Surprise!’ a new children’s book in paperback format by Zaheera Jina on August 27th, 2017 in the USA and on August 26th, 2017 […]
Bismillah, Surprise! by Zaheera Jina is the first book signed to Djarabi Kitabs Publishing (DKP). What was supposed to be a fellow author helping another to publish a children’s book in the USA paved the way and basically opened the DKP door to other Muslim authors seeking publishing services masha’Allah. Thus, Dr. Zaheera Jina is […]
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Originally posted on A Muslimah’s writings: “Mommy who is Allah?” by Zainab jones is a wonderful book for Muslim kids explaining the attribute “Al Khaliq” – the creator.? It’s a story of a Little boy called Abdul Rahman who asks his mother about who is Allah and her mother replies him explaining that He…