Bilal and the Big Bully

There is a book with my son’s name on it! Masha’Allah alhamdullilah :).

Hey, I Wrote A Book

In August 2017 I introduced my third book, and very first children’s book. I never really intended to write a fiction book, but someone in my Toastmasters club suggested I write a children’s book. I went home and thought about it that day, and in a week I had a rough draft down. I was happy with how the story was developing, so I decided to go ahead with it. Besides, I like a good challenge.

Bilal and the Big Bully is about a boy who is starting at a new school, one in which there happens to be a rather large bully who likes eating a bite of other kids’ lunches. The main character is of a minority background because I wanted to add some diversity to the world of children’s literature.

Furthermore, I figured I would write not just a fun story, but one that could help make…

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Bedtime Sunnahs: Emulating the Prophet one night at a time – A Review

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Summary: This rhyming book outlines several nighttime Islamic practices for kids —and even adults— to implement before going to bed. Fostering a love for the Prophet’s Sunnah, as well as teaching children to practice good deeds consistently. Also includes references to associated hadiths, an explanation of Islamic terminology, and additional advanced practices.

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About the Author: Alia G. Dada was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in the Spanish Language. Shortly after, she moved to Cairo, Egypt. After privately studying Arabic she went on to obtain her degree in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the Al-Azhar University. Blessed with a child who has a love for reading, she was inspired to write a book that would help caregivers water the seed of faith and Islamic literacy in the hearts of young Muslims.

The Illustrator: You can read more on Robin Boyer here.

Publisher: Prolance

Review: Bedtime Sunnahs is a colorful, rhyming, and informative children’s book. Young and old can learn something anew on bedtime sunnah practices insha’Allah. It shows and portrays many Muslim families of  diverse background. Bedtime Sunnahs is definitely inclusive and a must-have for every Muslim household masha’Allah! I give this free review copy a 5 stars! You can buy it at Prolance here.

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Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

6 Children Books To Have For Your Young Muslimah

Assalamu aleikum,

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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~

The Blessed Bananas – A Review

Bismillah,

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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.

Publisher: Prolance

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.

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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~

FREE EBOOK AND PRESS RELEASE FOR MWIA

Originally posted on Between Sisters, SVP!: NEW MUSLIM CHILDREN’S BOOK FOCUSES ON THE ATTRIBUTE OF ALLAH, AL-KHALIQ Al-Khaliq (The Creator) showcases a Muslim teaching moment and a loving bond between a mother and her son. DALLAS, TX-August 13th, 2017. DJARABI KITABS has published a Muslim children’s book by Author Susan Zainab Jones. It’s titled ‘Al-Khaliq (The Creator) and part…

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