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Public School Leveled Islamic Rep Book Suggestions 2022 with AR Levels

Updated: Aug 8


GENERAL ISLAM/MUSLIM CHARACTERS/MUSLIM JOY


PICTURE BOOKS

Halal Hot Dogs by Susannah Aziz illustrated by Parwinder Singh

In My Mosque by M.O. Yuksel illustrated by Hatem Aly (AR 3.9)

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns By Hena Khan (AR 2.4)

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini (AR 2.8)

One Sun and Countless Stars by Hena Khan illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini


EARLY READERS

ENTIRE SADIQ SERIES by Siman Nurali (AR 3.2-3.6)

Yasmin series by Saadia Faruqi (AR 2.2-2.7)


MIDDLE GRADES

Planet Omar series by Zanib Mian: Accidental Trouble Magnet, Unexpected Super Spy, Incredible Rescue Mission, Epic Hero Flop (AR 5.0)

The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz and Hena Khan illustrated by Hatem Aly

Golden Girl by Reem Faruqi

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan (AR 4.4)

Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza

Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream Series by Hena Khan(AR 3.8-4.2)


YA: (REMINDER AR IS READING LEVEL NOT CONTENT APPROPRIATENESS)

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (AR 5.7)

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney (AR 4.5)


Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (AR 4.9)

Misfits in Love by S.K. Ali

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali (AR 5.0)



HIJAB

PICTURE BOOKS

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K. Ali illustrated by Hatem Aly (AR 2.3)

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel (AR 3.1)

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow illustrated by Ebony Glenn (AR 3.5)

Deep in the Sahara By Kelly Cunnane (AR 3.7)



MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (also covers Refugee) (AR 5.3)

Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers Edition) by Ibtihaj Muhammad (AR 6.7))

Yes, I’m Hot in This by Huda Fahmy


YA: (REMINDER AR IS READING LEVEL NOT CONTENT APPROPRIATENESS)

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy



HOLIDAYS (RAMADAN, EID AL FITR, EID AL ADHA, UMRAH, HAJJ)

PICTURE BOOKS


Hannah and the Ramadan Gift by Qasim Rashid illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel (AR 3.6)

Going to Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert illustrated by Valentina Cavallini

The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin Illustrated by Laura Jacobsen (AR 3.8)

Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale Retold by Fawzia Gilani-Williams (AR 2.9)

Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert Illustrated by Shirin Adl (AR 4.6)

Peg + Cat: The Eid al-Adha Adventure by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson (AR 3.2)

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi (AR 3.6)


EARLY READERS:

Sadiq and the Ramadan Gift by Siman Nuurali illustrated by Anjan Sarkar (AR 3.4)



MIDDLE GRADES

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed (AR 5.0)


REFUGEE/IMMIGRANT

PICTURE BOOKS

My Name is Bana by Bana Alabed illustrated by Nez Riaz

The Roses in My Carpet by Rukhsana Khan illustrated by Ronald Himler (AR 3.2)


MIDDLE GRADES

Flying Over Water by Shannon Hitchcock and N.H. Senzai (briefly mentions a swimming coach is a lesbian) (AR 5.4)

World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story by Kenan Trebinčević and Susan Shapiro

Escape From Aleppo by N.H. Senzai (AR 6.4)



MIDDLE SCHOOL:

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (AR 3.7)

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (also in hijab) mentions crushes and periods


YA (REMINDER AR IS READING LEVEL NOT CONTENT APPROPRIATENESS)

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura L. Sullivan (AR 5.5)




MUSLIM REP IN STEM

PICTURE BOOKS

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet by Elizabeth Suneby and Rebecca Green (AR 4.4)


Solar Story: How One Community Lives Alongside the World’s Biggest Solar Plant by Allan Drummond (AR 4.2)


One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University by M.O. Yuksel illustrated by Mariam Quraishi



Maryam’s Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani by Megan Reid illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel (AR 5.2)




ISLAMOPHOBIA NON FICTION:

Islamaphobia deal with it in the name of peace by Safia Saleh illustrated by Hana Shafi



***NOTES: The heading picture book does not always imply that it is for preschool to first grade, often picture books are also for older, more mature, readers.


Many books are newly published and are not yet in the AR database.


*MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YA may have flagged material: crushes, relationships, side lbgtq+ individuals, but considering what is out there, the items on this list are within reason in our opinion.


PLEASE READ REVIEWS BY @MUSLIMKIDSBOOKNOOK @MUSLIMMOMMYBLOG @BINTYOUNUS AND @ISLAMICSCHOOLLIBRARIAN to see if the book suggestions above align with your needs.




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