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The Kindest Red

The super-looked forward to sequel of The Proudest Blue is here and this one is about kindness and friendship!

Genre: Picture Book

Ages: 5-8

Authors: S K Ali and Ibtihaj Muhammad

Illustrator: Hatem Aly

Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers

Asyah is back, and this time for picture day. She heads to school and an assignment from her teacher makes her think of what kind of world she wants- and she decides she wants a kind one. She goes about her day spreading kindness, until it is her turn to receive kindness. And it is a bright world that Asyah loves, one in which her hijab is loved❤️

This sweet book is truly beautiful, and Hatem Aly’s art truly stood out, each spread gorgeously complementing the story and bringing the characters to life. I honestly found myself just mesmerized with all the colors and joy just lifting off the page.

I loved the message of inclusivity and spreading kindness, but I also kind of wanted more Islam in the book. I wanted to see the mom possibly imparting Islamic advice about Allah loving kindness instead of just a more general statement. Maybe even a hadith or two in the backmatter about kindness and how it is super important to Muslims in terms of gaining good deeds and spreading good on Earth.

Kids are sure to loved this newest installment by the brilliant three-member team of the NYT bestselling book The Proudest Blue so make sure to check it out❤️


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