It’s Jummah Day, by Devina Aisha Sharma and Roger Ibn Tyrone

 

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Title: It’s Jummah Day
Author: Devina Aisha Sharma and Roger Ibn Tyrone
Genre: Children’s Book
Illustrator: Roger Ibn Tyrone
Publisher: Minaret Mountain Books
Released: 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 62
Source: I received a paperback from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 5/5
Links: Purchase | Facebook | Instagram

A slice of life poem about two boys enjoying their favourite day of the week Jummah Day! Join these two brothers on their day following the sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (saw) and travelling with their father to the masjid. Teach your kids about the value of going to Friday prayer and how it becomes a special family day for Muslims around the world. Read it to them on a Thursday night after Surah Yasin and get them excited about going to the Masjid!

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The Butterfly Refugee, by Roger Ibn Tyrone

The Butterfly Refugee Book Review

Title: The Butterfly Refugee
Author:  Roger Ibn Tyrone
Genre: Children’s Book
Illustrator: Roger Ibn Tyrone
Publisher: Minaret Mountain Books
Released: 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 34
Source: I received a paperback from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 5/5
Links: Purchase | Facebook | Instagram

A poetic narrative following the journey of a little girl seeking refuge.
An inspirational story of keeping hope alive even through the hard times.
With an unknown future we never know the blessings yet to come around the corner.

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A Muslim Boy’s Guide to Life’s Big Changes, by Sami Khan

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Title: A Muslim Boy’s Guide to Life’s Big Changes
Author: Sami Khan
Genre: Middle Grade, Non-fiction
Publisher: Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd
Released: February 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
Source: I received a copy from The Islamic Kid Store in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5
This book gives brotherly advice on life in general from Islam and friends, school and home life through to the physical changes a boy will experience from the age of 11 onwards.

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Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed

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Title: Amal Unbound
Author: Aisha Saeed 
Genre: Middle Grade/Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Released: May 2018
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Kindle
Pages: 240 (hardcover)
Source: I borrowed a copy from Abu Dhabi Children’s Library
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon | GoodReads | Penguin Random House 

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.
Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

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Big Little Steps, by Mathilde Loujayne

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Title: Big Little Steps: A Woman’s Guide to Finding a Balanced Lifestyle and a Glowing Heart in Islam
Author: Mathilde Loujayne
Genre: Non-fiction
Edition: First
Publisher: The Dreamwork Collective
Released: 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 245
Source: I received a hard copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 5/5
What are Muslim women’s rights? What do modesty, humbleness and fashion have in common? What is halal food?
This book is designed to empower women with Islamic values. You are given the tools to become the best version of yourself, as you enter a universal family beyond borders, called the Ummah. Welcome, sister!

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Amina’s Voice, by Hena Khan

Amina's Voice Book Review
Title: Amina’s Voice
Author: Hena Khan
Genre: Middle Grade/Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Released: March 2017
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 208
Source: I borrowed a copy from Abu Dhabi Children’s Library.
Rating: 3/5
Purchase: Amazon | GoodReads
Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.
Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

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