12 Books for a Muslim Girls Bookshelf

12 books for a muslim girls bookshelf

The books we read, the shows we watch and the stories we hear as children all have a huge impact on the adults we become. As children our beliefs, morals, aspiration and confidence can be enriched and shaped by the stories we soak in our youth. With so much pressure on girls to be a certain way, it’s more important than ever for them to have books that reflect their identities. We have compiled a list of books that are not only fun to read but also empower our girls to do the right thing, have compassion and succeed, all while wearing their hijab and modest clothes. Do you have any of these books on your bookshelf?

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey

When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.

Recommended age: 4+

Big Red Lollipop

Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can?t convince Ami that you just don?t bring your younger sister to your friend?s party.

Recommended age: 4+

The Sandwich Swap

The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gate-fold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.

Recommended age: 4+

Princess Siyana’s Pen

The beautiful princess Siyana is estranged from her parents at birth and grows up at El Sol orphanage with Ms. Salma, the head caretaker. There, she learns to use her special pen to write letters to God and discovers who she really is.

Recommended age: 4+

Captain Lilly and the New Girl

Lilly is excited about playing with the community league girls’ soccer team. When the new girl, Sara, joins the team, there is controversy over her headscarf caused by their competing team’s coach. The Wolves band together and insist that if Sara can’t play with her hijab, they will not play at all.

Recommended age: 5+

The Beauty Of My Hijab

The Beauty Of My Hijab This is a special book that shows the beauty of covering by drawing comparisons to things that are cherished and valued all around us, especially in nature. Girls see how they are valued, cherished, protected and beautiful through the fluid poetic verses and captivating illustrations.

Recommended age: 5+

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale

Cinderella is one of the oldest, best-known, and most loved stories worldwide, with hundreds of cultural variants and re-tellings from ancient Egypt and China to the present day. In this version we follow the trials and tribulations of the sweet, gentle, and pious Zahra when her parents die and she is left at the mercy of an uncaring stepmother and stepsisters.

Recommended age: 5+

Snow White: An Islamic Tale

Involving the power of a djinn, poisoned dates, seven dwarf sisters-in-faith, and a mysterious old peddler woman in the woods wearing a face veil, this lyrically told story offers a unique twist on this fairy tale, whilst keeping the classic much-loved story intact, including a hateful and vain stepmother, a considerate huntsman, and a charming prince.

Recommended age: 6+

Jannah Jewels

The Jannah Jewels land in the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali. Suddenly, they are caught in the middle of a mystery. Someone has stolen a priceless manuscript!

While following clues, they find the Grand Mosque and discover the Treasure King. Who exactly is the Treasure King and can the Jannah Jewels restore the missing manuscript into a Golden Clock before time runs out?

Recommended age: 7+

Hijab & Basketball

Amina, an aspiring basketball athlete, moves to a new school in a new city. At first, Amina makes a friend in Jennifer by finding out that faith links them together. But, when Amina is teased about her head-scarf, Jennifer is swayed in her loyalty. Encouraged by a sympathetic mother, she tells the story of Nusaybah bint Ka’ab, a courageous woman who is remembered for her bravery in the face of religious persecution.

Recommended age: 8+

Ayesha Dean The Istanbul Intrigue

Ayesha and her friends Sara and Jess jump at the chance of accompanying Ayesha’s uncle on a trip from Australia to Istanbul. But when Ayesha discovers a mysterious note as a result of visiting an old bookshop, their relaxing holiday starts to get a whole lot more complicated!

Recommended age: 9+

The Hijab Boutique

Farah enjoyed her private girls’ school and fun with her friends. Then an assignment meant she had to talk about her mother for “International Woman’s Day” in front of the whole class. Compared to her friends’ glamorous actress, make-up artist, and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest mother possibly have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To Farah’s surprise, her mother was quite the business woman before putting her career on hold to care for her daughter.

Recommended age: 8+

12 books for a muslim girls bookshelf

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Loving mother of two, former Islamic School educator turned homeschooler. I love bargains, Eid and traveling and have visited 13 countries in 4 continents many in the quest of seeking beneficial knowledge. This is the space I share the little knowledge I have acquired along the way.

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