Islamic Books with Official AR/BL levels
Updated: Oct 5
Attention Teachers, Educators, Parents, and Librarians!
If you have a young child in elementary school, you know that AR (accelerated reading) books and tests are a big deal. These tests are used in schools to help raise a child’s reading level and help them with their vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Studies show that children that read more books, do better at school. If those children are Muslim, chances are that you want them to be surrounded by books that reflect their own diversity and help them see themselves in the stories that they are reading.
I have compiled a list of books about Muslim kids, with their AR points and Book levels included. Note that these are Traditionally published books, as I could not find any Islamic publishing books AR levels.
Please share this with your Muslim parents, Islamic educators, Islamic schools, your public schools (many of which want more diverse books), or even donate some to your local library to help bring more awareness to diverse Muslim-led books.
To help you with understanding the list, AR means points earned (how much reading is done), and BL means grade level- so 2.2 would be second grade in the second month of school.
Quick note: Many of these books have been reviewed by me and can be found on my blog, and some are still future reviews.
The following are ranged by Book Level:
1. Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, published by Penguin (BL 2.2) (AR: 0.5)
2. Yasmin Series by Saadia Faruqi and published by Capstone. (BL: 2.2-2.7) (AR: 0.5)
3. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan and published by Chronicle Books (BL: 2.4 )(AR: 0.5)
4. Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzales and published by Salaam Reads (BL: 2.7) (AR: 0.5)
5. Crescent Moon and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan and published by Chronicle Books (BL: 2.8) (AR: 0.5)
6. The Eid Al-Adha Adventure (Peg and Cat), published by Candlewick press (BL: 3.2) (AR: 0.5)
7. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamila Thompkins Bigelow and published by Salaam Reads (BL: 3.5 (AR: 0.5)
8. Sadiq Series by Siman Nuurali and published by Capstone. (BL: 3.5-3.6) (AR: 1)
9. Laila’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi and published by Tilbury House (BL: 3.6) (AR: 0.5)
10. Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunane, published by Schwartz and Wade (BL: 3.7) (0.5)
11. The Best Eid Ever, by Asma Mobin-Uddin, published by Boyd Mills Press (BL: 3.8) (AR: 0.5)
12. Zayd Saleem Series by Hena Khan, published by Salaam Reads (BL: 3.8-4.2) (AR: 2)
13. Museum Mysteries by Steve Brezenoff, published by Capstone (BL: 4.0) (AR: 1)
14. Night of the Moon by Hena Khan and published by Chronicle Books (BL: 4.1) (AR: 0.5)
15. Time to Pray by Maha Adassi, published by Boyd Mills Press (BL: 4.2) (AR: 0.5)
16. A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin, published by Boyd Mills Press (BL: 4.2) (AR: 0.5)
17. Ramadan Moon by Na’ima Robert, published by Frances Lincoln Books (BL: 4.6) (AR: 0.5)
18. A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Lorenzi, published by Charlesbridge Publishing (BL: 4.6) (AR: 9)
19. Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah published by Orchard books (BL: 4.9) (AR: 12)
20. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan and published by Salaam Reads (BL: 5) (AR: 5)
21. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, published by Balzer and Bay (Bl: 5.3)(AR:5)
22. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi and published by Salaam Reads (BL:5.4) (AR:8)
23. Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai, published by Paula Wiseman (BL:6.4) (AR:9)