Harris J’s song by the same name gets stuck in my head because it seems like “Salam Alaikum,” is the only words in the song, so when I heard that he had written a book based on the lyrics, I was a little skeptical. But, total credit to the illustrator, the book is adorable, and the lyrics aren’t too bad either.
Thirty big pages, that radiate with light and happy faces and a big clear font that celebrates peace, love, and coming together. The words “Salam Alaikum” is a Muslim greeting, but there is nothing overtly religious. There is one muhajaba that appears on a few pages, but with the content matter, there is a lot of diversity in the book. A variety of skin tones, ages, clothing, genders, sizes, all come together to hold hands and work for peace.
The content isn’t ground breaking, but the number of words on the page are good for 3-6 year olds. And it does introduce that the world is more fun when we all work together and are kind. Kids will like the illustrations and return for them undoubtedly. It is hard to know if the books these days are truly better, or are just done better. But, while I checked this one out from the library, I think I just might want a copy of my own.