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Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace by Harris J illustrated by Ward Jenkins Posted on October 24, 2017 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard 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. ...

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The Prophet’s Pond by Zaheer Khatri Posted on April 23, 2018 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard Based on the hadith as narrated by Saheeh Al-Bukhari, “Remain patient until you meet me by the pond.”  The book follows a little boy (and his mom) searching for the pond mentioned in hadith as the place Prophet Muhammad (saw) will be waiting for us in the hereafter. The beautiful, faceless pictures, radiate with beauty and light as they journey from pond to pond in search of one that has all the characteristics of the one described to us.  One that takes a month’s journey to cross one of the...

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Zak and His Little Lies by J. Samia Mair illustrated by Omar Burgess Posted on April 27, 2018 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard In the first Zak book, Zak had good intentions that just never went his way and we, as the readers, really felt bad for him.  In this new book, it takes a few pages to feel sympathy for Zak as his little lies get him in trouble, but sure enough when he finally changes his ways, it is cause for relief, celebration, and a great lesson to teach kids something that they do without much thought. The book claims to be for 3 to...

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Ilyas and Duck: Ramadan Joy by Omar S. Khawaja illustrated by Leo Antolini Posted on May 21, 2018 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard The fourth book in the popular Ilyas & Duck series is perfect for instilling joy about Ramadan, and excitement in overcoming Mr. Mean.  But first readers along with Ilyas and Duck, will have to understand what fasting means, realize that it is hard and not all fun, learn some Arabic words and concepts such as compassion, empathy, and gratitude, before they can save the neighborhood from a menacing villain wanting to destroy the blessings of Ramadan. As always, with Ilyas and Duck, the...

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Zaydo Potato: Can Allah See Me Now? by Randa Taftaf and Maz Galini illustrated by Lovyaa Garg Posted on February 26, 2018 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard The book starts off simple enough with a little boy, Zayd playing hide-and-seek with his friend (or maybe cousin), Kareem, and his cat Pepper, when the challenge of hiding where they can’t be found, spawns a lesson in how Allah (swt) is always watching and watching over us.  As the kids hide in different places, the mom uses the names of Allah (swt) to emphasize the point.  The story presents the names of Al-Baseer, the All-seeing, Al Aleem, the...

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