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I Promise by Zanib Mian illustrated by Maria Migo Posted on April 9, 2018 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard Don’t let this 32 page book with minimal text fool you in to thinking that big ideas, strong emotions, and tremendous self empowerment are not effectively conveyed, because despite my initial feelings toward the book, they really are.  I would say the target audience is 4 to 8 year olds, but I know plenty of adults that could use the reminder that promises should be kept, especially ones made to one’s self.  On my first reading of the book, I didn’t love the pictures, and while I...

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Ilyas & Duck Search for Allah by Omar S. Khawaj illustrated by Leo Antolini Posted on January 3, 2016 by islamicschoollibrarian Standard I might have squealed in delight after reading this book.  Alhumdulillah, since starting this blog I have found that there are indeed a lot of good quality children’s books out there, but this one, well it just does it all. Ilyas & Duck Search for Allah is concise in words, but somehow successfully tackles the huge concept of understanding Allah (swt) through His creation in a powerful way.  And I think a big part of its power comes from its humor and...

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The Muslims by Zanib Mian Posted on February 1, 2018 by islamicschoollibrarian After reading this book, I really, really want to meet (and be friends with) the author, she writes from the point of view of Omar, a nine year old boy, and his perspective and voice are so authentic and relevant that while the book targets 3rd through 5th grade, I am certain kids and adults, Muslims and non-muslims, boys and girls, and everyone else, will all thoroughly enjoy this laugh-out-loud 164 page book.   SYNOPSIS: Omar is starting at a new school, we don’t know why, and while he is nervous, he has...

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