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Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Muslim kids books 

The Katha Chest: 
Hey Desi Fam
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You guys must have heard about special cloth called "𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚"? Right?
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But have you guys ever thought that piece of cloth can come along with several memories? Which means 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐲 Simon & Schuster Canada
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Adorable book that talks about different kind and styles of Katha saree 🥻 that belongs to family members and each saree tells its own story about Bangladesh, its history and culture including struggles of war.
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Asia loves to visit Nanu's house and like every curious child she loves to explore and play with the Katha chest, where Nanu has turned old sarees into quilts (𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝐷𝑒𝑠𝑖 𝑁𝑎𝑛𝑢, 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒).
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Simple beautiful book with vibrant illustrations just felt so special.
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Illustrations and mention of death as well.



One Sun and Countless Stars A Muslim book of Numbers:
Have you ever wished to have Muslim counting book for your child? One sun and countless stars is 3rd book in series is out there published by Chronicle Kids
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In this book you will see daily routine of a Muslim child's life from sunrise to sunset while performing religious rituals of morning prayer to countless blessings till night.
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Rhyming book that will help your child count things around him/her including hands for dua, bags of sadaqah, jugs of Zam Zam, Hajj, tasbeeh along with other rituals. The beginning of this book makes one feel like it says about 8.
I loved to see shoes being arranged outside masjid which is much needed to see in Muslim children's books in my opinion to teach manners of visiting masjid/mosque.
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My most favorite part of this book was the see Surah Ikhlas written in its real Arabic text. You will see some real material being used for illustration that you want to touch and feel.
Though beginning of this book makes one feel like we Muslims wakeup for morning prayer with sunrise which isn't the case. With sunrise, morning prayer time finishes. I'm not sure if this was being done to balance rhyme?
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It comes with glossary and Author's note at the end where she tells us about Muslim mathematicians and astronomers who helped develop algebra and geometry to create elaborated patterns in Islamic art. If you have seen the previous 2 books in this series, I'm sure you are definitely going to love this one as well.
MS Marvel:
Hey Super Hero fans.
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𝑫𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝑲𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝑲𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒂 𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝑷𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒊 𝑨𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒏𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝑱𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒚 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝑴𝒔. 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒍?
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Have you seen this book for younger kids? MS marvel Kamala Khan by Penguin Random House Canada
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This simple book tells kids how Kamala Khan turned into Ms. Marvel and how she tries to balance between her Muslim identity, family friends and chores while fighting against super Villans.
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Newly released book brings smile on your face when you see Kamala Khan sitting on praying mat along with her immigrant parents and her brother Aamir with Kufi and beard.
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My only concern is that in one illustration Kamala Khan and one other woman while sitting on praying mats, their hair is showing off from their headscarf which is usually not the case when you wear hijab.
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That's the whole point of wearing it from Muslim point of view I would say. Hijab is to cover your hair, all and completely. What do you think?



Yasmin Series:

Yasim is a 𝐏𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 character who is always struggling with challenges around her e.g. She isn't an artist but she made amazing painting, she isn't a cook but she made amazing food and she became zoo keeper for a day as well. She belongs to a 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢 𝐇𝐢𝐣𝐚𝐛𝐢 family where you can see her old grandpa on wheelchairs who is always ready to help her along with her grandma.
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At the end of each book, you learn some amazing facts about 𝐏𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧 along with new vocabulary and some cool crafts sometimes like 𝑘𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑧 𝑠𝑢𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑙𝑠 etc. Yasim series shows life of Pakistani American child in public school system where you can see diverse characters
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These book series are for intermediate readers and my kids are in love with Yasmin and her ideas as she always has one. Sometimes you flip page and you feel like... Oh! It's finished already? 😅
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Will love to see more books in this series.

 

 

 Halal Hot Dogs:

Friday is very special day for Muslims and many of us like to celebrate it with some treats like Musa's family. Halal hot dogs is published by Simon & Schuster Canada. Musa is Palestinian American child who loves to have his Friday treats with his family. Lately they made it different where each member of their family started picking special treats till it was Musa's turn and he picked Halal hotdogs with Salam Sauce. My kids loved this book so much because it starts with Assalam Alaikum and Musa's super long Arab name make them giggle always.
Thing that we loved in this book is traditional Palestinian cloths along with their special dance called "Dabake". Musa will teach you actual steps which he has learnt from his grandfather. The most visible and unique feature of this book that I really liked is, imperfect family, low expectations and full of forgiveness. As parents these features can help you reflect on your own parenting style. Most important, it doesn't talk only about Halal Hotdogs or Palestinian food but actually it will show you diverse cultural foods as well e.g. Tacos, Falafel, Sheesh Kabab etc.
I have read this book several times already so I think I can rewrite it now as well 🙂
It comes with a glossary at the end along with the author's note that is worth reading.
Tell me how you make Friday special? Do you have any treats on Friday as well?


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