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Religion and Religious Bigotry Books

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Age Group: 8-12
Celebrating Ramadan

Author: Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

Illustrator: Lawrence Migdale

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Islam and the celebration of Ramadan, in the life of a young boy.


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Age Group: 5-8
Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story

Author: Bernard Wolf

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Text and photographs depict the joys and hardships experienced by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Egypt.


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Age Group: 4-8
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Author: Hena Khan

Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Capturing the colorful world of Islam, this informative picture book celebrates Islam's beauty and traditions.


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Age Group: 10 and up
I Am Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture, Gender and Sexism, Social Justice

This book is a Young Readers Edition and tells the remarkable story of Malala Yousafzai, a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world—and did.


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Age Group: 7-12
Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses, and Crescents

Author: Mark Podwal

Category: Jewish Culture and Anti-Semitism, Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Jerusalem—ancient home to Jews, Christians and Muslims—is blanketed by a sky like no other.


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Age Group: 5-8
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

Author: Reem Faruqi

Illustrator: Lee Lyon

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

When Ramadan begins, Lailah is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worries that her classmates won't understand why she doesn't join them in the lunchroom.


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Age Group: 8-12
Magid Fasts for Ramadan

Author: Mary Matthews

Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

An Egyptian Muslim family's celebration of Ramadan through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy.


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Age Group: 6-10
Malala Yousafzai: Warrior With Words

Author: Karen Leggett Abouraya

Illustrator: L. C. Wheatley

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture, Gender and Sexism, Social Justice

The inspiring, true story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who stands up and speaks out for every child’s right to education.


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Age Group: 6-10
Malala, A Brave Girl From Pakistan/Iqbal, A Brave Boy From Pakistan

Author: Jeanette Winter

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture, Gender and Sexism, Social Justice

This is the story of two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth.


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Age Group: 8-12
Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories and Poems

Author: Rukhsana Khan

Illustrator: Patty Gallinger

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Several short stories, poems and readings tell about Muslim children from a variety of backgrounds and places.


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Age Group: 6-12
My Name Is Bilal

Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin

Illustrator: Barbara Kiwak

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Bilal worries about being teased by his classmates for being Muslim and he thinks maybe it would be better if people don't know he is Muslim.


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Age Group: 4-8
One Green Apple

Author: Eve Bunting

Illustrator: Ted Lewin

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Farah, a young Muslim immigrant girl, feels alone even when she's surrounded by her classmates because she is new and doesn't know the language.


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Age Group: 9-12
Razia's Ray of Hope

Author: Elizabeth Suneby

Illustrator: Suana Verelst

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture, Gender and Sexism

Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small village in Afghanistan, girls haven't been allowed to attend school for many years.


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Age Group: 12-15
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

Author: Suzanne Fisher Staples

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture, Gender and Sexism

Shabanu, who has grown up with freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls, has big dreams for her future. But when her sister’s marriage falls apart Shabanu must decide whether to give up her dreams to uphold her family’s honor.


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Age Group: 7-11
Sharing Our Homeland: Palestinian and Jewish Children At Summer Peace Camp

Author: Trish Marx

Illustrator: Cindy Karp

Category: Jewish Culture and Anti-Semitism, Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Summer is here, and Alya, an Israeli Palestinian girl, and Yuval, an Israeli Jewish boy, are off to Peace Camp. They are excited, but their excitement is mixed with apprehension.


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Age Group: 6-10
The Best Eid Ever

Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin

Illustrator: Laura Jacobsen

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture

Aneesa can't stop thinking about what Eid must be like for two refugee girls and she comes up with a plan to help make it the best Eid holiday ever.


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Age Group: 4-8
Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red

Author: Rosemary McCarney

Illustrator: Yvonne Cathcart

Category: Bullying Awareness and Prevention, Religion and Religious Bigotry

Arriving at school, Rosie is dismayed to see the kids on the playground taunting her classmate Fadimata, who is Muslim and wears a headscarf. Rosie comes up with a plan.


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Age Group: 8-12
Towers Falling

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry, People, Identity and Culture, General Anti-Bias

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side.


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Age Group: 4-8
Under the Ramadan Moon

Author: Sylvia Whitman

Illustrator: Sue Williams

Category: Religion and Religious Bigotry

This book serves as an introduction to Ramadan, a time for reflection and ritual with family and friends.


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