The blog started after I had been working as an Islamic School Librarian (daycare to 8th grade) for a few years. During that time, I started two book clubs at the school: elementary and middle school, that always featured books with Muslim representation, preferably by Muslim authors. To find suitable texts I was constantly reading as many Islamically themed books as I could get my hands on. Needless to say I couldn’t keep them all straight, nor could I recall specific titles when people would ask for suggestions, additionally I needed a database when putting together selections for story times. What originally began as an Excel document, quickly became a blog that people could access on their own. This way I didn’t have to follow up with them, they could browse, and feedback could be included. When we moved to a new state and I had to leave my beloved library job, I was blessed with being able to start a story time at the mosque, a book club at the local Islamic School, Ramadan story and craft times, and without a regular job, more time, to expand the reviews through Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
As a former teacher, and lifelong avid reader, I feel strongly in the power of the written word, and with so much negativity around us, I feel that positive messages that mirror the shared experiences of Muslims, speak volumes to our youth.
Feel free to offer your opinions on books I feature, and suggest books I should read, inshaAllah our kids can read books that they can identify with and see themselves in, an opportunity many of us didn’t have when we were their age.
Thanks for stopping by, Peace.
Reviewing Children & YA Islamic Fiction, Books by Muslim Authors, & Books Featuring Muslim Characters