Dear Muslim Child

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063091993.
PreS-Gr 1–Rodaah addresses Muslim children, encouraging them to embrace their faith and have pride in their religion. Each page begins with a question; “Do you know the meaning of Nur?”/ “Do you know how special your name is?”/ “Do you know the power of words?” These questions invite self-reflection and discussion for readers of any faith or no faith, and are followed by uplifting words of comfort and encouragement. Rodaah acknowledges the judgment and microaggressions that Muslim children may face, but invites them to pray in public proudly and not feel shy. In difficult times, the author reminds children to remember that they are part of something greater: “you are not alone but part of a whole./ Let that feeling sustain you until the next prayer.” The prose offers encouragement, validation, and love to Muslim children everywhere. Ghanameh’s illustrations showcase the diversity of Muslim heritage and culture. The cool tones used throughout the book contribute to the overall serenity of the pages. For Muslim children, this book imparts comfort and understanding during a time when many children feel they have to hide their faith. For non-Muslim children, this book encourages understanding and respect.
VERDICT A love letter to Muslim children at a time when it is needed most. A recommended first purchase for school and public libraries.

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