April is National Arab American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the culture, traditions, accomplishments, and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans.
As we celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month, we asked the teachers at New Horizon Academy to share a few of their favorite books about the Arab American community.
Here are four children’s books your infant, toddler, preschooler, and school-ager will enjoy! Explore these book recommendations to celebrate and discuss the traditions and cultures of Arab people.
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story
Author: Aya Khalil
This heart-warming book tells the story of Kanzi, an Egyptian immigrant to American. The book includes a wonderful glossary of Arabic words for your family to explore. Your family will appreciate this touching story.
Baba, What Does My Name Mean? A Journey to Palestine
Author: Rifk Ebeid
Baba, What Does My Name Mean? A Journey to Palestine is a wonderful book that celebrates Palestinian culture, heritage, and family as Saamidah, a young refugee, learns the meaning of her name. Your family will relish in learning about the Palestinian culture.
The Proudest Blue
Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad
The Proudest Blue is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of two sisters, Faizah and Asiya, on the first day of school and Asiys’s first time wearing a gorgeous blue hijab. Your family will enjoy this powerful and moving story.
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story
Author: Reem Faruqi
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story tells the story of ten-year-old Lailah. Lailah is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in fasting like her family and friends in Abu Dhabi, but worried her classmates won’t understand. With advice from Mrs. Carman, the school librarian, Lailah is able to explain Ramadan to her classmates.
We hope your family loved these books and enjoyed learning about Arab American heritage and culture. Visit our Family Resource Library for more interactive kids’ activities, parenting tips, book recommendations, and more.
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