The #kidlitforchristchurch auction is live until March 27th at 11:59 pm! My donation is one copy of the middle-grade novel AMINA’S VOICE by Hena Khan, two Abo el Ela Co. Abu Ghazala Egyptian shawls made in Cairo, Egypt, one Navy Blue, one Burgundy, approximately 7ft x 3ft, all items are new. Bid on my items, #035 here!
What is this fundraiser about? Organizers wrote:
On Friday, March 15, a gunman opened fire in two Christchurch Mosques, Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid Mosque. During this terrorist attack, 50 people lost their lives and 48 people were injured.
As members of the kidlit community, we want to make a stand against hatred and Islamophobia, and show our solidarity with the victims and affected Muslim communities. The auctions and raffles on this page will support the United for Christchurch Mosque Shootings fundraiser, which aims to “help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families.”
The auctions and raffles will be open March 24th at 12:01 AM EST and close March 27th at 11:59 PM.
Themes/Topics: hijab fashion, modern Muslim women, religion
Brief Synopsis: UNDER MY HIJAB is written from the point of view of a young girl who observes how, when, and where her modern, independent, female family members wear their individual headscarves for work and play.
Why I like this book: Hena Khan’s story is for anyone curious about modern Muslim women who choose to wear a hijab.
Most often women cover their hair, ears, and neck but to show just how individual that choice is, the cool artist aunt covers her hair and ears pinned with a handmade jewel. Illustrator Aaliya Jaleel adds other details like henna designs worn on the hands of these characters while attending a social event.
At the end of the book, the author shares the cultural and religious significance of wearing the headcover.
I read the ARC for this review. UNDER MY HIJAB would
be a great addition to the home, school, and library.
Title: Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
Written by: Hena Khan
Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 6, 2012)
Suitable for grades: PreK-2
Themes/Topics: celebrating holidays, community, cultural awareness
Brief Synopsis: Beautifully written and illustrated, this book highlights the colorful world of Islam. A little girl takes the reader with her as she navigates her world showing different parts of her culture that kids can easily relate to like clothing, food and different celebrations.
Opening pages: “Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray, facing toward Mecca, five times a day.”
“Blue is the hijab Mom like to wear. It’s a scarf she uses to cover her hair.”
Why I like this book: I enjoy books that address culture. Others can peek inside the lives of those who may seem very different only to realize the things we enjoy and hold dear are often the same but celebrated differently.