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Muslim Authors in Books for Children, Teens and Young Adults

This is a list of books, for children, teens, and young adults, that are written by Muslim authors and can be found at your library.

Board Books and Picture Books

Cover of I Say Alhamdulillah
Noor H.
Dee

Nabil and Noura learn to say alhamdulillah after finishing something, and after sneezing in this simple and attractive little book. Will they remember to say alhamdulillah, or will they forget?

Cover of I say Bismillah
Noor H.
Dee

Nabil and Noura’s mum has just made some cupcakes. Will they remember to say Bismillah, or will the temptation be too much?

Cover of The Proudest Blue: A Story
Ibtihaj
Muhammad

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.

Cover of Mommy's Khimar
Jamilah
Thompkins-Bigelow

A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.

Cover of Your  Name is a Song
Jamilah
Thompkins-Bigelow

Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.

Cover of Under My Hijab
Hena
Khan

As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.

Cover of Amira’s Picture Day
Reem
Faruqi

Amira is excited because tomorrow is Eid with special clothes, treats, gifts, and a morning party at her mosque; but then she realizes that she is going to miss class picture day at school, something she was also looking forward to--so Amira has to figure out a way to be in two places at once.

Cover of My Grandma and Me
Mina
Javaherbin

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories.

Cover of Lailah’s Lunchbox
Reem
Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Scrabble.

Cover of Like the moon loves the sk
Hena
Khan

Illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran celebrate a mother's love and hopes for her child.

Cover of Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's
Mark
Gonzales

A lyrical celebration of multiculturalism as a parent shares with a child the value of their heritage and why it should be a source of pride, even when others disagree.

Elementary and Middle Grade Fiction

Cover of Accidental Trouble Magnet
Zanib
Mian

Imaginative Omar goes through the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends with the help of his wonderful (and silly) Muslim family.

Cover of Yasmin the Explorer (Yasmi
Saadia
Faruqi

When Yasmin's father explains to her about explorers and maps, Yasmin decides to make a map of her neighborhood and she brings it along on a trip to the farmers' market with her mother--but will the map help her when they are separated?

Cover of Sadiq and the Community Ga
Siman
Nuurali

There is an empty lot in Sadiq's neighborhood which is in serious need of cleaning up, and Sadiq has come up with an idea of what to do with it afterwards: build a community garden--so Sadiq sets out to get his classmates and friends involved and make the garden a true community success.

Cover of Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year
Nina
Hamza

A Indian American boy endures a family move from Hawaii to frigid Minnesota and, with the help of three life-changing books he reads in school, he learns to like reading, and ultimately, himself.

Cover of Amina’s Song
Hena
Khan

Feeling pulled between two cultures after a month with family in Pakistan, Amina shares her experiences with Wisconsin classmates through a class assignment and a songwriting project with new student Nico.

Cover of Barakah Beats
Maleeha
Siddiqui

It's Nimra Sharif's first time going to public school. Nimra's nervous, but as long as she has her best friend, Jenna, by her side, she figures she can take on just about anything. Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are mean, the schedule is confusing, and Jenna starts giving hijab-wearing Nimra the cold shoulder aorund the other kids. Desperate to fit in and save her friendship with Jenna, Nimra accepts an unlikely invitation to join Barakah Beats, a band mad up of popular eighth-grade boys. The only problem is, Nimra was taught that music isn't allowed in Islam, and she knows her parents would be disappointed in her.

Cover of Boy Everywhere
A.M.
Dassu

Sami loves his life in Damascus, Syria, but when war breaks out his parents decide they must flee their home for the safety of the UK.

Cover of City of the Plague God
Sarwat
Chadda

Thirteen-year-old Sikander Aziz has to team up with the hero Gilgamesh in order to stop Nergal, the ancient god of plagues, from wiping out the population of Manhattan in this adventure based on Mesopotamian mythology.

Cover of Flying Over Water
Shannon Hitchcock &
N.H. Senzai

Twelve-year-old Noura and her family, fleeing war in Syria, have been granted asylum in the United States, but they arrive in Florida to the chaos of the president's Muslim ban; twelve-year-old Jordyn is a member of the Christian church that is sponsoring the Alwan family, and Noura's student ambassador in middle school; their inevitable culture clash is made far worse by the wave of hate crimes unleashed by the Muslim ban, and personal problems of both girls--Noura's fear of water and Jordyn's worry over her mother's recent miscarriage.

Cover of It Ain’t So Awful, Falaf
Firoozeh
Dumas

Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

Cover of Omar Rising
Aisha
Saeed

Omar must contend with being treated like a second-class citizen when he gets a scholarship to an elite boarding school.

Cover of Once Upon An Eid: Stories
Aisha Saeed &
S.K. Ali (Editors)

a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy.

Cover of A Place at the Table
Saadia
Faruqi

Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an after school cooking club and bond over food and their mothers' struggles to become United States citizens.

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

Cover of Ace of Spades
Faridah
Àbíké-Íyímídé

At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are the only students chosen to be Senior Prefects who are also black, which makes them targets for a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on track toward valedictorian and bright college futures, but this prank quickly turns into a very dangerous game and they are at more than one disadvantage as it looks like things could turn deadly.

Cover of The Awakening of Malcolm X
Ilyasah Shabazz &
Tiffany D. Jackson

While in Charlestown Prison in the 1940s, young Malcolm Little reads all the books in the library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam, and emerges as Malcolm X.

Cover of An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa
Tahir

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Cover of Hani and Ishu’s Guide to
Adiba
Jaigirdar

Everyone likes Humaira 'Hani' Khan--she's easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can't be bi if she's only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she's in a relationship...with a girl her friends absolutely hate--Ishita 'Ishu' Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She's an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl. Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

Cover of Misfit in Love
S.K.
Ali

Janna Yusuf and her friends are planning for her brother's nikah. But what started as a simple marriage ceremony is turning into the biggest event of the summer-and a chance for Janna to finally reveal her crush...or so she thinks.

Cover of Shatter Me
Tahereh
Mafi

One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill. No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon. Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she's reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

Cover of We Hunt the Flame
Hafsah
Faizal

In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.

Cover of The Weight of Our Sky
Hanna
Alkaf

Amidst the Chinese-Malay conflict in Kuala Lumpur in 1969, sixteen-year-old Melati must overcome prejudice, violence, and her own OCD to find her way back to her mother.

Juvenile and Teen/Young Adult Nonfiction

Cover of Call Me American: The Extr
Abdi Nor
Iftin

Adapted from the adult memoir, this gripping story follows one boy's journey into young adulthood and offers an intimate account of modern immigration.

Cover of The Cat I Never Named: A T
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and
Laural L. Sullivan

The stunning memoir of a Muslim teen struggling to survive in the midst of the Bosnian genocide--and the stray cat who protected her family through it all.

Cover of I Am Malala: How One Girl
Malala Yousafzai and
Patricia McCormick

In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world - and did. Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person - one young person - can inspire change in her community and beyond.

Cover of Muslim Girls Rise: Inspira
Saira
Mir
Aaliya Jaleel

Discover the true stories of nineteen unstoppable Muslim women of the twenty-first century who have risen above challenges, doubts, and sometimes outright hostility to blaze trails in a wide range of fields.

Cover of Proud: Living My American
Ibtihaj
Muhammad

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Muhammad smashed barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab, and made history as the first Muslim-American woman to medal. But it wasn't an easy road. This adaptation tells a timeless, uniquely American tale of hard work, determination, and resilience.

Juvenile and Teen/Young Adult Graphic Novels

Cover of Huda F Are You?
Huda
Famy

Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was: She was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl. Huda is lost in a sea of hijabis, and she can't rely on her hijab to define her anymore. She has to define herself. 

Cover of Imperfect: A Story of Body
Dounya Awada and
Anthony E. Zuiker

Dounya, a Muslim girl living in Las Vegas, Nevada, shares her very personal story of battling eating disorders when she was a teenager, in order to help other young people suffering from this affliction.

Cover of Ms. Marvel (Series)
G. Willow
Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! 

Cover of Piece by Piece: The Story
Priya
Huq

Nisrin is a 13-year-old Bangladeshi-American girl living in Milwaukie, Oregon, in 2002. As she nears the end of eighth grade, she gives a presentation for World Culture Day about Bangladesh while wearing a traditional cultural dress. On her way home, she is the victim of a hate crime. Nisrin will have to rely on faith, friends, and family to help her recover.

Cover of When Stars Are Scattered
Victoria Jamieson and
Omar Mohamed

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother.