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Muslim Women's Day

Art by Samya Arif

In honor of Muslim Women's Day on Sunday, re-read "'Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?': Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books." See also Five Questions for Jasmine Warga about Newbery honoree Other Words for Home; Five Questions for Tahereh Mafi about An Emotion of Great DelightAmra Sabic-El-Rayess Talks with Roger about The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival; and "We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books."

My friend Manar Hazzaa, an Egyptian children's writer and academic (who was also Lolly's student — it's a small world!) gifted me with her own adorable picture books at left. Ramadan begins Saturday, April 2; find book recommendations here and see also Guide/Reviews Database: Subject: Muslims. Follow @HijabiLibrarian and see graphic below (from 2019) for other ways to celebrate and amplify Muslim Women's voices during Women's History Month — and all year long.  

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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