Children’s Books Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month

As we celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April, it’s an excellent time to pick up one of the books on our list of Children’s Books Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month. All ages from young children to teens will enjoy diving into these books.

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 Children’s Books Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month 


Photo Description: Book Cover of THESE OLIVE TREES

Written and Illustrated by Aya Ghanameh
Published by Viking Press

Photo Description: Book Cover of LOUJAIN DREAMS OF SUNFLOWERS

Loujain watches her beloved baba attach his feather wings and fly each morning, but her own dreams of flying face a big obstacle: only boys, not girls, are allowed to fly in her country. Yet despite the taunts of her classmates, she is determined to do it–especially because Loujain loves colors, and only by flying can she see the color-filled field of sunflowers her baba has told her about. Eventually, he agrees to teach her, and Loujain’s impossible dream becomes reality–and soon other girls dare to learn to fly.

Based on the experiences of co-author Lina AlHathloul’s sister, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Loujain AlHathloul, who led the successful campaign to lift Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, this moving and gorgeously illustrated story reminds us to strive for the changes we want to see–and to never take for granted women’s and girls’ freedoms.

Photo Description: Book Cover of HUDA F ARE YOU?

Written and Illustrated by Huda Fahmy
Published by Dial Books

Photo Description: Book Cover of DAUGHTERS OF THE LAMP

Percy Jackson meets Arabian fairy tales in this stunning middle grade fantasy debut about a girl who becomes the guardian of Ali Baba’s legendary treasure.

Believe in fairy tales.

Sahara Rashad lives by logic. Loves science. And always has a plan. Except her dad just whisked her away to her uncle’s wedding in Egypt, upending every single plan she had for the summer.

In Cairo, Sahara’s days are filled with family–and mystery. First, Sahara’s cousins claim the pretentious bride-to-be is actually a witch. Then her late mother’s necklace starts glowing–and disappears.

Sahara’s attempts to recover the necklace lead her to the greatest mystery yet. Deep in an underground chamber lies Ali Baba’s magical treasure. Hidden from a line of sorcerers who threatened to use its powers for evil, the treasure was given to Sahara’s ancestor Morgana for safekeeping and passed down from mother to daughter for generations. Now only Sahara stands in the sorcerers’ way.

Can the girl who’s never believed in magic trust the unknown and claim her legacy as the treasure’s keeper?

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Written by Cathy Camper and Illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi
Published by Candlewick Press

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