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Best Books for Children

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

Assalamu’alaykum!

This week, we’ve compiled a list of books to keep your little ones entertained (and educated!). Enter the world of the Muslim Sleeping Beauty, learn about Ramadan with Hassan and Aneesa, and discover Hajj with Yan… there’s plenty to enjoy for young and old alike!

 

Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan by Yasmeen Rahim

It is the night before Ramadan and Hassan and Aneesa are excited for it to begin. In Ramadan they will read the Qur’an, give charity, share food with neighbours and try to fast.

Follow them on the first day of Ramadan and find out why Hassan and Aneesa love it when the holy month arrives.

 

The Hassan and Aneesa series is designed to introduce young children to a range of Muslim places. The books are colourfully designed and simply written and will guide children through a range of new experiences.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/hassan-and-aneesa-love-ramadan-2/

 

Sleeping Beauty: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

After the wicked Count Lahab promises to crush the young princess Mariam at her aqiqah, she is hidden within the king’s castle. Under the watchful eyes of Lady Masarah Mariam is safe from wicked whispers, and becomes a pious young woman with strong faith and helpful manners.

But, beyond the castle walls a serpent waits patiently and upon the news of Mariam’s wedding, Count Lahab finds a way to deceive the castle and present her with a beautiful hijab pin, covered in poison, that leaves her in a deep, unbreakable sleep.

After potions and prayers have no affect her husband, Haris, is told to go on a perilous journey to Makkah to pray for her recovery and bring back Zamzam water for her to drink. But, faced by Count Lahab and his outlaws, what does his destiny hold.

 

A faithful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, this story will awaken a love for this classic tale in a whole new community’s heart.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/sleeping-beauty-an-islamic-tale/

 

My Special Angels: The Two Noble Scribes by Razana Noor

Beside every person’s shoulder, there are two angels. Muslims know them as the Kiraman Katibin (the noble scribes). They write down every deed, good and bad, from a person’s first day to their last.

Inside this book you will find out all about them, and how to turn those bad deeds into good ones, with a lovable and cheeky young boy.

 

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/my-special-angels-the-two-noble-scribes/

 

Zak and his Good Intentions by J. Samia Mair

Zak and his sister Hana decide to see how many good deeds they can do in one day. However, everything is going wrong for Zak, and his plans only end in disappointment … and lots and lots of mess.

Zak soon realises, though, that it isn’t important what happens; it is his good intentions that count.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/zak-and-his-good-intentions/

 

Yan’s Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani

Yan’s trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. A heart-warming tale about helping others.

Yan is a big-hearted young man determined to perform Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah. But first, he must work hard on his farm and fill up his money bag for the journey. Despite the trials he faces on each unsuccessful trip to the Kaaba, Yan’s helpful nature, compassion, and generosity enable him to succeed in the end.

Fawzia Gilani-Williams was born in England where she graduated as a teacher. She serves as an international educational consultant with a PhD in children’s literature and character development. She is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network and works for the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the UAE. Sophie Burrows is a children’s illustrator based in England.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/yans-hajj-the-journey-of-a-lifetime/

Best Books for 8-13 year olds

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

This week, we’ve put together a list of some of our best books for 8-13 year olds.  These books are an excellent way for our younger readers to enjoy stories that they can relate to and learn from.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them!

 

I Wonder About The Prophet by Ozkan Oze

Have you ever wondered what the Prophet Muhammad believed before he became a prophet, why he is so important or why he is praised so often? You might wonder how he treated animals and children or if he performed miracles. All of these questions, and many more, are explored inside.

The I Wonder series give young readers answers to the BIG questions they have about Islam in brilliant little books. Written in a friendly and accessible style for today’s youth, these are essential companions for questioning young minds.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/i-wonder-about-the-prophet-book-three/

 

The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Farah enjoyed her private girls school until the day an assignment to bring in something representing her mother to talk about for International Woman’s Day. Compared to her friends’ glamorous actress and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest, humble mother have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To her surprise, her mother was quite a business woman!

The Hijab Boutique is a wonderful book that will appeal to young readers

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-hijab-boutique-2/

 

The Great Race to Sycamore Street by J. Samia Mair

This topsy-turvy adventure on Sycamore Street sees brother and sister Hude and Amani arrive in the country with one thought: it was going to be  long, boring summer. They couldn’t be more wrong. With Grandma Hana’s new neighbour planning to pull down her prized peach tree and a gang, led by archer Bobby, marshalling the local lake, Hude and Amani have a hard time getting any peace.

In this warm and comical story, find out how, under the watchful eyes of Grandma Hana, Hude and Amani plan to save the peach tree and beat Bobby at his own game before leaving Sycamore Street behind.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-great-race-to-sycamore-street/

 

The Colour Blind Boy by Mohammed Yaseen

Abdullah has just moved to a new school. As a newcomer, he find himself victim of gang who starts bullying him. Help comes from an unexpected quarters, a new friendship is struck between Abdullah and his friend, together they confront the bullies and the friendship is developed in its true Islamic Meaning.

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-colour-blind-boy-2/

 

The Muslim All Stars: Helping the Polonskys by Khaleel Muhammad

Mr Polonsky, an angry old man, is desperate for help. His house is a mess and it needs cleaning before his wife returns home from a major operation. As a last resort he puts an advert in a local shop. A group of Muslim children come together to clean-up, but with time running out and a bigger mess than they had imagined … can they succeed?

Khaleel Muhammad is a well-known singer of nasheeds (Islamic songs). He has also written and produced his own successful audio adventure, The Adventures of Hakim. This is his first children’s book.    

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-muslim-all-stars-helping-the-polonsky39s-paperback-2/

 

The Quran in plain English: Part 30 with Surah al Fatihah

This newly revised, compact edition of the chapters of the Holy Quran that are most often memorized features an improved layout and font for easier reading, and is an ideal starter for children and teens. Rendered into contemporary, highly readable English with explanatory notes, glossary and a guide to further reading, it is highly recommended for homes, schools, libraries and madrasahs.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-quran-in-plain-english-part-30-revised-edition-2009-2/

 

The Victory Boys: Team Spirit by Jamal Orme

As Shabab Al-Nasr prepare to defend their trophy, in walks Amir, a player good enough to win it on his own! But for all his stunning skills, is he ready to become one of the team? And with Ibrahim battling jealousy and low self-confidence, can the Victory Boys find that winning team spirit once more?

Visit the official book blog: thevictoryboys.com

Read a sample on Issuu.

Watch the book trailer on Youtube!

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-victory-boys-team-spirit/

 

Ibrahim Khan and the Mystery of the Haunted Lake by Farheen Khan

The second book in a series of adventures. Ibrahim and Zayn find themselves challenged by an unexpected mystery during a class vacation at the beautiful, remote Camp Chimo. How can they catch the culprit and prove that the ghost terrifying their classmates is a hoax?

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/ibrahim-khan-and-the-mystery-of-the-haunted-lake/

 

 

 

 

 

An Interview With Mehded Maryam Sinclair

Written by site_admin on . Posted in Children's Books

With the release of the award-winning book When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair approaching, we thought we would ask the author a few questions about the book and her future plans.

Please tell us a little about yourself and how you became a children’s author.

I re-discovered the power of story thirty years ago when my sons were toddlers. That led me to using story as a therapeutic technique when I later worked as a therapist in an adolescent alcohol and drug abuse treatment center. This work paved the way to a fourteen-year career as a touring and teaching storyteller in the US with the Vermont Council on the Arts. From there I reverted to Islam, around 20 years ago, and since then I have been very interested in the work of serving the Muslim community by researching what has been lost and writing with a new eye stories that are edifying and inspiring and reflect the Truth.

When Wings Expand is your latest book. Tell us a bit about it.

Wings is a journal of a well-loved Muslim girl whose mother is dying of breast-cancer. She names her journal, a gift from her mother, and then chronicles her days as one would to a trusted friend for the next two years. We learn from her how it feels to anticipate, then experience, then grieve and then recover, and we witness how she is able to share her newfound capacities with a girl in dire need of help.

What was your inspiration for When Wings Expand?

Alhamdulillah I was given experiences of death to learn from. My mother died when I was fifteen, my brother died just after I delivered my second son, and my dear friend died six years after that. These were all deaths among non-Muslims before I reverted to Islam. After I became Muslim and began to learn more about the truth of death, I wanted to explore that in greater depth and started writing this work as a story. At that time it wasn’t a journal, and I hadn’t covered much of the main character’s struggle and grieving. I showed it to the then-Kube children’s editor Fatima D’Oyen, and she suggested turning it into a journal and focusing more on grief and healing. This frightened me, I must say, and I had to live through a few more years looking inward and studying before I could finish the writing.

The book presents an affirmation of faith, rather than the typical crisis of faith, after a life-changing event. Was this intentional?

Yes, it was. Most of what gets published is about the crises of faith and the failures of faith. That is actually a very one-sided picture. I wanted to give a view of the felicity, aid and peace that comes with being committed to taking the Deen as it has been prescribed rather than the way we think it should be. Those are the stories that sometimes get ignored in the current marketplace atmosphere. And yet people want and really need those stories, maybe even more than the sensational ones, which reinforce a prevalent world-view of cynicism.

Do you have any future plans for more Muslim books?

Please make dua for me! I want to finish two other projects, young-adult novels of historical fiction based on the history that has been lost and obliterated.

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