Kidlit These Days

Hosted ByJenn Northington & Matthew Winner

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

E3: #3: Demystifying the Hijab

Karina and Matthew talk about speaking to children on the danger of hate-laced speech toward Muslims, seeking understanding of hijab and the importance of hijab to some Muslim women, and the implications of a recent challenge to a public school staff dress code that would bar principals and teachers from wearing religious symbols. Joining is special guest Saadia Faruqi, author of the Meet Yasmin series, illustrated by Hatem Aly.

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Video of Stephen Colbert interviewing Olympic fencerIbtihaj Muhammad

She Wears a Headscarf. Is Quebec Derailing Her Career?” New York Times article, April 2, 2019

Parents, We Need to Teach Our Children About the Dangers of Hate-laced Speech Against Muslims” Washington Post article, April 9, 2019


Stargazing by Jen Wang (TBR September 2019)

This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, and others


Picture Books:

The Proudest Blue byIbtihaj Muhammad (Author), Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (Contributor)

Under My Hijab byHena Khan, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel

Mommy’s Khimarby Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn

Chapter Books:

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly

Middle Grade:

Other Words for Homeby Jasmine Warga (TBR May 28, 2019)

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