Books with Muslim American Characters

From family dramas to dating dilemmas, from holiday celebrations to fighting racial or religious prejudice at school, these books offer mirrors of and windows into the lives of Muslim American kids and teens. The books on this list are surefire wins for kids who want to read more about growing up Muslim in the United States. For more stories of struggle and joy, check out our Books to Help Kids Understand the Immigrant Experience and Books About Racism and Social Justice.

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Hannah and the Ramadan Gift

age 4+

Sweet, inspiring story about girl's Ramadan celebration.

By: Qasim Rashid (2021)
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

age 4+

Vivid art, powerful story about sisters overcoming bigotry.

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Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter

age 4+

Poetic call to be proud of your heritage in a diverse world.

By: Mark Gonzales (2017)
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Amira's Picture Day

age 5+

Sweet story about juggling two important days of the year.

By: Reem Faruqi (2021)
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The Gift of Ramadan

age 5+

Heartfelt story about Ramadan and learning how to sparkle.

By: Rabiah York Lumbard (2019)
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Zahra's Blessing: A Ramadan Story

age 5+

Girl's kindness shines in gorgeous Ramadan tale.

By: Shirin Shamsi (2022)
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Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

age 6+

Lively bios of remarkable Muslim women inspire, entertain.

By: Saira Mir (2019)
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Amina's Voice, Book 1

age 8+

Beautiful tale of Pakistani American middle-schooler.

By: Hena Khan (2017)
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More to the Story

age 8+

Warm Little Women update stars Pakistani American sisters.

By: Hena Khan (2019)
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Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

age 8+

Lots of great life lessons as families celebrate holiday.

By: S.K. Ali, Aisha Saeed (2020)
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Count Me In

age 10+

Powerful, appealing story about 7th grader fighting racism.

By: Varsha Bajaj (2019)
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Other Words for Home

age 10+

Hopeful, relatable story of Syrian refugee in middle school.

By: Jasmine Warga (2019)
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Shooting Kabul

age 10+

Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.

By: N.H. Senzai (2011)
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All-American Muslim Girl

age 12+

Captivating coming-of-age tale explores identity, racism.

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The Awakening of Malcolm X

age 12+

Intimate fictional memoir brings Malcolm X to life.

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Huda F Are You?

age 12+

Muslim teen tries to define herself in funny graphic novel.

By: Huda Fahmy (2021)
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Watched

age 12+

Compelling tale of Muslim teen's dilemma informing for cops.

By: Marina Budhos (2016)
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

age 13+

Muslim teen busts stereotypes in bitterly funny school tale.

By: Tahereh Mafi (2018)
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Saints and Misfits, Book 1

age 13+

Muslim teen girl stands up to assaulter in empowering tale.

By: S.K. Ali (2017)
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Salaam, With Love

age 13+

Muslim teen finds acceptance, courage in heartfelt story.

By: Sara Sharaf Beg (2022)
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