Zaki’s Ramadan Fast

This story looks at a day in the life of a Muslim boy who is fasting for the first time. Though he is still not required to fast every day for the month of Ramadan, his family gives him their support to achieve his goal of fasting one day. Even with that support, Zaki quickly learns that it takes effort.

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Party in Ramadan

Although too young to fast each day, Leena decides to fast on Fridays during Ramadan. When she receives an invitation to a party held on a Friday, she makes the decision to attend, but also decides not to break her fast, even though the food looks very tempting. This book shows the observance and meaning of Ramadan from the viewpoint of a Muslim child.

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Lion, King, and Coin

Laos enjoys his life in ancient Turkey. His father and grandfather are blacksmiths, famous for melting gold into beautiful objects. Laos helps by working in his grandfather’s market stall, bartering their gold for food and livestock. But exchanging such different goods and quantities is complicated. What they need is something to represent the value of their goods, something durable and lightweight. After presenting this idea to the king, he comes to Laos’s family with a very important task: to create something that will make the market accessible to everyone. A story about the invention of currency in ancient Turkey around 600 BCE.

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Hodhod’s Arabic Alphabet

Hodhod’s Arabic Alphabet is a fun and colorful book to teach Arabic ABCs as well as 28 animals to children. In this book you will find: 58 pages of artwork, colorful pages with the letters of the Arabic alphabet, and 28 unique animals that are colorful and cute. This book is a companion to the iOS application Hood’s Arabic Alphabet.

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Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World

The Muslim world has often been a bridge between East and West, but many of Islam’s crucial innovations are hidden within the folds of history.

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The Sand Elephant

Paul has no one to play with. The sandbox is empty. Or is it?

As he digs and pats the sand, a shape appears: an elephant. Curling up under the elephant’s warm, sandy trunk, Paul drifts off to sleep. But then something amazing happens. The sand elephant stands up, and lifts Paul onto its back!

The sand elephant takes Paul to a wonderful land where incredible sand animals and their children are laughing and playing together. But what will happen when the wind starts to blow and the rain starts to fall?

Stand Up! Speak Up!

Celebrate young climate change activists in this charming story about an empowered girl who shows up, listens up, and ultimately, speaks up to inspire her community to take action against climate change. After attending a climate march, a young activist is motivated to make an effort and do her part to help the planet… by organizing volunteers to work to make green changes in their community, from cleaning a lake, to planting trees, to making composting bins, to hosting a clothing swap and more! Here is an uplifting picture book that is an important reminder that no change is too small–and no person is too young–to make a difference.

The People Could Fly

LEO AND DIANE DILLON’S award-winning picture book interpretation of Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton’s beloved tale now includes an unforgettable word-for-word CD narration by James Earl Jones and Virginia Hamilton. This tale of slaves who could fly to freedom offered hope in the darkly brutal times of slavery. “That is what Virginia Hamilton set out to show, what the Dillons have so astutely expounded on and what ultimately makes this version of ‘People’ so powerful. Think of it as a triad of words, pictures, and storytelling.” – New York Times Book Review An elegant gift for reading, looking, and listening.

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea–generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. To Dayeon, the haenyeo are as strong and graceful as mermaids. To give her strength, Dayeon eats Grandma’s abalone porridge. She practices holding her breath while they do the dishes. And when Grandma suits up for her next dive, Dayeon grabs her suit, flippers, and goggles. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma’s guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean’s many gifts.