Book Reviews

Check out my take on the latest Muslims kid lit as well as South Asian picture books, middle grade and young adult novels.

Overall Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang feels as cozy and inviting as a cup of tea, except for an unfortunate glaring error. Read the review here.

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Mitali Perkins sweet and restrained story underlines the message that we all belong and can create a space for our culture and experiences. Read the review here.

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A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night written by Allison Ofanansky and illustrated by Rotem Teplow explores interfaith friendship and a connection over shared food and festivities. Read the review here.

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The Unexpected Friend is story about kindness and compassion and the Rohingya community’s plight that has gotten little international attention. Read the review here.

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Hunted By the Sky, Tanaz Bhatena’s new young adult fantasy novel is an inspired resistance. Read the review here.

In this beautifully rendered study of opposites, author Tara Dairman imagines a meeting between a girl and boy in India whose lives are upended by the vagaries of weather. Reviewed for the July/August 2020 Horn Book Magazine (requires login for access)

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Like the Moon Loves the Sky is a heartwarming universal prayer of love and hope. Read the review here.

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In this warm and enveloping look at universal love, author Mina Javaherbin takes a nostalgic snuggle back into her childhood in Iran growing up with her grandmother or Khanom as she lovingly used to call her. Read the review here.