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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books: A Conversation

I am so pleased that my August 2019 interview with Sadaf Siddique, Sister Religion/Sister Kidlit has grown up to be an article in March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine! It's called We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books: A Conversation because Sadaf and I interviewed each other, continuing the discussion we began on the podcast and recommending Jewish and Muslim titles for all readers. The Horn Book is a distinguished children's literature review journal established in 1924, so I am more than honored to have my name within its pages.

Our conversation was followed by a recommended reading list of Jewish/Muslim interfaith kidlit. I've included that list below, with Book of Life affiliate links to Indiebound or Bookshop.org if available. Any purchases you make will benefit the podcast.

Recommended Interfaith Books 
The following titles present interfaith Muslim-Jewish friendships. For the additional booklists discussed in this article, visit kitaabworld.wordpress.com/recommendations/ and jewishlibraries.org/love_your_neighbor

Picture Books
  • Shalom, Salaam, Peace (Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1999) by Howard I. Bogot; illus. by Norman Gorbaty 
  • Snow in Jerusalem (Whitman, 2001) by Deborah da Costa; illus. by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu 
  • Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam (Kar-Ben, 2017) adapted by Fawzia Gilani-Williams; illus. by Chiara Fedele 
  • Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain (Wisdom Tales, 2014) by Jacqueline Jules; illus. by Durga Yael Bernhard 
  • Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses, and Crescents (Doubleday, 2005) by Mark Podwal 
  • A Moon for Moe and Mo (Charlesbridge, 2018) by Jane Breskin Zalben; illus. by Mehrdokht Amini
Middle Grade 
  • If You Could Be My Friend: Letters of Mervet Akram Sha’ban and Galit Fink (Orchard, 1998) edited by Litsa Boudalika; trans. by Ariane Elbaz and Beatrice Khadige 
  • Samir and Yonatan (Levine/Scholastic, 2000) by Daniella Carmi; trans. by Yael Lotan 
  • A Place at the Table (Clarion, 2020) by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan 
  • Running on Eggs (Front Street/Cricket, 1999) by Anna Levine 
  • A Ceiling Made of Eggshells (Harper/HarperCollins, 2020) by Gail Carson Levine 
  • Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community (Peachtree, 2015) by Cynthia Levinson 
  • Sharing Our Homeland: Palestinian and Jewish Children at Summer Peace Camp (Lee & Low, 2010) by Trish Marx; photos by Cindy Karp 
  • The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust (Holiday, 2009) by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix
Young Adult

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