Little Leaders meets Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in this gorgeous nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to nineteen powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard.

Long ago, Muslim women rode into battle to defend their dreams. They opened doors to the world’s oldest library. They ruled, started movements, and spread knowledge.
Today, Muslim women continue to make history.
Once upon a time, they were children with dreams, just like you.

Discover the true stories of nineteen unstoppable Muslim women of the twenty-first century who have risen above challenges, doubts, and sometimes outright hostility to blaze trails in a wide range of fields. Whether it was the culinary arts, fashion, sports, government, science, entertainment, education, or activism, these women never took “no” for an answer or allowed themselves to be silenced. Instead, they worked to rise above and not only achieve their dreams, but become influential leaders.

Through short, information-rich biographies and vibrant illustrations, Muslim Girls Rise introduces young readers to the diverse and important contributions Muslim women have made, and role models they may never have heard of before, but whose stories they will never forget.

Written by: Saira Mir

Published by: Simon & Schuster/ Salaam Reads

Release: October 29, 2019

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“As a collection for younger readers to browse, as a starting point for older readers, and as a source of inspiration and pride for all ages, this volume wins.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“With jewel-tone illustrations that pop, this appealing collective biography will have children returning to its pages again and again.”

- BookList

This galvanizing compendium highlights an eclectic array of notable 21st-century Muslim women… Jaleel’s crisp, colorful, digitally rendered illustrations show each woman in her element…

- Publisher’s Weekly


Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zayna styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab. Written in sprightly rhyme and illustrated by a talented newcomer, Under My Hijab honors the diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, their love for each other, and their pride in their culture and faith.

Written by: Hena Khan, author of Golden Domes and Silver LanternsIt's Ramadan, Curious George; and Amina's Voice.

Published by: Lee & Low Books

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“[A] warm-hearted tribute to beauty and diversity in self-expression.”

- Foreword Reviews

“A timely story that breaks down many stereotypes and negative feelings about hijabs.”

- ★ School Library Journal

Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about the settings and situations of hijab.

- Kirkus Reviews

Their matter-of-fact approach accomplishes what it sets out to do: celebrate the diversity and autonomy of contemporary Muslim women.

- Publisher’s Weekly

“Cheerful, colorful images complement the affirming tone and message of this timely book.”

- Booklist

Coming Soon:

MARYAM MIRZAKHANI, MATHEMATICIAN (2021) written by Megan Reid, Published by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

HANNAH AND THE RAMADAN GIFT (2021) written by Qasim Rashid, Published by Penguin Random House/Viking Children’s Books