~Amina Chaudri, "Books and Authors: Talking With Zareen Jaffrey"
We are very interested to check out books from this new imprint! Zareen Jaffrey, the executive editor of Salaam Reads, is interested in sharing the "richness of diversity within the Muslim community that is rarely seen in pop culture," but via stories - books from this imprint "will not contain Islamic education as they’re not a vehicle for teaching Islam; the only requirement for the books on this list is that they have a Muslim main character." There will be about nine releases a year, ranging from picture books to young adult fiction. As Simon & Schuster put it in their press release announcing Salaam Reads, "Children’s books are a fantastic way to get to know our local and global Muslim neighbors." We couldn't agree more, and hope you will take advantage of the new titles in the system, as well as some other Muslim-themed reads recommended by Jaffrey and by library staff.
Salaam Reads Titles
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
Related Materials - Picture Books & Juvenile Fiction
Dear Malala, We Stand With You by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia
Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour
Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq - Inspired By a True Story by Mark Alan Stamaty