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Bilal cooks daal

Saeed, Aisha

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done.

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Like the moon loves the sky

Khan, Hena

Illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran celebrate a mother's love and hopes for her child.

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Saffron ice cream

Kheiriyeh, Rashin

Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home--but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat.

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Sitti’s secrets

Nye, Naomi Shihab

A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.

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The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale From Tehran

Jahanforuz, Rita

After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but her lazy and unkind stepsister, Nargues, suffers a less pleasant fate in this adaptation of the Grimm's fairy tale, Mother Hulda, reset in Tehran, Iran.

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The jasmine sneeze

Kaadan, Nadine

Haroun, the cat, likes nothing better than to spend his days sleeping in the sunlit courtyards of Damascus. But one thing always ruins his sleep: jasmine! Haroun can't stand the sweet-scented flowers. Their pollen sends him into fits of sneezes! So one day, Haroun hatches a plan to fix the problem. But little does he know that in doing so he deeply angers the Jasmine Spirit who plans her revenge in her own crafty and hilarious way.

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The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi
The little black fish

Bihrangī, Ṣamad

In spite of various warnings the little black fish still wanted to see what was at the end of his stream.

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The Sandwich Swap

Rania, Queen, consort of Abdullah II, King of Jordan, 1970-

Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.

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The storyteller of Damascus

Schami, Rafik

An old storyteller travels the streets of Damascus with a wonder chest full of images to delight children, but as time passes, the images fade and are replaced by glossy advertisements, changing the stories.

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Amina’s Voice

Khan, Hena author.

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.

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Escape from Aleppo

Senzai, N. H.

After Nadia is separated from her family while fleeing the civil war, she spends the next four days with a mysterious old man who helps her navigate the checkpoints and snipers of the rebel, ISIS, and Syrian armies that are littering Aleppo on her way tomeeting her father at the Turkish border.

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Farah rocks fifth grade

Darraj, Susan Muaddi

Fifth-grader Farah Hajjar and her best friend Allie Liu are hoping to go to the Magnet Academy for their middle school years, instead of Harbortown Elementary/Middle School; but when a new girl Dana Denver starts tormenting Farah and her younger brother,Samir, she decides she can not leave Samir to face the bully alone, especially since the adults and even Allie do not seem to be taking the matter seriously--so Farah comes up with a plan, one which involves lying to those closest to her.

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Power forward

Khan, Hena

Fourth-grader Zayd yearns to play basketball on the Gold Team, but when he skips orchestra rehearsal to practice, his parents forbid anything basketball-related, and tryouts are coming soon.

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Abu-Jaber, Diana

Desperate to help her ailing grandmother, Sami consults Sitti's spell book and falls into the magical Silverworld, where she must try to save the enchanted city and, perhaps, Sitti, too.

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The boy at the back of the class

Raúf, Onjali Q

When quiet, nine-year-old Ahmet arrives in their classroom, a boy and his friends fail to draw him out but try a new plan after learning he is a Syrian refugee.

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The green bicycle

Al-Mansour, Haifaa

Since girls do not ride bikes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, eleven year old Wadjda has to scheme to get her own

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The Turtle of Oman

Nye, Naomi Shihab

This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is acclaimed poet and National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye's first novel set in the Middle East since her acclaimed Habibi.

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