Recent Finds

Over the past few weeks I’ve found a set of books and a magazine for Muslim children that look very interesting. I haven’t actually read any of these but I am hoping that when I contact the publishers maybe they send me a sample or two.

Firstly, I found these little books that teach young children various daily dua. The books are actually stories, told in rhyme. These look good for home and school  (kindergarten and early elementary level). Check out Mini Mumin books at: http://www.mini-mumin.com/

Secondly, I’ve been seeing lots of great comments online about a new magazine for children coming out of the United Kingdom. Little Explorers magazine appears to be a professionally done magazine. There is not much on the website and I’m not sure if it’s available outside the U.K. Have a look at http://littleexplorersmagazine.co.uk/

If you know any of these products then please share your impressions of them in the comments below (or you can email me instead if you don’t want your comments showing up here – use the contact form or email muslimkidsbooks @ gmail . com). Have fun checking out these new products.

 

Interview with Editor of Muslim American Girls Magazine

I am proud to present the first interview to be hosted on the Guide to Muslim Children’s Books and Media.  Last month I posted a review of the Muslim American Girls MAGazine, a magazine for Muslim girls 8-16. Today I share my interview with its Editor.       

      

Assalamu ‘alaykum Shabnam. I have been reading about your dedication and focus in preparing a magazine for Muslim girls and young women like yourself. I must say it is very impressive. Masha’Allah. I would like you to share some of your thoughts with us today as I ask you some questions.               

Cover of March/April 2010 issue of the Muslim American Girls Magazine

 

       

Why did you start the Muslim American Girls MAGazine?            

I started the MAGazine because there was nothing to read that was particularly for Muslim girls at the time. I loved reading magazines, and I wanted one that I could relate to. So I made my own!            

               

     

     

What are three words you can use to describe yourself?             

Smart, kind, and friendly. I am a straight-A student, I am nice to people, and I love to make friends!             

             

What are some of the challenges you have faced in starting and publishing this magazine? How did you deal with them?            

The biggest challenge was getting the word spread about my magazine. In the first year or so, it felt like no one was reading my magazine, and I was just putting random articles on the Internet. Then I started emailing Muslim businesses and telling them my story. Today, there are a few articles published in magazines and websites about MAG.             

Another challenge was getting people to contribute. Once I almost quit making the magazine because I felt no one was reading and no one was contributing. But now I have an editorial board and lots of eager Muslim girls who are helping create the magazine!             

               

What has the response to the online version of the magazine been like? How is it different to what you were producing before?              

The response has been great! Subscription inquiries are received every day. Readers have really liked it. Before, an issue had around six articles, all on the same web page. The articles had few pictures and sometimes were hard to read. Now, since MAG is in a “magazine” format, it is easier to read and enjoy!             

               

Can readers access past issues of the magazine? How?             

If readers would like to access past issues, they can contact me at muslimag@gmail.com. I will send them links to the past issues. I am also planning on making an online booklet with all of the past issues put into one.            

Contents Page of March/April 2010 Issue of the MAGazine

 

 

             

 

        

 

        

 

        

 

         

  
What are some of the topics to be covered in your magazine in the upcoming months?

I can only say what will be coming in the May/June issue right now. Topics will include: stress management, animal testing, writing opportunities, and an interview with an influential Muslimah!            

           

What are some of the ways in which girls and young women make a contribution to the magazine?
 
Anyone can contribute anything to MAG! They can submit fiction and true stories, informational articles, poetry, artwork, photography, reviews, interviews, and much more! To see all of the things that you can contribute, please visit our website, muslimamericangirls.com.              

           

What advice can you give to any young person trying to do something like you have been doing?              

Stick with it! Don’t give up! I actually did for a few months in 2007-2008. Now I realize how much I would have lost if I had stopped publishing issues right then. Also, don’t let anything hold you back. Some have said that I am too young and I can’t handle all of the work. But I ignored them and kept going. Look where I am now! You can have your dream come true, too!              

       

Thank you for your time Shabnam. May Allah reward you for your excellent work and efforts.

Muslim American Girls Magazine [Magazine Review]

Very recently I came across the Muslim American Girls Magazine and I was quite impressed with the content and layout of it. It is an online magazine geared toward girls and young women up to age 16. The website contains excerpts from articles in the magazine and information about how the magazine began. To read the magazine you have to subscribe to it by sending an email to the editor (subscription is free).

The magazine’s founder and editor is a young woman in the United States who started the writing articles when she was only ten years of age. For several years she published monthly issues online but this is the first “magazines format” being issued. According to the editor, “the goal of the magazine is to promote reading and writing among Muslim girls.” In addition, she writes that “Muslim girls have a fun, informative and halal magazine to read.”

The March/April issue is filled with everything that would appeal to a preteen and teenage girl (maybe because many of the contributors are themselves preteens and teens). The features and columns range from recipes and crafts to book reviews and a page for fashions. Readers are shown how to live an Islamic life by being conscious of those less well off than themselves, by learning the fears and hopes of someone adopting the hijab for the first time and through various inspirational Islamic quotes. Also included are a beauty/health column, a fun corner (with riddles and challenges) and information on adopting a hobby. These are all interspersed with beautiful photography and poetry. This magazine is not only professionally done but it is relevant and eye-catching.

Talking Points: Young girls may find reassurance in reading about the views and experiences of others like themselves in this magazine. Schools can benefit from a subscription to this magazine in the classroom or library and use the ideas as a starting point for discussions and to encourage writing projects among their students (which could then be submitted to the magazine for publication).

Now what I would like to see is a magazine for Muslim boys and teens! Anyone up to the challenge? Anyone knows of such a magazine?