The Ummah Reads RoundUp: Express Edition

Assalamu ‘alyakum (peace be upon you)

Just popping in to the blog to post what I’ve come across recently.

Great Review of book for Muslim girls

image via jannahjewels.com

Some time ago I mentioned  the Jannah Jewels series. A few days ago I read a description of why one parent loves the first book in the series. “Perfect for a young Muslim girl to lose herself in, imagining herself as a powerful young Muslima like the Jannah Jewels.” [source]

The book is titled Treasure of Timbuktu and is authored by Umm Nura.

Read more of this review here. Visit the Jannah Jewels website for more information about the author and her books.

Bilingual Islamic Children’s Books – English/Spanish

If you are looking for Islamic books in Spanish for your children then check out the books from Hablamos Islam Ninos. They books are produced by a husband and wife team and feature simple faceless illustrations.

Read an article in The Muslim Link newspaper that describes the reasons why this family began publishing these bilingual books for Muslims in the U.S.

Summer Reading Programmes

If you live in the U.S. check out this post over at American Muslim Mom that lists some free summer reading programmes.

Quick update

I am sure those who visit this page or receive RSS feeds and email updates have noticed that it has been quiet around here lately. A few projects have been keeping me away from the blog these past two weeks or so. But I have been able to update news related things on Twitter and post to the Ummah Reads page on Facebook since it doesn’t take me a lot of time.

So if you’re on either Twitter or Facebook please join me there and you’ll get to find out links to my recent finds (e.g. books), literacy and related news.

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What’s Happening in October

At the beginning of each month I try to let you know what will be happening on the blog . So for the month of October you can look forward to the following, inshaAllah (Allah Willing):

  • An interview with an author of many wonderful children’s books. Check out interviews I’ve done with other authors in the past here.
  • Reviews of books that I’m currently reading including Burning Boats (a novel for teenagers) and The Perfect Gift ( a picture book); both wonderful pieces of Islamic Fiction for two different age groups.
  • And of course, links to news, articles and other information related to books for Muslim children and teens, literacy and libraries.

I’ll be working on a few projects starting in October and continuing into November. As a result I’m going to schedule some reviews and articles to be published while I’m away. I’ll be checking my email off and on so I’ll get your messages and comments but I may not be able to approve or reply right away.

Just a quick reminder that this blog now has a page on Facebook. I post links to interesting news, articles and other information related to Islamic books for children and teens and literacy. So if you’re on Facebook please like and join the UmmahReads page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/UmmahReads/150633018300453 

Or if you’re on Twitter, then you can follow my tweets for this blog by following http://twitter.com/UmmahReads

Happy Reading!

~Saara

Editor, UmmahReads

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