I have been working as an Islamic School Librarian (daycare to 8th grade) for a few years now, and started two Book Clubs at the school as well.  I have been reading as many Islamically themed books, books with Muslim characters, books by Muslim authors, and culturally relevant books, as I can get my hands on.  Needless to say I can’t keep them all straight, so I thought if I blog about them, then I can keep my thoughts straight as well as go back and comment on what worked or didn’t work in book club meetings, inshaAllah.  As a former teacher, and lifelong avid reader, I feel strongly in the power of the written word, and with so much negativity around us, I feel that positive messages of  everyday Muslims, could speak volumes to our youth.  Plus this way, I can actually have a place to direct people when they ask if I know of any good Islamic fiction books!

Feel free to offer your opinions on books I feature, and suggest books I should read, inshaAllah our kids can read books that they can identify with and see themselves in, an opportunity many of us didn’t have when we were their age.

Thanks for stopping by, Peace.


UPDATE SUMMER 2016: We have moved to Alabama and with leaving Tennessee I also left my beloved job.  I am planning to keep the blog going as in my heart I will always be suggesting Islamic Fiction to kids looking for themselves in literature, and who knows maybe I’ll get the chance to work in such a capacity again.


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  1. Assalamu alaikum Kirin

    I am Zaynab Dawood and it is good to see my novella ‘Burning Boats’ on your list.

    I hope the students at your school enjoy reading it and I am curious to know what they thought
    of it.

    I live in England with my husband and four children. There is another novella underway but that may take of couple of years to materialize.

    It would good to keep in contact.

    With regards and duas,


    • Jazakhallah kher for writing your story I’m about half way through it and have already ordered a class set of 10 copies, we will probably not get to it until next school year (August or September) and inshaAlalh I will definitely keep you posted with the student’s response. Please keep me posted with your next book.

  2. Salaam, Kirin!

    This is Najiyah Maxfield, author of Sophia’s Journal! How did the book club like it? Where are you located? Maybe we can arrange an author visit.

    I’d like to talk to you about the curriculum guide for SJ. Could you please email me at daybreakpress@rabata.org? JAK!

    • wasalam, the students loved it, subhanAllah, it was mostly middle school girls and they absolutely loved the book. It was fun to watch them blush as they spoke of the courtship and betrayal as if they don’t see so much “more” in their everyday life. It was even more rewarding to listen to them discuss history, and deen, and characters, and their thoughts after reading the book, so thank you. We are in Knoxville, Tennessee. My only suggestion is to PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS 🙂 InshaAllah we will be in touch, jazakhaALlah kher

  3. Salam sis,
    Your blog has been so helpful for us, my cousin who used to work with you in Knoxville shared it with me, and I’m so grateful. I am working with our Islamic school library to update their books and actually make sure they have Islamic books…do you have a list of all the Islamic books you’ve reviewed or used at your school? Know of any comprehensive list anywhere?
    Thank you!

    • Yay, glad to hear. I don’t have a list I wish I did it would have made things easier. I’ve seen a few suggested readings from schools that include Islamic books and books with values appropriate for Muslims, but I didn’t agree with them and thus don’t know where I stashed them. sorry. Plus the rate in which new books keep getting published I find pretty impressive, الحَمْد لله, maybe we can work together on making a leveled list at some point, let me know 💜

  4. Salaam, Kirin!

    This is Najiyah Maxfield, author of Sohia’s Journal and editorial director of Daybreak Press. We’re excited to introduce you to our newest book, Drummer Girl, which just won the Literary Classics Seal of Approval! http://clcreviews.blogspot.com/2017/02/drummer-girl-by-hiba-masood-earns.html

    We’re organizing a blog tour and would be thrilled if you’d review Drummer Girl sometime between March 15 and May 15. I’d be happy to send you a digital reviewer’s copy if you’d like, just direct me to the best email address.

    Thanks so much!

    Warmest regards,
    Najiyah Maxfield

  5. Salams, Kirin, and thank you for your kind review of “Umar & the Bully.” As you said, I wrote it ages ago, and was really moved and surprised when I discovered that anti-bullying programs were using it. Then I found your review from last year too. Thank you!

  6. Thank you so much for the work that you put into this blog! I am currently homeschooling my 2nd grade son, and we are studying the medieval time period. I have found many picture books about medieval Europe, but I am struggling to find books about this time period that focus on the Arabic and Muslim perspective. Would you happen to have any recommendations? Many thanks!

  7. Salaam, just stumbled across your blog through Instagram and I’m so glad I have! My children are still very young but I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting books and collecting books for their library from now, and love your detailed reviews, such an invaluable resource masha’Allah!

  8. Asalamu Alaykum Sister,

    I love your blog and I always go on it to read your book reviews. We just started a girls youth group and I would really appreciate any book recommendations you would have for; 1- high school aged girls, 2- middle school aged girls and 3- Any book that is appropriate and relatable to both middle and high school students.

    Excited to hear back from you in sha Allah.
    Jazakum Allahu Khayran,


    • salams, the best recommendation would be to use the search feature and put in words like “middle school” and “high school” I can honestly tell you high school books are mostly romance, I think She Wore Red Sneakers and An Acquaintance could work, as they are fairly clean, Saints and Misfits is really good, but you would have to base it off knowing your audience. I often have a hard time because US required reading in high school often involves concepts of rape, and adultry but somehow when it is a book of my choosing I get a bit nervous. Watched by Marino Budhos could work and with a grain of salt any of the Randa Abdel Fatteh books. For middle school, there are a lot more options, Magnus Chase, The Gauntlet, The Great Race to Sycamore Street, Burning Boats, The Treasure at Bayan Bluff (aka The Moon of Masarah), Brave (a graphic novel), Wishtree, Overboard, Beneath my mother’s feet. For both if you are in the US (it involves US history) Sophia’s Journal is one of my favorites, When Wings Expand, The Istanbul Intrigue, any of the Senzai books. I know there are too many, lol, but scroll the blog and inshaAllah you will find something that works. Happy reading!

  9. Salam. I just wanted to drop a note and say I absolutely love this blog- it is a treasure trove of information mashaAllah and may Allah reward you for your efforts! I’m based in England and this blog has helped me keep abreast of publications from North America. What would you suggest for a boys/girls book club of 8-12 year olds? Many thanks and carry on with your reviews please!


    • Wasalam thank you for your kind words. Off the top of my head for Muslim kids Id suggest Treasure at Bayan Bluff, Great Race to Sycamore Street, Refugee, The Muslims, the gauntlet, shooting Kabul, just a drop of water, tale of highly unusual magic….

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