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.

Kirin

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,

    Zaynab.

    • 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.
      Peace
      Kirin

  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
      Kirin

  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
    daybreakpress.rabata.org

  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!

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