Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. Besides pursuing a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern. Karuna is fond of tea, Korean […]
Paperback, 24 pages
Published by Mantra Records
I don’t suppose I need to say how important it is at this point in time to talk about Muslim books and people but I will anyway. Everything that is happening across the border is concerning and I don’t think I can overstate the importance of diverse books that do not vilify or Otherwise Muslims and other minorities.
The Swirling Hijaab is very much like a child playing with a box.
What I mean is that a little girl playing with her mother’s hijaab goes flying into imaginary adventures where her mother’s hijaab is the one constant even as it transforms from one thing to another. It becomes a fort to hide inside, a ship’s sails flapping in the air, a comforter, a bedouin tent and so much more. It imparts the comfort and security of a mother even when the mother is absent.
The edition I read was bilingual and told in Punjabi and English though I understand it is told in a variety of languages (Arabic and English among others). The illustrations are simple but homey and comforting. As someone whose mother does wear the hijaab this book was familiar and imparted a whole lot of love. For people who are not familiar with the hijaab reading this book may give them a different perspective of the practice.
I recommend it.
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Janet I don’t need to say it, do I? I want more protagonists who are disabled, Indigenous, POC, or queer, written by #ownvoices authors. Beyond that, here’s what makes me want to pick up a book. Friendship. Seriously, well-developed friendships where both/all […]
[The Jumbies #2] Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious […]
NOTE: This is a re-post of an article I wrote for Book Riot that ran on March 23, 2017. As a kid in Hyderabad, my trips to Walden Books were a lot like my trips to bookstores now as an adult in Toronto: I went in primarily for something fun and tended to leave with something gory, […]
Board Book, 22 pages Published March 7th 2017 by Abrams Appleseed Source: Publisher These are books I received unsolicited and decided to highlight them because they are awesome. I don’t have enough time to give them individual reviews so here are two flyaway reviews: Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian by Brian Briggs Super cute. Super […]
Women’s History Month might be over, but I’m a firm believer in including stories with strong female characters in your regular reading rotation throughout the year, whether you’re reading with young girls or boys. Whenever I highlight picture books with female protagonists, people inevitably respond by telling me that they can’t wait to share them […]
… There once was a time when the Chinese could just make up stories and write them down. They didn’t have to be afraid of enemies attacking. They could make gardens instead of forts. They could walk out at night without any weapons and look up at stars. Master Chen calls it “peace.” It is […]
Hardcover, 32 pages Published February 16th 2016 by Enchanted Lion Books Source: Library Story time! As a child growing up in Fiji, death was pretty normal to me. People grow old and people die. Sometimes people skip the growing old part and die. I had been to many funerals before I even turned fifteen. And […]
Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday–from The Broke And The Bookish–and it’s pretty much what it says on the tin. ^_^ Yash The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter: Reading this in class was a revelation. My entire brain was all, “PEOPLE CAN DO THIS?! THESE ARE SO CREEPY AND GREAT!?!” A History of Glitter and […]
Hardcover, 32 pages Published February 28th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher A Cat Named Swan is designed to tug at your heartstrings and tug at your heartstrings it will. I mean, unless you have a stone heart there is pretty much no way you can resist a picturebook about a […]