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By Kat La Mantia | March 13 2023 | AllGiftBlogAdultsChildren'sGeneral

Celebrate Arab American history and culture this April and every day of the year with books! From children’s books to graphic novels, cookbooks, essays, poetry and more, Arab American authors tell their own stories in their own words on our Arab American Heritage Month title list. See some of our favorites below, including charmingly-illustrated children’s titles like Amira’s Picture Day and Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers, moving poetry in Zeina Hashem Beck’s O, and delicious explorations of culture and food in Arabiyya and Lebanese Cuisine: The Authentic Cookbook.

 

Arab American Heritage Month Titles

Amira's Picture Day
978-0-8234-5126-5
Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can't wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There's just one hiccup: it's also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once? An ALSC Notable Children's Book
$8.99 US
Feb 28, 2023
10 x 10
Paperback
40 Pages
Holiday House
Age 4-8 years

Shubeik Lubeik
978-1-5247-4841-8
A brilliantly original debut graphic novel that imagines a fantastical alternate Cairo where wishes really do come true. Shubeik Lubeik—a fairy tale rhyme that means “your wish is my command” in Arabic—is the story of three people who are navigating a world where wishes are literally for sale. • A Best Book of the Year: The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR
$35.00 US
Jan 10, 2023
7-1/4 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
528 Pages
Pantheon

Arabiyya
Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora [A Cookbook]
978-1-9848-5907-5
A collection of 100 bright, bold recipes influenced by the vibrant flavors and convivial culture of the Arab world, filled with moving personal essays on food, family, and identity mixed with a pinch of California cool, from chef and activist Reem Assil
$35.00 US
Apr 19, 2022
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
304 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Arab Arab All Year Long!
978-1-5362-1395-9
Celebrate the beauty and diversity of life in the Arab diaspora throughout the year.Wrapping grape leaves, playing doumbek, drawing henna tattoos,we’re Arab, Arab, Arab, the whole year through!Yallah! From January to December, join some busy kids as they partake in traditions old and new. There’s so much to do, whether it’s learning to write Arabic or looking at hijab fashion sites while planning costumes for a local comic convention. With details as vivid as the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle perfume (made to remind Mom of Morocco), children bond with friends, honor tradition, and spend loving time with family. Accompanied by buoyant and charming illustrations, this portrait of Arab life and childhood zeal is sure to bring joy all year round. Back matter includes an extensive glossary and notes to enrich the experience for readers of any culture.
$18.99 US
Jun 14, 2022
9-7/16 x 9-1/16
Hardcover
40 Pages
Candlewick
Age 3-7 years

It Won't Always Be Like This
A Graphic Memoir
978-1-9848-6029-3
An intimate graphic memoir about an American girl growing up with her Egyptian father's new family, forging unexpected bonds and navigating adolescence in an unfamiliar country—from the award-winning author of I Was Their American Dream.
$19.99 US
Sep 20, 2022
6-1/2 x 9
Paperback
224 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

Lebanese Cuisine
The Authentic Cookbook
978-0-7440-5449-1
The first proper Lebanese cookbook on the market! Fresh, flavorful, and healthy ingredients, prepared the right way!
$32.00 US
Jul 26, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
272 Pages
DK

Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers
978-1-66265-064-2
A courageous girl follows her dream of learning to fly in this beautifully illustrated story inspired by formerly imprisoned human rights activist Loujain AlHathloul, perfect for Malala’s Magic Pencil fans. 
$18.99 US
Mar 01, 2022
11-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
minedition
Age 4-8 years

O
978-0-14-313689-7
“O is so full of music and passion for life . . . Zeina Hashem Beck’s poems unfold the abundance of our world.” —Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic From a "brilliant, absolutely essential voice" whose "poems feel like whole worlds" (Naomi Shihab Nye), a poetry collection considering the body physical, the body politic, and the body sacred
$20.00 US
Jul 05, 2022
6 x 9
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Books

Bayrut: The Cookbook
Recipes from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen
978-1-925811-69-8
A stunning, authentic, and evocative cookbook on the food of Beirut - heart of the Lebanon.
$35.00 US
Oct 19, 2021
8 x 10
Hardcover
224 Pages
Smith Street Books

Deep in the Sahara
978-0-525-64566-5
"Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
$8.99 US
May 01, 2018
10 x 10
Paperback
40 Pages
Dragonfly Books
Age 4-8 years

Man o' War
978-0-593-35370-7
An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans swimmer fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town.
$18.99 US
May 31, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
336 Pages
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Age 14 and up

Our Women on the Ground
Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World
978-0-14-313341-4
19 Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour
$17.00 US
Aug 06, 2019
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
304 Pages
Penguin Books

Eid al-Fitr Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
978-0-593-09402-0
This year, celebrate Eid al-Fitr with your family, some sweet TYPE OF FOOD, and Mad Libs!
$5.99 US
Mar 01, 2022
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years

Nayra and the Djinn
978-0-593-11712-5
In this coming-of-age graphic novel with a fantastical twist, Nayra Mansour, a Muslim American girl attending a New England boarding school, is helped on her journey to selfhood by a djinn (genie).
$13.99 US
Feb 28, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
256 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 10 and up

The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman
The Arabic Epic of Dhat al-Himma
978-0-14-313426-8
Published in English for the first time: the only Arabic epic named for a woman, recounting the thrilling adventures of a legendary medieval warrior universally known throughout the Middle East and long overdue to join world literature's pantheon of female heroesA Penguin Classic
$16.00 US
Aug 03, 2021
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
208 Pages
Penguin Classics