Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Children's Books about the Middle East

Biography & Informational PK-3
Abouraya, Karen Leggett. (2012). Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books. Illustrated by  Susan L. Roth. New York: Dial.
Aliki. (1985). Mummies Made in Egypt. New York: HarperCollins.
Khan, Hena. (2012). Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors. Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
Demi. (2013). Tutankhamen. Tarrytown, NY: Two Lions.
Milton, Joyce. (2000). Hieroglyphs. Illustrated by Charles Micucci. New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
Navarro, Dominique & Richard Hoath. (2013). Egypt's Flora and Fauna: An AUC Press Nature Foldout. Cairo: American University in Cairo.
Navarro, Dominique & Matthew Lammana. (2013). Egypt's Prehistoric Fauna: An AUC Press Nature Foldout. Cairo: American University in Cairo.
Navarro, Dominique &John Wyatt. (2013). Birds of the Nile Valley: An AUC Press Nature Foldout. Cairo: American University in Cairo.
Navarro, Dominique & Salima Ikram. (2013). Ancient Egypt's Wildlife: An AUC Press Nature Foldout. Cairo: American University in Cairo.
Sabuda, Robert (1997). Tutankhamen's Gift.  New York: Aladdin.

Winter, Jeanette. (2005). The Librarian of Basra. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.

Biography & Informational Grade 4+
Ellis, Deborah. (2010). Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees. Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books.
Ellis, Deborah. (2006). Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children SpeakToronto, ON: Groundwood Books.
Filipovic, Zlata. (2006). Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq. New York: Penguin Books.
Hart, Georgia. (2008).  DK: Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt. New York: DK Publishing.
Maydell, Natalie and Sep Riahi. (2007). Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World. Paintings by Heba Amin. Lancaster, PA: Global Content Ventures.
Macaulay, David. (1982). Pyramid. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
Stanley, Diane. (2002). Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam. New York: HarperCollins.
Stanley, Diane. (1997). Cleopatra. Illustrated by Peter Vennema. New York: HarperCollins.
Steele, Philip. (2007). DK: Eyewitness Books: MesopotamiaNew York: DK Publishing.
Wilkes, Sybella. (2010). Out of Iraq: Refugees' Stories in Words, Paintings and Music. Foreword by Angelina Jolie. London, UK: Evans Brothers.
Morteza Zahedi's illustration from Good Night, Commander
Myths, Traditional Tales, Poetry, and Stories: K-6

Akbarpor, Ahmad. (2005). Good Night, Commander. Illustrated by Morteza Zahedi. Toronto, ON: Groundwood. (Although a picture book, I would recommend it for older children & teens.)
Alrawi, Karim. (2000). The Girl Who Lost Her Smile. Illustrated by Stefan Czernecki. Vancouver, BC: Tradewinds.
Azzoubi, Rana. (2007).  Through a Mud WallRana Azzoubi
Climo, Shirley. (1992). The Egyptian CinderellaIllustrated by Ruth Heller. New York: HarperCollins.
Foster, Karen.  (1999). City of Rainbows: A Tale from Ancient Sumer. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Heide, Florence Parry  and Judith Heide Gilliland. (1995). Day of Ahmed's Secret. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. New York: HarperCollins.
Heide, Florence Parry  and Judith Heide Gilliland. (1992). Sami and the Time of the TroublesIllustrated by Ted Lewin. New York: Clarion.
Henderson, Kathy. (2006). Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War: An Epic Tale From Ancient Iraq.  Illustrated byJane Ray. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
Hickox, Rebecca. (1998). The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story. New York: Greenwillow.
Hughes, Vi. (2001). Aziz the Storyteller.  Illustrated by Stefan Czernecki. Vancouver, BC: Tradewinds.
Khan, Hena. (2008). Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday StoryIllustrated by Julie Paschkis. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
Khan, Rukhsana. (2001). Muslim Child. Illustrated by Patty Gallagher. Toronto, ON: Napoleon Publishing.
from Shahnameh.
Laird, Elizabeth. (2014). Shahnameh. Illustrated by Shrin Adl.  London, UK: Frances Lincoln. (Stories and myths from Iran).
Laird, Elizabeth. (2008). A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq (Folktales from Around the World). Illustrated by Shelley Fowles. London, UK: Frances Lincoln.
Laird, Elizabeth. (2008). Kiss the Dust. New York: MacMillan.
Logan, Claudia. (2002). The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Lumbard, Alexis York. (2012). The Conference of the Birds. Illustrated by Demi. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales.

MacDonald, Read.(2012). Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!: A Palestinian Tale. Illustrated by Alik Arzoumanian. Las Vegas, NV: Two Lions.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. (2003). Gilgamesh, The Hero. Illustrated by David Parkins. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans.
McDermont, Mustafa Yusuf. (2009). Muslim Nursery RhymesLeicestershire, UK: The Islamic Foundation.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. (2002). The Flag of Childhood: Poems From the Middle East. New York: Aladdin.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. (1997). Sitti's SecretsIllustrated by Nancy Carpenter. New York: Aladdin.

Robert, Na'ima. (2009). Ramadan Moon. Illustrated by Shirin Adl. London: Frances Lincoln.

Rumford, James. (2004). Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354. New York: HMH Books.
Rumford, James. (2003). Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphics. New York: HMH Books. 
Sands, Emily & Duglad Steer. (2004). Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris. Illustrated by Nijk Harris and Helen Ward. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Tarnowska, Wafa’. (2000). The Seven Wise Princesses: A Medieval Persian Epic. Illustrated by Nilesh Mistry. Barefoot.
Wharnsby, Dawud. (2014). A Whisper of Peace. Illustrated by Shireen Adams. Leicestershire, UK: The Islamic Foundation.
Wharnsby, Dawud. (2013). Colours of Islam. Illustrated by Shireen Adams. Leicestershire, UK: The Islamic Foundation.
Wharnsby, Dawud. (2011). A Picnic of Poems: In Allah's Green Garden. Illustrated by Shireen Adams.  Leicestershire, UK: The Islamic Foundation.Williams, Marcia. (2013). Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Zeman, Ludmila. (1998). Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy).  Toronto, ON: Tundra Books.
Zeman, Ludmila. (1998). The Revenge of Ishtar (The Gilgamesh Trilogy)Toronto, ON: Tundra Books.
Zeman, Ludmila. (1998). The Last Quest of Gilgamesh (The Gilgamesh Trilogy). Toronto, ON: Tundra Books.

Poetry/Memoir/Novels (Grades 7-12)

Abdel-fattah, Randa. (2010). Where The Streets Had A Name. New York: Scholastic.
Alareer, Refaat (ed). (2014). Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine. Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books. (Teens/Adults)

Barakat, Ibtisam. (2007). Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Carmi, Daniella. (2000). Samir and YonatanTranslated by Yael Lotan. New York: Arthur A. Levine.
Clinton, Cathryn. (2010). A Stone in My Hand. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Hicyilmaz, Gaye. (1992). Against the StormNew York: Little, Brown.
Laird, Elizabeth. (2008). Oranges in No Man's LandLondon, UK: Haymarket Books.
Laird, Elizabeth. (2006). A Little Piece of Ground. London, UK: Haymarket Books.
Levine, Ana. (2009). FreefallNew York: Greenwillow.
Marsden, Carolyn. (2012). The White Zone. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books
Nye, Naomi Shihab. (2008). Habibi. New York: Simon Pulse.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. (2002). 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. New York: Greenwillow.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. (1998). The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East.  New York: Simon & Schuster.
Powers, Kevin. (2012). The Yellow Birds: A Novel. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
Satrapi, Marjane. (2007). The Complete Persepolis. New York: Parthenon.
Stamaty, Mark Alan. (2012). Alia's Mission. New York: Dragonfly Books.
Zenatti, Valerie. (2008). A Bottle in the Gaza SeaNew York: Bloomsbury.
Zenatti, Valerie. (2007). When I was a SoldierNew York: Bloomsbury.

Graphic Novels/Texts (Late High School/Adult)

Delise, Guy. (2012). Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. Translated by Helge Dascher. Montreal, QC: Drawn and Quarterly.
Guibert, Emmanuel. The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders. New York: First Second.
Pekar,Harvey. (2012). Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me. Illustrated by J.T. Waldman. Epilogue by Joyce Brabner. New York: Hill and Wang.
Sacco, Joe. (2010). Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel. New York: Metropolitan.

Sacco, Joe. (2001). Palestine. Introduction by Edward Said. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics.

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