Here’s an excerpt of one of the nursery rhymes included in the book:
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The first day if school can be terrifying for any child so just imagine how scary it can be for a child that has recently migrated from another country where the language, culture and day to day life may be completely different from what she/he is used to. Sameerah’s Hijab and the First Day of School is about a migrant child who has moved to the U.S. with her parents, and the story illustrates how understanding and compassion can not only make the transition of a child into a new culture easier on that child, but how it can also build bridges and form friendships. Sameerah’s Hijab and the First Day of School is available for purchase on Amazon.com and you can get the companion coloring book, Sameerah and Hannah Coloring pages, on Amazon as well!
It’s that time of year again! Back to school and back to the books! Like I tell the little ones (and the not so little ones) in my family: reading doesn’t always have to be only for school. Reading can be fun and educational at the same time, and the best way to develop good reading habits is to start early. Share our children’s books with the kids in your life and get them started! All of our titles are available on Amazon.com or you can email me at email@example.com for direct orders.
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📚🕌🌙It’s almost that time of year again! For Ramadan coloring fun email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a free printable of our coloring books or purchase copies of My Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Coloring Book and Ramadan Rhymes on Amazon.com! 🕌🌙📚
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You Are Beautiful is one of the first Islamic story books published here at Mindworks. Written by Author Robyn Abdusamad, the book introduces the characters Zaynab and Zakiyyah, two sisters who experience their first encounter with racial prejudice and who are saddened by what they hear. Throughout the course of the story they realize the beauty of ethnic diversity, community and true friendship. This book highlights the importance of countering ignorance with knowledge and kindness. In honor of Black History Month, we share this book with you and hope that you will share it with the ones you care about!
An excerpt from You Are Beautiful:
The next day, Zaynab and Zakiyyah were sitting on their porch when their friends, Adam, Yasu and Kelly joined them.
They exchanged greetings and Adam said, “I’m sorry for what I said yesterday about African-American people. I told my parents what I said and they told me that it wasn’t nice for me to say that to my friends.”
“It is okay,” Zaynab replied. “There’s nothing wrong with talking about our differences.”
“Yeah,” Yasu agreed, “We can all learn and grow from our differences.”
“That’s true, Yasu,” Zakiyyah responded. “God created a rainbow of people and He loves all of us equally.”
As the children continued their talk on the porch, Grandma Ernestine, an elderly lady from the neighborhood who was often peeping out of her window to keep an eye on the children, decided to join them.
“My beautiful children, I have enjoyed listening to your conversation. You are so wise at such young ages,” she said.
“There is a history of African-American people having been treated unfairly in this society, and this continues today, but African American people are beautiful just like people of any other race.”
Grandma Ernestine continued, “African- American people have a very rich heritage. Some of our ancestors were kings and queens.”
Yasu eagerly stated, “Yes, like King Mansa Musa and Queen Amina.”
“Yes,” Grandma Ernestine replied and nodded. “African Americans have also made major contributions to this society.”
Kelly politely interrupted to insert, “Like the creation of refrigeration systems, traffic lights, clocks and many other household appliances.”
“Yes,” Grandma Ernestine chuckled in agreement.
“I think the important thing is to embrace who you are and to get to know and understand others too,” Yasu declared.
“That is it,” Grandma Ernestine replied as she left the children to go for a walk.
“You know what would be cool?” Adam suggested as the others listened with anticipation. “We should have a family dinner with all of our families together.”
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A Quranic Odyssey is the first book in the Quranic Odyssey series by Author Umm Muhemmed and our very first publication in the Islamic chapter books genre at Mindworks Publishing. The story centers around Ibrahim and Amna, age five and two, as they embark on a journey of hifdh (Quranic memorization) with their parents, Khadija and Abdurrahman. Emphasis on love for the Quran is a central theme and it is presented in a thoughtful manner that brings the learning and understanding of the meanings of the Quran to life in the most unexpected ways. We learn about courage and patience as we get to know this young family while experiencing the “living” aspects of the Quran in their day to day challenges and joys.
The second book in the series, Ya Seen: a hifdh journey in America, continues their story but now the children are a little older. Both books are a perfect companion for any family’s hifdh journey, especially during the month of Ramadan. The books are also a great resource for anyone seeking to get a glimpse of life for a contemporary Islamic family living in the West.
Islamic Nursery Rhymes is the top seller of all of our Mindworks Publishing books. Children and parents alike can delight in these beautifully crafted Islamic nursery rhymes with ease as they are designed to follow many of the familiar melodies of nursery rhymes that many of us parents grew up listening to.
The rhymes in the book are traditional nursery rhymes reworded with timeless Islamic meaning. For example, ‘Oranges and Lemons’ is an historical rhyme about ringing the bells of East London churches – and the version here, entitled ‘Assalam Alaykum’, is about mosques in East London spreading salaam (peace) and news of prayer time.
The illustrations by Fatimah De Vaux Davies are attractive and highly detailed to delight children and engage their interest in the actions of practicing Muslims. One illustration depicts Muslims gathering around a large Qur’an that is spilling out light. In another, Muslims are performing ritual prayers upon the earth, while boats sail, and airplanes and rockets fly.
These beautiful Islamic nursery rhymes can be used as remembrance of Allah and as a resource for developing pre-recitation skills before reading the Qur’an. An example of one of the rhymes is provided below and you can listen to author Elizabeth Lymer singing it and others here on her YouTube Channel.
Spring is here! This time of year always reminds me of trips to the public library and enjoying a new book!
A lot of people utilize the spring weather for getting back on track with their exercise regimens, but did you know that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body? Science has proven that reading can improve concentration, improve your memory and reduce stress?
And most significantly, one of the first commands to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was to read!
Pick up a book today, or give the gift of reading to someone! We hope you’ll consider and recommend our books in your efforts!
Peace and blessings to you!
Elizabeth Lymer was one of the first authors to publish with us at Mindworks but she has since branched out to publish more titles on her own. She writes almost every day, and frequently enjoys reading, singing, and storytelling with her young children.
Her writing centers around young Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and global citizen readership who are interested in fun ways to engage with Abrahamic faiths.
The books that she has published with Mindworks Publishing are:
And her additional titles include:
Author Umm Muhemmed is the writer of the A Quranic Odyssey Islamic chapter book series about brother and sister Ibrahim and Amna and their learning adventures with their mother Khadija.
Book One, A Quranic Odyssey, Towards Juz ‘Amma, introduces us to the adorable duo, Ibrahim and Amna, as they embark upon their journey of Quranic memorization (hifdh) while book two, Ya Seen: a hifdh journey in America, continues a year later during the month of Ramadan as they work at memorizing Surah Ya Seen.
Umm Muhemmed is an American born development economist. Her entry into hifdh al Quran dates to 2010 under the tutelage of Hafidha Rayhaanah. It is an ongoing pursuit, together with her two children, and one which she seeks to share via the Quranic Odyssey Series with Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Her hope and prayer is that the story will be a vehicle of learning and peace for parents, children, and teachers as well.