BOOK REVIEW #5: Through My Eyes

We are back with another book review, this time of Tammy Wilson’s Through My Eyes. Along with being a first time author, Tammy Wilson is a school principal at Discovery Elementary school in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The inspiration for writing the book arose following Tammy’s realization that there were no books in her school library…

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BOOK REVIEW #4: BismiAllah Soup

Book Review #4: BismiAllah Soup Author: Asmaa Hussein Illustrator: Amina Khan Publisher: Ruqaya’s Bookshelf We are excited to share our review of BismiAllah Soup, a wonderful contribution to multicultural children’s books featuring Somali and Muslim characters. BismiAllah Soup is the latest offering of children’s author Asmaa Hussein, whose other books have included Yasmine’s Belly Button, and The Forever Tree. Asmaa foray…

BOOK REVIEW #2: Going to Mecca

Book Review #2: Going to Mecca Author: Na’ima B. Robert Illustrator: Valentina Cavallini Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books     At the Somali Literacy Project, one of our goals is to find children’s books which are culturally responsive to the literary needs of Somali children. With that said, we were delighted to find Going to…

BOOK REVIEW #1: The Lion’s Share

Book Review #1: Qayb Libaax (The Lion’s Share) Author: Said Salah Ahmed Illustrator: Kelly Dupre Publisher: Minnesota Humanities Commision Qayb Libaax (The Lion’s Share) is a storybook rendition of a popular folktale in Somali culture. The book is one of four, published as a part of the Somali Bilingual Book Project of the Minnesota Humanities Commission.…