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…

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…

Autism and the Somali Community

  By: Sirad Shirdon Note: This was an article I wrote for a Somali news site in 2010. The issue of Autism is perhaps more pertinent than ever now, so I thought it would be useful to post here. Since 2010, I have worked extensively with Somali families impacted by Autism in Ohio and Minnesota.…

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.…