cover image Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

Saira Mir, illus. by Aaliya Jaleel. Salaam Reads, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-5344-1888-2

This galvanizing compendium highlights an eclectic array of notable 21st-century Muslim women, among them author Ilyasah Shabazz, activist Linda Sarsour, and comedian Negin Farsad. Geared toward Muslim girls—“People may tell you that you can’t do something because of the way you look, dress, or pray”—the stories of 19 change makers each receive a dedicated spread. Jaleel’s crisp, colorful, digitally rendered illustrations show each woman in her element—teaching, signing books—alongside text explaining her achievements and an inspirational quote. Told in broad, accessible strokes, ending lines (“Amanda believes food can be a path to peace”; “Hibah literally reaches for the stars”) connect the figures’ work with its high-level impact. Ages 6–up. [em](Oct.) [/em]