Top Rated Picture Books With Muslim Main Characters [2022]

There are so many wonderful picture books featuring Muslim main characters that aren’t just about Ramadan or Eid. Here is a list of my favorites! Bonus, by purchasing these books or requesting them at your library, you are supporting Muslim authors.

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K.Ali, and Hatem Aly.

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

One Wish by M.O. Yuksel and Mariam Quraishi

Fatima al-Fihri loved to learn. She wanted to know everything, like how birds flew, why the sky was blue, and how flowers grew. But more than anything, she wanted a school for all, where anyone could study and become whatever they wanted, like teachers, scientists, and doctors.

Abdul’s Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Tiffany Rose.

Abdul loves to tell stories. But writing them down is hard. His letters refuse to stay straight and face the right way. And despite all his attempts, his papers often wind up with more eraser smudges than actual words. 

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan

Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in.

Halal Hot Dogs by Susannah Aziz and Parwinder Singh

Musa has the perfect idea for his special Jummah treat, but things don’t go according to plan. Will Musa be able to get a yummy Jummah treat for his family?

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini

Toddler book of shapes and Islamic traditions: From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes-and traditions-of the Muslim world.

Peace and Salam,

Natasha