We are living in a time when people may be quick to judge and find fear in anything that may seem “different.”
But we, as educators, can’t help students resolve those feelings without having the courage to hold honest conversations with them about those thoughts.
Research shows that picture books have the power to help readers make meaning of the world around them, deepen understanding, and foster empathy.
Luckily, Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali just published The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, which can serve as a vehicle to get those conversations going. The book explicitly tackles other people’s discomfort with hijab and ends with a message of pride and hope. It’s a great read aloud for students of all ages.
Authors: Ibtihaj Muhammad; S.K. Ali
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Yours in Literacy,