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Little Leaders meets Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in this gorgeous nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to nineteen powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard. Long ago, Muslim women rode into battle to defend their dreams. They opened doors to the world’s oldest library. They ruled, started movements, and spread knowledge. Today, Little Leaders meets Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in this gorgeous nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to nineteen powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard. Long ago, Muslim women rode into battle to defend their dreams. They opened doors to the world’s oldest library. They ruled, started movements, and spread knowledge. Today, Muslim women continue to make history. Once upon a time, they were children with dreams, just like you. Discover the true stories of nineteen unstoppable Muslim women of the twenty-first century who have risen above challenges, doubts, and sometimes outright hostility to blaze trails in a wide range of fields. Whether it was the culinary arts, fashion, sports, government, science, entertainment, education, or activism, these women never took “no” for an answer or allowed themselves to be silenced. Instead, they worked to rise above and not only achieve their dreams, but become influential leaders. Through short, information-rich biographies and vibrant illustrations, Muslim Girls Rise introduces young readers to the diverse and important contributions Muslim women have made, and role models they may never have heard of before, but whose stories they will never forget.


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Little Leaders meets Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in this gorgeous nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to nineteen powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard. Long ago, Muslim women rode into battle to defend their dreams. They opened doors to the world’s oldest library. They ruled, started movements, and spread knowledge. Today, Little Leaders meets Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in this gorgeous nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to nineteen powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard. Long ago, Muslim women rode into battle to defend their dreams. They opened doors to the world’s oldest library. They ruled, started movements, and spread knowledge. Today, Muslim women continue to make history. Once upon a time, they were children with dreams, just like you. Discover the true stories of nineteen unstoppable Muslim women of the twenty-first century who have risen above challenges, doubts, and sometimes outright hostility to blaze trails in a wide range of fields. Whether it was the culinary arts, fashion, sports, government, science, entertainment, education, or activism, these women never took “no” for an answer or allowed themselves to be silenced. Instead, they worked to rise above and not only achieve their dreams, but become influential leaders. Through short, information-rich biographies and vibrant illustrations, Muslim Girls Rise introduces young readers to the diverse and important contributions Muslim women have made, and role models they may never have heard of before, but whose stories they will never forget.

30 review for Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    This positive book will inspire with inspirational stories of Muslim girls/women who have stood for what they believed in and become role models for everyone - really beautiful art!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    People may tell you that you can’t do something because of the way you look, dress, or pray. Your name may sound different. Never forget that you are extraordinary. You are powerful, brave, and clever. Great things come from people like you. —Saira Mir This nonfiction picture book from Salaam Reads showcases nineteen contemporary Muslim women who are doing extraordinary things. These are the women who are featured: • Amanda Saab is a former cooking competition contestant as well as the founder of People may tell you that you can’t do something because of the way you look, dress, or pray. Your name may sound different. Never forget that you are extraordinary. You are powerful, brave, and clever. Great things come from people like you. —Saira Mir This nonfiction picture book from Salaam Reads showcases nineteen contemporary Muslim women who are doing extraordinary things. These are the women who are featured: • Amanda Saab is a former cooking competition contestant as well as the founder of the Dinner with Your Muslim Neighbor initiative and her own bakery. • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder of the MuslimGirl website. • Hana Tajima is a fashion designer; she has worked with UNIQLO to make clothing for hijabi women. • Dalia Mogahed is a researcher and political advisor. • Hibah Rahmani is a flight control engineer at NASA. • Ibtihaj Muhammad is an Olympic fencer. • Ilhan Omar is a member of the US House of Representatives. • Ilyasah Shabazz is a writer and activist. • Linda Sarsour is an activist and was a leader of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. • Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize; she fights for the education of girls worldwide. • Maria Toorpakai Wazir is a world champion in squash. • Maryam Mirzakhani was the first female mathematician to win the Fields Award—the highest honor in mathematics. • Muzoon Almellehan is a Syrian refugee who spoke about the importance of education at the UN. • Negin Farsad is a comedian. • Nura Afia is a makeup artist and advocate for beauty equality. • Kamala Khan is a superhero! While she is fictional, there are two amazing Muslim women behind her character: G. Willow Wilson is the author behind the comic book series, and Sana Amanat is the artist at Marvel Comics who teamed up with Wilson to create her. • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a filmmaker. • Shirin Ebadi has been a judge and a lawyer, and she was the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Each spread includes an illustration of the featured woman at work, a quote from her, and her story. The stories focus on how the women turned their childhood interests into a way to be their most authentic selves and change the world. The women who are included represent a range of interests and careers across the arts, sports, intellectual pursuits, and activism. Never take no for an answer. If a door hasn’t opened up for you, it’s because you haven’t kicked it hard enough. —Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy A copy of this book belongs in every classroom and library, and while this book is intended for children, I can see it being of interest to people of all ages. As always, links to where you can find the book are on the blog. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Kung

    A book of strength, persistence, and triumph of Muslim Women making history today. These inspirational stories of empowering women; from scientists to fashion designs, and athletes to political activists; accompanied by the beautiful artwork by Aaliya Jaleel is something all girls should read, boys too!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina Soontornvat

    This is a beautiful book that highlights the lives of Muslim women who have made historic achievements and who work to make the world a better place. I was familiar with some of the women profiled, but many of these stories were new to me. The book highlights women in many different fields, including the sciences, sports, and political leaders. I know that girls (and boys, too!) will find so many ways to be inspired by these stories. This would be the perfect place for young students to kick off This is a beautiful book that highlights the lives of Muslim women who have made historic achievements and who work to make the world a better place. I was familiar with some of the women profiled, but many of these stories were new to me. The book highlights women in many different fields, including the sciences, sports, and political leaders. I know that girls (and boys, too!) will find so many ways to be inspired by these stories. This would be the perfect place for young students to kick off a biography or research project.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Barrington

    I love when you read a book, and when complete, you want to know more. Saira Mir presents inspirational snapshots of muslim women who have overcome life obstacles and have created success in all walks of life including science, fashion, and sports. This book serves as a motivational platform for all girls to embrace their future with confidence.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abi Cushman

    This gorgeous picture book introduces readers to nineteen truly inspirational - and diverse - Muslim women. Hailing from countries all around the world, they have found their calling in a vast range of fields, from social justice to competitive sports to the entertainment industry, and more. What I love about the book is how well the author, Saira Mir, describes the somewhat complicated situations surrounding some of the women (e.g. Malala Yousafzai) in a way that's easily digestible by kids. This gorgeous picture book introduces readers to nineteen truly inspirational - and diverse - Muslim women. Hailing from countries all around the world, they have found their calling in a vast range of fields, from social justice to competitive sports to the entertainment industry, and more. What I love about the book is how well the author, Saira Mir, describes the somewhat complicated situations surrounding some of the women (e.g. Malala Yousafzai) in a way that's easily digestible by kids. And the bright, vivid illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel really do illuminate the subjects. Kids from all walks of life will feel empowered to follow their dreams after reading this book. Highly recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Candy Wellins

    What does a NASA flight control engineer, a world chmapion squash player, a Marvel comic creator and a US Representative all have in common? They are all Muslim women. This book features the real-life stories of modern day Muslim girls and women who are breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes and leading incredible lives. Filled with familiar and new faces, this book will teach every reader something new and the biographies are short enough for young readers. This book would make a great What does a NASA flight control engineer, a world chmapion squash player, a Marvel comic creator and a US Representative all have in common? They are all Muslim women. This book features the real-life stories of modern day Muslim girls and women who are breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes and leading incredible lives. Filled with familiar and new faces, this book will teach every reader something new and the biographies are short enough for young readers. This book would make a great addition to any diverse picture book library.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Boxer

    This inspirational collection of true stories will make any child (or grownup!) believe in their power to create meaningful change. The prose is clear and motivational. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Especially relevant in today's political climate, this book highlights unsung heroes making extraordinary contributions that connect us, rather than divide us.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    This is one of those books that give 1 page summary overviews of a variety of "famous" Muslim women, like Malala. It’s a good, brief introduction to these people. This book takes roughly 20-25 minutes to read in one sitting, or can easily be read over several days. I would recommend this to elementary students and up because a lot of the topics covered probably won’t make much sense to young toddlers. This is a great book to share with both non-Muslims and Muslims so children are reminded that This is one of those books that give 1 page summary overviews of a variety of "famous" Muslim women, like Malala. It’s a good, brief introduction to these people. This book takes roughly 20-25 minutes to read in one sitting, or can easily be read over several days. I would recommend this to elementary students and up because a lot of the topics covered probably won’t make much sense to young toddlers. This is a great book to share with both non-Muslims and Muslims so children are reminded that inspiring, helpful people come from all kinds of backgrounds / beliefs / cultures.

  10. 4 out of 5

    NoNieqa Ramos

    This book should be in every classroom library collection. The art is vibrant and showcases all the important figures in their element in stunning detail. Important figures include child and adult activists and community-builders, a mathematician, athletes, artists, a Nobel Peace award winner, filmmakers, educators, and more. The thematic definition that opens the book on the first page is powerful. A beautiful and inspiring quote heads each biography. In just a paragraph for each figure, the This book should be in every classroom library collection. The art is vibrant and showcases all the important figures in their element in stunning detail. Important figures include child and adult activists and community-builders, a mathematician, athletes, artists, a Nobel Peace award winner, filmmakers, educators, and more. The thematic definition that opens the book on the first page is powerful. A beautiful and inspiring quote heads each biography. In just a paragraph for each figure, the author passionately and poetically communicates the accomplishments of each woman and celebrates the everlasting potential for each reader to accomplish their dreams and aspire to change the world. The last poem is a prayer, a mantra, and a call to action. Every girl and every child needs to read this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hope Lim

    It portrays 19 modern Muslim women around the world, who made history by following their dreams and “refused to give up.” The author, Saira Mir, captured these remarkable women’s stories in her succinct summaries with deliberate attention to their childhood experiences, which shaped their worldviews and motivated them along the way. Reading what they have accomplished and their favorite quotes is both inspiring and empowering. I also love how this collection of brave women is perfectly paired It portrays 19 modern Muslim women around the world, who made history by following their dreams and “refused to give up.” The author, Saira Mir, captured these remarkable women’s stories in her succinct summaries with deliberate attention to their childhood experiences, which shaped their worldviews and motivated them along the way. Reading what they have accomplished and their favorite quotes is both inspiring and empowering. I also love how this collection of brave women is perfectly paired with the colorful and child-friendly illustrations. The additional bibliography for further information on them completes the education. This book celebrates women from every walk of life, who all started as a child with a dream and eventually found a way to make a difference in the world. It’s a must read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A little backstory: I lived in Dharan, Saudi Arabia for two years growing up, so I have strong feelings about the overwhelmingly negative way the religion of Islam and its people are portrayed in America today. With that in mind, Saira Mir's inspirational and empowering book about modern-day Muslim women heroes is a breath of fresh air. In this book, kids meet Amanda Saab, an outstanding cook, who feeds her neighbors' souls and bellies with her Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor program. They meet A little backstory: I lived in Dharan, Saudi Arabia for two years growing up, so I have strong feelings about the overwhelmingly negative way the religion of Islam and its people are portrayed in America today. With that in mind, Saira Mir's inspirational and empowering book about modern-day Muslim women heroes is a breath of fresh air. In this book, kids meet Amanda Saab, an outstanding cook, who feeds her neighbors' souls and bellies with her Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor program. They meet Amani Al-Khatahtbeh who started the website Muslimgirl.com as a place of positivity for Muslim young women. They meet a fashion designer. A congresswoman. A flight controller. Activists. Athletes. Comic book creators. As Saira Mir reminds us, "Muslim women make history every day. ... By refusing to give up they achieved greatness." This book would be motivational reading for any child.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Finison

    My 10 year old is a huge fan of the “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” series, so this book will be very appealing to her. What I love about it is that it includes not only girls and women who are known names (like Malala Yousafzai and Ilhan Omar) but also those who are making an impact on a smaller scale that a child reader could relate to and aspire to. Whether in sports, fashion, science, or activism, there are motivational stories here that will appeal to many readers’ interests, and will My 10 year old is a huge fan of the “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” series, so this book will be very appealing to her. What I love about it is that it includes not only girls and women who are known names (like Malala Yousafzai and Ilhan Omar) but also those who are making an impact on a smaller scale that a child reader could relate to and aspire to. Whether in sports, fashion, science, or activism, there are motivational stories here that will appeal to many readers’ interests, and will empower them as they make decisions in their own lives. The straightforward text by Saira Mir and equally modern, fresh illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel make this book fresh and approachable for readers 7-12, but could well be read aloud to younger children, too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kjersten

    Muslim Girls Rise serves up wonderful bite-sized biographies of inspirational modern-day Muslim women with a diverse range of backgrounds and fields. The author Saira Mir has done a beautiful job making all the women feel close and relatable in such a short amount of space—young readers will feel empowered by these stories. The illustrations are also stunning, I especially love the incorporation of patterns that mirror Islamic decorative arts throughout. I would have loved to have had this book Muslim Girls Rise serves up wonderful bite-sized biographies of inspirational modern-day Muslim women with a diverse range of backgrounds and fields. The author Saira Mir has done a beautiful job making all the women feel close and relatable in such a short amount of space—young readers will feel empowered by these stories. The illustrations are also stunning, I especially love the incorporation of patterns that mirror Islamic decorative arts throughout. I would have loved to have had this book to share with my son and family when we lived in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia many years ago when we were American expats who previously hadn’t been around many Muslim families. But I’m happy I’ll be able to share the book with friends and family now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    You know you’re in for a treat from the very first page of Saira Mir and Aaliya Jaleel’s MUSLIM GIRLS RISE when Mir writes, “Great things come from people like you.” The book goes on to give bite-sized introductions to 19 inspirational Muslim women (all contemporary) who are indeed doing great things. Women with a variety of careers—from fashion and beauty to science and education—are represented. Jaleel manages find the perfect balance between detail and simplicity in her illustrations, which You know you’re in for a treat from the very first page of Saira Mir and Aaliya Jaleel’s MUSLIM GIRLS RISE when Mir writes, “Great things come from people like you.” The book goes on to give bite-sized introductions to 19 inspirational Muslim women (all contemporary) who are indeed doing great things. Women with a variety of careers—from fashion and beauty to science and education—are represented. Jaleel manages find the perfect balance between detail and simplicity in her illustrations, which compliment Mir’s text beautifully. Each woman’s accomplishments and goals are explained in a way that every child (regardless of gender or faith) will find relatable, empowering and, most importantly, attainable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Metcalf

    A beautifully illustrated, essential addition to the canon of collected picture-book biographies. #Ownvoices author Saira Mir and illustrator Aaliya Jaleel delve deep, with short biographies on a diverse array of influential Muslim women, from the famous (Malala Yousafzai, Ilhan Omar) to the up-and-coming (MuslimGirl.com founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh). The book comprises nineteen paragraph-long biographies, one per page spread, plus a rousing introduction and conclusion. With many fields covered— A beautifully illustrated, essential addition to the canon of collected picture-book biographies. #Ownvoices author Saira Mir and illustrator Aaliya Jaleel delve deep, with short biographies on a diverse array of influential Muslim women, from the famous (Malala Yousafzai, Ilhan Omar) to the up-and-coming (MuslimGirl.com founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh). The book comprises nineteen paragraph-long biographies, one per page spread, plus a rousing introduction and conclusion. With many fields covered—sports, design, fashion, technology, politics, science, and more—the book provides a much-needed mirror for Muslim girls with varying interests, and a crucial window beyond the stereotypes presented in popular media.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Marantz

    An inspiring and beautifully illustrated book about a group of amazing Muslim women and their achievements. It's a wonderful introduction to readers young and old that the depth of the person behind a hijab is so much more than they may have been willing to see. Informative and enlightening, it is a must read for anyone unfamiliar with the Muslim faith, and an especially important book that will help bridge the gap between intolerance and respect towards a group who has faced much prejudice in An inspiring and beautifully illustrated book about a group of amazing Muslim women and their achievements. It's a wonderful introduction to readers young and old that the depth of the person behind a hijab is so much more than they may have been willing to see. Informative and enlightening, it is a must read for anyone unfamiliar with the Muslim faith, and an especially important book that will help bridge the gap between intolerance and respect towards a group who has faced much prejudice in our political system.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rajani LaRocca

    Fascinating and empowering book with abour nineteen Muslim women who have shown courage and strength against all kinds of odds. What is particularly wonderful is the diversity of the Muslim women who are presented: they come from different countries, practice their religion differently, and look different from each other. Some of these women are well-known, like Malala and Linda Sarsour; but even those you are not as famous have done some incredible things. I learned a lot, and I know young Fascinating and empowering book with abour nineteen Muslim women who have shown courage and strength against all kinds of odds. What is particularly wonderful is the diversity of the Muslim women who are presented: they come from different countries, practice their religion differently, and look different from each other. Some of these women are well-known, like Malala and Linda Sarsour; but even those you are not as famous have done some incredible things. I learned a lot, and I know young readers will, too. The bright and clean-lined illustrations make this an even more appealing read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rob Justus

    In this gorgeous, inspirational and motivational nonfiction book, Saira and Aaliya highlight 19 amazing Muslim women and the impact they have had on their communities and the world at large. At first blush the average joe might think this book is only for young muslim women, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! This book can serve to empower any young developing mind, teaching strength, perseverance, resilience, openness and compassion. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to In this gorgeous, inspirational and motivational nonfiction book, Saira and Aaliya highlight 19 amazing Muslim women and the impact they have had on their communities and the world at large. At first blush the average joe might think this book is only for young muslim women, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! This book can serve to empower any young developing mind, teaching strength, perseverance, resilience, openness and compassion. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel inspired and want to make the world a better place!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joana Pastro

    Wow! MUSLIN GIRLS RISE is a must read for every Muslim girl, every girl, every boy, everyone! I’m in awe of the inspirational and empowering story of these nineteen fantastic women who, despite all the adversity, conquered their space in the world. The bold illustrations and color palette chosen by Aaliyah Jaleel are the perfect complement for each biography. If you enjoyed Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, you’ll certainly enjoy Muslin Girls Rise! A great addition to any library!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Copp

    This beautiful non-fiction picture book features nineteen courageous Muslim women from a variety of countries and backgrounds who, despite challenges, speak up to create positive change. Each short, concise 'biography' harkens back to the childhood inspirations of each woman and the rich, animated illustrations will engage young readers. Readers are left with a strong connection to these women and empowered to make their own difference in the world. A must-have for library shelves!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darshana Khiani

    A wonderful introduction to kids of Muslim girls and women who have made important contributions from activism, fashion, science, entertainment and more. An inspirational book for any child: girl, boy, Muslim, non-Muslim to strive for what interests and not let society hold him or her back. An empowering book for today's readers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Fang

    Saira Mir and Aaliya Jaleel do a beautiful job presenting these inspiring stories! Each of the 19 Muslim women featured is presented in a relatable yet motivating way. I especially love how the messages are pulled together in the end, inviting the reader to act upon the inspiration in their own lives. A wonderful book for all kids, with important stories of compelling role models.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keith Marantz

    MUSLIM GIRLS RISE is a timely and important book. The extensive compilation of successful Muslim woman will be an effective guidebook for any young girl facing challenges in today’s turbulent times. These stories WILL inspire. It is a wonderful selection that will show any young reader that adversity can be overcome with perseverance, positivity and belief in yourself.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    Nineteen Muslim women from around the world are profiled in this colorful collective biography. The picture book size gives room for a large, bright two-page spread for each profile, with enough information to pique interest for young readers. Women in the arts, sciences, sports, politics and law are represented with a brief biographical sketch, a quote and a picture of them in action. The digital animation-like illustrations portray the subjects with beauty and energy. Includes a bibliography. Nineteen Muslim women from around the world are profiled in this colorful collective biography. The picture book size gives room for a large, bright two-page spread for each profile, with enough information to pique interest for young readers. Women in the arts, sciences, sports, politics and law are represented with a brief biographical sketch, a quote and a picture of them in action. The digital animation-like illustrations portray the subjects with beauty and energy. Includes a bibliography. With mostly one web site per profile, the bibliography is of little use.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maria (Ian) Bautista

    A beautiful and inspirational book. I usually don’t read kids books but this one caught my attention. Every story is gorgeous, I love that woman decides to stand up and influence future generations. I take my hat out!!! This deserve more than 5 stars. A beautiful and inspirational book. I usually don’t read kids books but this one caught my attention. Every story is gorgeous, I love that woman decides to stand up and influence future generations. I take my hat 🎩 out!!! This deserve more than 5 stars. ♥️♥️♥️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Carey

    Truth is a powerful tool for exploding stereotypes. By raising up the inspirational stories of Muslim women and girls, author Saira Mir presents an honest portrait of nineteen strong, creative, loving, and driven Muslim women. MUSLIM GIRLS RISE offers a more relatable and complete narrative that will dispel the often false views people can associate with a woman in a hijab. Mir allows her readers to meet nineteen Muslim women and in sharing their hopes, dreams and achievements she allows all Truth is a powerful tool for exploding stereotypes. By raising up the inspirational stories of Muslim women and girls, author Saira Mir presents an honest portrait of nineteen strong, creative, loving, and driven Muslim women. MUSLIM GIRLS RISE offers a more relatable and complete narrative that will dispel the often false views people can associate with a woman in a hijab. Mir allows her readers to meet nineteen Muslim women and in sharing their hopes, dreams and achievements she allows all readers to see themselves in the women she presents and gain a fuller understanding of who a Muslim girl is and who she can be. They love cooking and sports, learning and science, fashion and make-up, politics and laughter, films and comics. They are empowering, motivational and diverse. “I defied labels and showed the world that being Muslim was also being American.” – Ibtihaj Muhammad The illustrations are beautiful, realistic and vibrant.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Ellsworth

    My daughter loves the REBEL GIRLS series, so I'm thrilled to have another book about strong girls and women to share with her. MUSLIM GIRLS RISE is a book that bravely stands up and offers a counter message to the current political climate of anti-Muslim sentiment and backlash against immigrants. With colorful illustrations and captivating personal stories, MUSLIM GIRLS RISE shows us the important and varied contributions of Muslim girls and women to our country and across the world. The quotes My daughter loves the REBEL GIRLS series, so I'm thrilled to have another book about strong girls and women to share with her. MUSLIM GIRLS RISE is a book that bravely stands up and offers a counter message to the current political climate of anti-Muslim sentiment and backlash against immigrants. With colorful illustrations and captivating personal stories, MUSLIM GIRLS RISE shows us the important and varied contributions of Muslim girls and women to our country and across the world. The quotes from each of the women featured provide readers with inspiration and courage to pursue their own dreams. As Dalia Mogahed tells us, “facts can replace fear,” and this book strives to do just that. It also encourages all of us to sit down and talk to each other, and maybe even share a meal, just as Amanda Saab does.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Qing Zhuang

    “Muslim Girls Rise” is a collection of profiles of inspirational Muslim women across diverse fields. Many of these women are American, such as NASA engineer Hibah Rahmani or Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Some are international such as Nobel Prize winning activist Malala Yousafzai and fashion designer Hana Tajima. The message of this book is that no matter how impossible your obstacle, you can achieve whatever it is you determine to do through hard work and courage. I have learned so much from “Muslim Girls Rise” is a collection of profiles of inspirational Muslim women across diverse fields. Many of these women are American, such as NASA engineer Hibah Rahmani or Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Some are international such as Nobel Prize winning activist Malala Yousafzai and fashion designer Hana Tajima. The message of this book is that no matter how impossible your obstacle, you can achieve whatever it is you determine to do through hard work and courage. I have learned so much from this book and I hope it empowers the children who get to read it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    This beautiful collection of biographies features nineteen inspirational Muslin women who have accomplished great things. Each woman's biography effortlessly connects their adult accomplishments to the hopes, dreams, struggles and interests of their childhood selves. I love the diversity of women represented—from Olympic athletic to fashion designer, foodie and mathematical Field Medalist—and how every young reader will find a story to motivate them. In the introduction, the narrative proclaims, This beautiful collection of biographies features nineteen inspirational Muslin women who have accomplished great things. Each woman's biography effortlessly connects their adult accomplishments to the hopes, dreams, struggles and interests of their childhood selves. I love the diversity of women represented—from Olympic athletic to fashion designer, foodie and mathematical Field Medalist—and how every young reader will find a story to motivate them. In the introduction, the narrative proclaims, "Great things come from people like you." The rest of the book shows readers it's true.

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