Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, welcomes manuscripts about Muslim children and young adults. Folks, start writing!
Check out their upcoming publications: Amina’s Voice and Yo Soy Muslim!
@SalaamReads, thank you for giving a voice to the many, many Muslim stories out there, just waiting to be heard ❤
I’m so excited about the diversity, peace and hope that these books offer. I grew up with Enid Blyton and other books that had characters who looked nothing like me. Now that I have a daughter, I see the importance of her reading books with more relatable characters and themes.
Speaking of which, my daughter loves “My Father’s Farm” and “My Mother’s Kitchen” – gorgeous Malaysian picturebooks filled with native joy, written by Emila Yusof. It’s so cool to see beautifully illustrated Malaysian flora and fauna.
When I point to Dina, the main character in the storybooks, and ask my daughter who that is, she grins, points to herself and says, “Taskeen!” ❤
….already? RIS is around the corner! My todder is almost 20 months. SubhanAllah. Time flies.
I love these reads:
- Surviving as an Introverted Mother
- 5 Strategies to Help Introvert Parents Maintain Their Sanit
One really amazing piece of advice by Anse Tamara Gray: recharge during the hour before Fajr, and the hour after. Now that is a goal worth aspiring to! That’s only really possible if I sleep early.
Pre-baby: Ah, how I love the long, uninterrupted hours of night! I can write lyrical prose and poetry and [insert whatever else that used to happen]
Post-baby: Must. Sleep. Zzzzz
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Belated Eid Mubarak! Haha. Better late than never 🙂 Back to blogging!
My baby turned 14 months today, alhamdulilah ❤ What a year it’s been.
I wrote something about that: Noisy playdates, and other challenges of being an introverted mum.
I love this talk! Now…to find the time to watch it again…
I grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, read Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit….science fiction and fantasy were my favourite escape pods. I loved these genres as a child, and I still do. But did I ever come across sci-fi/fantasy characters who were Muslim too? Nope. Not until Alif The Unseen, by the brilliant G. Willow Wilson. She’s also the writer behind Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American Marvel comic superhero. Ah, representation matters.
Muslims in science fiction. It’s a growing thing. Click here for the super exciting ISLAMICATE SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY COMPETITION! Spread the word!
Short stories. How I love them.
There is something so exquisite about being pulled into a story just long enough to be hooked, only to be released shortly after. Spell over.
Speaking of which, I’ve stumbled across a gem of a short story (thank you, Binders!), titled, “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth” by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson. I love her lyrical prose, the use of second person, and her gorgeous past and present childbirth juxtapositions.
One of my favourite lines from her piece:
If this were 1800s France, the midwife would warm her hands in almond oil after lining your bed with boxes of powdered cumin and myrrh meant to dust the baby and protect her from evil spirits.
Which short stories have stayed with you?
My latest Lip Mag piece is up! The Perils of Perfectionism. This was a fun piece to write and research.
As promised, here are my poems. Enjoy!