Under My Hijab
Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab. Written in sprightly rhyme and illustrated by a talented newcomer, Under My Hijab honors the diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, their love for each other, and their pride in their culture and faith.

Under My Hijab Details

TitleUnder My Hijab
Author
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherLee & Low Books
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Under My Hijab Review

  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusIn this picture book, young girl describes how six women who are close to her wear their hijab in public and also how they dress when they are at home. From her grandmother, a baker, to her aunt and cousin, to a scout troop leader, the girl tells about a variety of ways a hijab can be worn. There is even a cousin who has a sports hijab. Written in rhyme, the book ends with the girl thinking about how she will style her own hijab if she decides to wear one. There are note E ARC from Edelweiss PlusIn this picture book, young girl describes how six women who are close to her wear their hijab in public and also how they dress when they are at home. From her grandmother, a baker, to her aunt and cousin, to a scout troop leader, the girl tells about a variety of ways a hijab can be worn. There is even a cousin who has a sports hijab. Written in rhyme, the book ends with the girl thinking about how she will style her own hijab if she decides to wear one. There are notes at the end of the book detailing why some Muslim women wear the hijab, but also explaining that some women, like the author, do not. Strengths: This is a fantastic, short book for elementary school students. It can either be a mirror or a window, and may help students understand why their classmates wear the hijab. (In my district, I have seen very young elementary girls wearing the hijab.) I didn't see the color on the illustrations, but they seem very cheerful and full of detail in the black and white E ARC. There seemed to be a bit of variety in the complexions and hair styles of the women and girls. I especially appreciated the inclusion of a girl playing sports; now, if we could just get a description from the Ohio High School Athletic Association on what constitutes an acceptable cross country uniform for observant girls! Weaknesses: I would have like to see more of the end notes worked into the main text. The verse was fine, but limited the descriptions so that it's not quite a book for middle school. What I really think: I would like to see more middle grade books (The length of The Hijab Boutique) with Muslim main characters who are from different cultures. My school has a large Somali population, but it seems like many of the Muslims in middle grade literature are disproportionally from Pakistan. My Somali girls usually wear long dresses and are more covered up than the girls whose cultural background is from other countries.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful picture book! The young girl who narrates sees a range of different women in her life wearing the hijab, women of different races in different professions, and of different ages. The rhyme scheme was charming, the art was beautiful, and the story did a great job of describing settings where women wear their hijab and why.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet and bright book that shares all the fun and different ways girls and women can choose to wear their hijabs; there are many different colors and styles to wrap up in! These lively, warm illustrations are accompanied by quick, rhyming poems about the narrator's family and friends, and each of their unique outfits, whether or not they are wearing their hijab.
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  • Maleeha Siddiqui
    January 1, 1970
    I wish a picture book like this existed when I was growing up! As a Muslim woman who wears hijab, this is so appreciated. I can't wait to read it with my daughter over and over. The illustrations are gorgeous, too. I hope we get more books like Under My Hijab.
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