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Arab World Mosaic: A Curriculum Supplement for Elementary Teachers By Lars Rodseth, Sally Howell, Andrew Shryock
A book with a variety of lessons and activities involving literature, science (ecology and zoology), social studies, etc.

Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year
By Najmieh Batmanglij
This cookbook/cultural description has beautiful color photographs, ideas for cooking projects with children, even a cookie cutter. It’s a great resource for teaching about the Persian New Year holiday (Mar. 21), which is celebrated in several countries of western and central Asia.

Iran Cultural Kit
A set of artifacts and activities for teaching about Iran.

The Islamic Year
By Noorah Al-Gailani and Chris Smith
A book of activities, crafts, and recipes that a teacher can do with children to help them understand the meaning behind Muslim holidays and traditions

Morocco Cultural Kit
A set of artifacts and activities for teaching about Morocco.


At the Court of The Great King
By Sara Otto-Diniz, Jacqueline Pinsker McCaffrey and Denise Schmandt-Besserat
Illustrated by Ellen Rogers Simmons
Courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
An elementary level story about the art of ancient Persia. This was originally for an art exhibit at The Blanton Museum of Art in 1978. Therefore, it has some references to the exhibit but has a lot of valuable information regarding Persian history, art and culture.

"Open Sesame"The Story of Persian Locks
By Sara Otto-Diniz and Denise Schmandt-Besserat
Illustrated by Bonnie Jewel-Froman
Courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
An elementary level story about the origin of Persian locks. This was originally for an art exhibit at The Blanton Museum of Art in 1976. Therefore, it has some references to the exhibit but has a lot of valuable information regarding Persian history, art and culture.

Tales Told in Tents
By Sally Pomme Clayton and Sophie Herxheimer
Short stories from Central Asia.

Snow in Jerusalem
By Deborah Da Costa
An Israeli and a Palestinian boy must work together to save a stray cat that both have befriended.

The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey
By Demi
A story about a man judged by his appearance.

One Night: A Story from the Desert
By Cristina Kessler
About a Tuareg boy in the Sahara desert waiting for a goat to give birth.

Neve Shalom Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace
By Laurie Dolphin
Despite its ponderous title, it is a good book with vivid photographs. It describes the lives of two ten-year-old boys living in a community in Israel in which Jews and Palestinians live together.

By Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
Describes the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Count Your Way Through Iran
By Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson
Illustrated by Farida Zaman
A beautifully illustrated counting book to help children learn numers in Persian.

Count Your Way Through The Arab World
By Jim Haskins
A beautifully illustrated counting book to help children learn numers in Arabic.

The House of Wisdom
By Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland
A beautifully illustrated story of a boy’s life in 9th century Baghdad.

Sami and the Time of the Troubles
By Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland
A haunting and beautifully illustrated story of a 10-year-old boy during the fighting in Beirut, Lebanon.

Celebrate Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr with Praying Fasting, and
(National Geographic, “Holidays Around the World” series).
By Deborah Heiligman
Although it is at a low reading level, this book is even interesting to adults due to its great pictures and clear explanations. (It is National Geographic book, so the photography is amazing!)

Celebrating Ramadan
By Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Bright color photographs help tell the story of a 4th grade Muslim boy living in New Jersey as he celebrates Ramadan.

The Most Magnificent Mosque
By Anne Jungman and Shelley Fowles 
A beautifully illustrated book about medieval Spain and its Muslim heritage.

How The Camel Got Its Hump
By Justine and Ron Fontes
A classic tale originally written by Rudyard Kipling.

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story (Lesson Plan)
By Hena Khan
A book on the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.  Teacher and UA graduate student Laura Provencher developed a series of lessons on science, language arts, and reading to go with this book.

Muslim Child: Understanding Islam through Sotires and Poems
By Rukhsana Khan
A collection of Muslim stories with sidebars explaining important terms and issues.

Sound the Shofar!: A Story for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
By Leslie Kimmelman and John Himmelman
This book focuses on the high holy days of Judaism and how one family celebrates those together and by helping out the less fortunate. Nicely illustrated storybook.

The Storytellers
By Ted Lewin
A story of Abdul and his grandfather, a storyteller, set in Morocco.

By David F. Marx
This book gives religious and historical information about the Jewish Passover holiday.

Magid Fasts for Ramadan
By Mary Mathews
About an 8-year-old Egyptian boy who wants to fast like the grown-ups during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World
By Natalie Maydell and Sep Riahi
This book, introduces readers to 13 Muslim women in history who have lived extraordinary lives and influenced their communities in a positive way, often overcoming extreme hardship and inaccurate stereotypes that have been placed on the role of women in Islam. In addition to showing the impact these women have had throughout the years, Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World seeks to make a difference in the lives of Islamic women today, inspiring them to fervently pursue their goals. All proceeds from the special edition hardback series will be donated to Islamic Relief to benefit the women and children of Sudan.

By Lawrence McKay Jr.
A story of a 10-year-old Uzbek boy’s first caravan trip through the mountains of Afghanistan.

The Best Eid Ever
By Asma Mobin-Uddin
It's Eid, and Aneesa should be happy. But her parents are thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her a gift of beautiful clothes from Pakistan, one outfit for each of the three days of Eid. She even prepares lamb korma, Aneesa's favourite dinner, which they will enjoy when they return from prayers. At the prayer hall, Aneesa meets two sisters who are not dressed in new clothes for the holiday.Aneesa discovers that the girls are refugees. With their father, they have fled from their war-torn country. Aneesa can't stop thinking about the girls and what Eid must be like for them. That's when Aneesa comes up with a plan to help the girls celebrate Eid and make it the best Eid holiday ever.

The Rich Man and the Parrot
Retold By Suzan Nadimi
Illustrated by Ande Cook
A folktale once told by the famous thirteenth-century poet Rumi is retold again in this attractive picture book. A story about a man and his parrot who longs to be free.

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad
By James Rumford
When bombs begam to fall, Ali drowns out the sould of war with a pen. Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but most of all, he loves the ancient art of calligraphy. When bombs begin to fall on his city, Ali turns to his pen, writing sweeping and gliding words to the silent music that drowns out the war all around him. Gorgeously illustrated with collage, pencil and charcoal drawings and, of course, exquisite calligraphy, this timely and yet universal story celebrates art and history but also offers young children a way to understand all they see and hear on the news.

Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354
By James Rumford
The true story of the travels of 14th century Arab explorer Ibn Battuta. Beautifully illustrated.

Abuelita's Secret Matzahs
By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
A boy learns the truth about why his family does things differently from his friends when he discovers that he is of Jewish heritage. He learnes the history of how his family escaped from Spain to the "new world" and keep their identity hidden. This book is about heritage and acceptance of who you are.

Foods of Iran
By Barbara Sheen
Beautiful photographs and clear prose show a lot about Iranian culture through a description of the food. There are recipes, cultural descriptions, and details about how the food is grown and sold.

One City, Two Brothers
By Chris Smith
Illustarted by Aurelia Fronty
A tale of two brothers whose secret sharing of grain with one another results in a mystery. A good story to illustrate caring.

Watermelons, Walnuts and the Wisdom of Allah and Other Tales of the

By Barbara Walker
A collection of Turkish tales about the legendary Nasreddin Hoca. The book has short, humorous stories with illustrations.

The Camel Family
By John Bonnett Wexo
A book about camels from the Zoo Book series.

Four Feet, Two Sandals
By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. Ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly, until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that it is better to share the sandals than for each to wear only one.As the girls go about their routines -- washing clothes in the river, waiting in long lines for water, and watching for their names to appear on the list to go to America -- the sandals remind them that friendship is what is most important. Four Feet, Two Sandals was inspired by a refugee girl who asked the authors why there were no books about children like her. With warm colors and sensitive brush strokes, this book portrays the strength, courage, and hope of refugees around the world, whose daily existence is marked by uncertainty and fear.


Fables of Bah ya Bah (2001)
Animated retelling of six different short fables from the Middle East.
VHS format. 60 minutes.

Just say Hic
Turkish folktale with discussion questions.
VHS format. 9 minutes.

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman (1993)
Animated version of a Turkish folktale. A bit scary (along the lines of Hansel and Gretel.)
VHS. 14 minutes

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