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1.   Against the Storm
Written by
Gaye Hicyilmaz
Twelve-year-old Mehmet moves with his family from a rural village to Amkara, Turkey, hoping to find a better life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
2.   Caravan
Darryl Ligasan (Illustrator), Lawrence McKay (Author)
A ten-year-old boy accompanies his father for the first time on a caravan trip through the mountains of Afghanistan to the city below to trade their goods at market.
3.   Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
Written and Photographed by
Bernard Wolf
Text and photographs depict the joys and hardships experiences by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Egypt.
4.   Israel ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Israel
Holly Schroeder (Author), Claudia Wolf (Illustrator)
In this ABC tour of Israel, readers learn about the peoples, places and history of one of the world’s most ancient lands, including Bedouin people, the Dead Sea, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, the Knesset (Israeli parliament), Palestinian people, Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Dolorosa (Street of Sorrows), Zionism and more.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
5.   It’s Israel’s Birthday!
Written by
Ellen Dietrick
Part of the “It’s Time” series, this book celebrates Israel’s 60th birthday by taking youngsters on a pretend trip to Israel, where they board a plane, visit a kibbutz, enjoy the shuk (outdoor marketplace) in Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, visit the Kotel (Western Wall), and experience Israel in other ways.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
6.   Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace
Ben Dolphin (Illustrator), Laurie Dolphin (Author)
The lives of two boys, one Jewish and one Arab, who attend a school in a unique community where Jews and Arabs live in peace.
7.   Playing War
Kathy Beckwith (Author), Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
One hot summer day Luke and his friends decide to play their favorite game of war, using sticks for guns and pine cones for bombs and grenades. Sameer, who hasn't lived in their neighborhood for very long, hesitates to join in. When he tells his peers that he has been in a real war, they don't believe him. Then, as Sameer explains what happened to his family, the other children start to see their game in a new light.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
8.   Sami and the Time of Troubles
Judith Heide Gilliland (Author), Florence Parry Heide (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy goes to school, helps his mother with chores, plays with his friends and lives with his family in a basement shelter when the bombings occur and the fighting begins.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
9.   The Creation of Israel
Written by
Jim Whiting
This book offers a balanced look at the events leading up to the creation of the modern state of Israel. Chapters include the Birth of Zionism, The Balfour Declaration, The Vote for Partition, The End of the Mandate and The New Nation. Side bars with added information, maps, illustrations, a timeline, glossary and list of further reading make this an accessible history for upper elementary students.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
10.   The Day of Ahmed's Secret
Judith Heide Gilliland (Author), Florence Parry Heide (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy's journey through Cairo, where old cultures and new ways of life co-exist.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   The Golden Bracelet
Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator), David Kherdian (Reteller)
Based on an Armenian tale, an indolent prince learns to weave beautiful golden cloth, a craft that later saves his life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
12.   The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
Rebecca Hickox (Author), Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   The Roses in My Carpet
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Rukhsana Khan (Author)
A young boy and his mother and sister escape the war in Afghanistan and live in a refugee camp.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
14.   The Stars in My Geddoh's Sky
Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator), Claire Sidhom Matze (Author)
A young boy's grandfather comes to visit the United States, and teaches him about their Middle Eastern homeland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
15.   The Tale of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Ju-Hong Chen (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller)
A story from The Arabian Nights.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
16.   The Three Princes
Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller)
A tale from the Middle East about a very wise princess.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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