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J Czernecki, Stefan Zorah's Magic Carpet
A Moroccan woman's magic carpet takes her to far away places, which provide inspiration for her to create other beautiful carpets.
J HAVEN Haven, Paul The Seven Keys of Balabad
Unlike his news-reporter father and art-historian mother who find living in the ancient, war-torn country of Balabad endlessly interesting, twelve-year-old Oliver, homesick for New York City, feels very much out of his element until he gets caught up in a centuries-old mystery involving stolen artifacts and buried treasure.
J Heide, Florence Parry Sami and the Time of the Troubles
A ten-year-old Lebanese boy goes to school, helps his mother with chores, plays with his friends, and lives with his family in a basement shelter when bombings occur and fighting begins on his street.
J Khan, Rukhsana The Roses in My Carpets
When a young boy and his mother and sister come to a refugee camp to escape the war in Afghanistan, he finds some comfort in the beauty of the carpets he is learning to weave.
J Matthews, Mary Magid Fasts for Ramadan
Magid, an eight-year-old Muslim boy in Cairo, is determined to celebrate Ramadan by fasting, despite the opposition of family members who feel that he is not yet old enough to fast.
J Nagda, Ann Whitehead Dear Whiskers
Jenny is discouraged when her second grade penpal turns out to be a new student from Saudi Arabia who does not speak English very well, but as she works with her they slowly become friends.
J Nye, Naomi Shihab Habibi
When fourteen-year-old Liyanne Abboud, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.
J Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey The Hundredth Name
Salah, a boy living in Egypt, wants to lift his camel's sadness. So he prays that the camel will learn Allah's hundredth name, which is unknown to man.
J OSBORN Osborne, Mary Pope Season of the Sandstorms
Guided by a magic rhyme, Jack and Annie travel to ancient Baghdad on a mission to help the Caliph disseminate wisdom to the world.
J COMICS GRAPHICS ALIAS Stamaty, Mark Alan Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq
J020.92 WINTE Winter, Jeanette The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
J297 Marchant, Kerena Muslim Festival Tales
J297.18 GANER Ganeri, Anita Islamic Stories
J303.48 Dolphin, Laurie Neve Shalom=Wahat Al-Salam=Oasis of Peace
Text and photos present the lives of two boys, one Jewish and one Arab, who attend school in a unique community near Jerusalem where Jews and Arabs live together in peace.
J398.2 Kherdian, David The Rose's Smile: Farizad of the Arabian Nights
Only the courage of the beautiful Farizad is able to bring happiness out of the evil deeds of her mother's two jealous older sisters.
J398.2 Travers, P.L. Two Pairs of Shoes
Retellings of two middle Eastern folktales reveal how two pairs of shoes unwittingly reflect the true character of the men who own them.
J398.2 Van Woerkom, Dorothy The Friends of Abu Ali: Three More Tales of the Middle East
Can a small bag that two gentlemen are fighting over really contain two spotted leopards, the entire city of Baghdad, and three camels?
J398.2 Zagloul, Ahmed The Black Prince and Other Egyptian Folk Tales
J398.2 JOHNS Johnson-Davies, Denys Goha the Wise Fool
A collection of fourteen tales about the folk hero Nasreddin Hoca, also known as Goha, a man with a reputation for being able to answer difficult questions in a clever way.
J398.2 PIROTT Pirotta, Saviour The Glass Palace: An Arabian Fairy Tale
Presents two tales to compare and contrast, the first from the Middle East and the second one from Germany.
J398.20933 SMITH Smith, Chirs One City, Two Brothers
To settle an inheritance dispute between two brothers, King Solomon tells a tale of how Jerusalem came to be founded.
J398.20955 Wolfson, Margaret Olivia The Patient Stone: A Persian Love Story
A retelling of the traditional Persian tale of how the patient stone helps a mistreated young girl achieve her true destiny.
J398.209567 Hickox, Rebecca The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.
J398.209567 HENDE Henderson, Kathy Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War
An ancient Sumerian tale about the youngest and weakest of eight brothers who, caught up in an ill-advised war, uses his wits and courage and eventually becomes king.
J398.21 Kimmel, Eric A. The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East
A princess promises to marry the prince who finds the most precious treasure.
J398.21 Wade, Gini The Wonderful Bag: An Arabian Tale from the Thousand and One Nights
J641.59 BEHNK Behnke, Alison Cooking the Middle Eastern Way
J745.5 HARTM Hartman, Sarah Middle Eastern Crafts Kids Can Do!
J909 Haskins, Jim Count Your Way Through the Arab World
Uses Arabic numerals from one to ten to introduce concepts about Arab countries and Arab culture.
J910.92 Rumford, James Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354
J915.5 GRAHA Graham, Amy Iran in the News: Present and Future
J915.6 DAVEN Davenport, John A Brief Political and Geographic History of the Middle East:
J915.6 STEEL Steele, Phillip The Middle East
J915.8 LAW Law, Felicia Atlas of the Southwest and Central Asia
Features maps and information about the countries, geography, ecology, population, customs, transportation, and economy of Central and Southwestern Asia.
J956.04 HAMPT Hampton, Wilborn War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story
A documentary containing the author's experiences covering these two pivotal wars offering readers a portrait of major world events.
J956.9405 FRANK Frank, Mitch Understanding the Holy Land
J962 Morris, Ann Grandma Hekmatt Remembers: An Arab-American Family Story
Three Arab-American girls learn about their family and cultural history from their grandmother, who grew up in Cairo, Egypt, and moved to New Jersey after her marriage. Includes directions for making Egyptian paper boats.
JB SA31S Stanley, Diane Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam
JE Alexander, Sue Nadia the Willful
JE Ben-Ezer, Ehud Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale
Hosni, a shepherd living in the desert, finally realizes his dream of traveling to the city where he spends his gold dinar in a way which changes his life forever.
JE Curtis, Chara No One Walks on My Father's Moon
The first moonwalk prompts a Turkish boy to reconcile scientific discovery with spiritual belief.
JE da Costa, Deborah Snow in Jerusalem
Although they live in different quarters of Jerusalem, a Jewish boy and a Muslim boy are surprised to discover they have been caring for the same stray cat.
JE English, Karen Nadia's Hands
A Pakistani-American girl takes part in her aunt's traditional Pakistani wedding.
JE Gray, Nigel A Balloon for Grandad
JE Heide, Florence Parry The Day of Ahmed's Secret
JE Heide, Florence Parry The House of Wisdom
Ishaq, the son of the chief translator to the Caliph of ancient Baghdad, travels the world in search of precious books and manuscripts and brings them back to the great library known as the House of Wisdom.
JE Hughes, Vi Aziz the Story Teller
Although he wants to please his father and earn money selling carpets, Aziz finds himself drawn to the storytellers in the marketplace, including one who has a special gift meant just for him.
JE KHAN Khan, Rukhsana Ruler of the Courtyard
After confronting what she believes to be a snake in the bath house, Saba finds the courage to overcome her fear of the chickens in the courtyard.
JE KHAN Khan, Rukhsana Silly Chicken
In Pakistan, Rani believes that her mother loves their pet chicken Bibi more than she cares for her, until the day that a fluffy chick appears and steals Rani's own affections.
JE KIMME Kimmel, Eric A. Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale
An original story, based on the Joha tales of the Arabic-speaking world, in which a hapless man finds a wishing stick that brings him nothing but bad luck. Includes an author's note about the history of Joha tales.
JE Lewin, Betsy What's the Matter, Habibi?
One day, instead of following Ahmed around in a circle giving children rides, Habibi the camel runs through the bazaar with Ahmed following him and trying to figure out what is wrong.
JE Lewin, Ted The Storytellers
Abdul and Grandfather pass through the streets of Fez, Morocco, and stop at an old gate, where Grandfather performs as a storyteller.
JE London, Jonathan Ali, Child of the Desert
On a trip to the Moroccan market town of Rissani, Ali becomes separated from his father during a sandstorm.
JE MACDO MacDonald, Margaret Read Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale
A childless woman's prayers are answered by the arrival of a talking pot, but the new mother knows that Little Pot must learn right from wrong just like any child.
JE Marsh, T. F. The Persian Plot: A Tale About Courage
A beautiful chameleon tells the story of courageous Queen Esther and her struggle to save her people.
JE Matze, Claire Sidhom The Stars in My Geddoh's Sky
Alex's Arabic-speaking grandfather comes to visit the United States, and Alex learns about his grandfather's Middle Eastern homeland.
JE NADIM Nadimi, Suzan The Rich Man and the Parrot
In this retelling of a tale by Rumi, a parrot tricks a wealthy merchant into setting him free.
JE Nye, Naomi Shihab Sitti's Secrets
A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.
JE RUMFO Rumford, James Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad
As bombs and missiles fall on Baghdad in 2003, a young boy uses the art of calligraphy to distance himself from the horror of war.
JE Van Woerkom, Dorothy Abu Ali Counts His Donkeys: A Folktale from the Middle East
Abu Ali buys nine donkeys at the fair. But when he stops on the ride home, he can count only eight. Then he counts again and there are nine...Can his friend Musa solve the mystery?

Web Sites

Education World: Teaching about Islam, the Middle East

Middle East Teacher's Guide

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