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The Proudest Blue
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family | Ibtihaj Muhammad
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A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad. With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong. Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.
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Hannahhh7
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The Proudest Blue, published in 2019, is a fiction book about a young girl who begins to wear a hijab. The other students do not understand and make fun of her. The young girl's little sister defends her throughout the story and talks about how she sees her older sister as she is wearing the hijab. This book was written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali. It was illustrated by Hatem Aly.

Hannahhh7 This book has also won the Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, is a part of Rise: A Feminist Book Project top ten, is a nominee for Goodreads Choice Award for Picture Books, and is a part of ALSC's Notable Children's Books. 2mo
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kallikramer
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Published in 2019, the Proudest Blue is a fiction story that is a Goodreads Choice award Nominee and ALSC notable children's book. This story is about a young girl who wares her Hijab on the first day of school. She overcomes bullies and find strength in herself.

kallikramer This is a great story to read to students to inform them of other students cultures and backgrounds and to show them that we all have differences but are all important in our classroom family. 2mo
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Jordan1201
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad and illustrated by Hatem Aly. This story was published on September 1oth, 2019, and is a fictional children's literature. This story won many awards: Goodreads Choice Award for the Picture Books nominee, Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, and ALSC's Notable Children's books. The Proudest Blue focuses on two girls' first day of school and one's first day of wearing a Hijab.

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ehrmans
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This is a story about a powerful set of sisters on one's first day of hijab. It's the start of a brand new year so the sisters have new backpacks and clothes but the older sister also has a new hijab, her first hijab. The fabric of her hijab is blue like the ocean waving to the sky. Not everyone sees hijab as beautiful and may make the older sister find new ways to be strong.

ehrmans Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali. Illustrator: Hatem Aly. Publication date: 2019. Genre: realistic fiction. Awards: Good reads choice award for picture book nominee, Booklist editors choice: book for youth, Rise: a feminist book project top ten, and ALCS's notable children's books.
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Hcecrle

In this realistic fiction story, the main character Asiya and her sister Faizah are of the Muslim faith and Asiya is at the age where she is to wear her hijab to school. Faizah envies her sister as it is her first-day-hijab and she cannot wait until she gets to wear one. Throughout the story, Asiya experiences bullying while at school and she learns to overcome it. I would recommend reading this to any age group, I found it to be very inspiring.

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clairebourq_2023
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This is a story about a young girl admiring her older sister (Asiya) who is wearing her hijab for the first time at school. Asiya is wearing a bright blue hijab and her little sister looks at her as a princess and admires the way her sister wear this proudly. There is a mean boy who is rude and misunderstand their culture, her older sister does not let this ruin her shine. Asiya is strong and beautiful as she proudly wears her blue hijab.

clairebourq_2023 This is book has a very proud and empowering tone for young children.
Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad, Illustrated by Hatem Aly, With S. K. Ali.
Genre: Children's Literature
Publication: 9/10/2019
Awards: Goodreads choice awards for picture nominee 2019
Booklist editors' choice: books for youth 2019
Rise: A feminist book project top ten 2020
ALSC's Notable Children's Books 2020
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caitlinblack
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Published in 2019, this story is about a little girl who starts to wear a hijab to school. Her little sister looks out for her throughout the day and is worried people will pick on her sister. The story explains that the two sisters love the hijab and think it was beautiful so they are strong and don't let people bully them for it.

Awards:
Goodreads Choice Award for Picture Books Nominee
Booklist: Editors' choice

Genre:
realistic fiction

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gclift
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The Proudest Blue was written by Ibtihaj Muhammad in 2019. It is a beautiful book to build community in the classroom, and teach children about diversity. It has won the Goodreads Choice Award for picture books, Booklist Editor's Choice: Books for Youth, Rise: A Feminist Book Project top ten, and ALSC's Notable Children's Books. It is a wonderful read aloud for a classroom!

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mm991518
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This book won several awards, is a fiction children literature book, and was published in 2019. It is about two sisters and one of them is her first day to first wear a hijab. She gets laughed at and the younger sister talks about how great it is and sticks up for her sister. I would love to use this at any time in my classroom and at any age. I think it is a great story that shows being proud of who you are.

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allycrothers
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Published : September 10th, 2019
author: Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali
Illustrator : Hatem Aly
Genre: Children's Literature, Fiction
Awards : Goodreads Choice Award for Picture Book 2020
A book about a sister bond. A girl wears her Hijab for the first-day at school- She wears it strong and beautifully. Her sister admires her. I loved this book. Such a great message and story for students of any grade. A great add to a classroom library.

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laurenebailey14
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This book tells us about two sisters, Faziah and Asiya. They talk about the first hijab day at school. Faziah admired Asiya's blue hijab and spoke great things about it. Other people were making fun of Asiya's hijab and Faziah educated her peers on what it was for. Faziah talks about how much she admires Asiya and cant wait to wear her first hijab.

laurenebailey14 - Goodreads Choice Award for Picture Books nominee (2019)
- Booklist Editor's Choice: Books for Youth (2019)
- Rise: A Feminist Book project top ten (2020)
- ALSC's Notable Children's Books (2020)
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sarahyurco
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Published: 2019
This is a story about a girl who's older sister, Asiya, is old enough to start wearing a hijab to school. The younger sister looks up to Asiya and thinks she looks like a princess in her hijab, but others are not always kind. Wearing a hijab means being different for the first time for Asiya and some kids make rude comments. But Faizah recalls words her mother spoke about wearing a hijab and how it makes her sister strong.

sarahyurco Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Picture Books nominee, Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, Rise: A Feminist Book Project top ten, ALSC's Notable Children's Books 3mo
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MaddieBrown3
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Name of Award (if applicable):ALSC Notable Children‘s Book
Purpose of Award (if applicable): Association for library service to children best books for children
Title of Book : The Proudest Blue
Author of Book: Ibtihaj Muhammad, S. K. Ali
Illustrator (if applicable): Hatem Aly
Date of Publication: September 10, 2019
Genre: Fiction

MaddieBrown3 Summary: Asiya wears her hijab for the first time to school. Her little sister, Faizah, talks to her peers about the hijab. She describes it and is proud of her sister and herself for wearing her hijab. She talks about wearing a hijab and why they are proud of it. A boy at their school was being mean to Asiya about her wearing the hijab. Asiya is strong. She stays strong and proud of her religion. Beautiful book, talk bullying, being different (edited) 3mo
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Librarybelle
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Today is the first day for Asiya to wear her hijab to school, and little sister Faizah is inspired. This book is a good lesson on acceptance and identity, as well as feeling empowered to stand up to bullies, even if it is to ignore hurtful words. I love the colorful illustrations and the inclusivity of the whole book. I found this title on a Boston Uni blog discussing challenged/banned books. #BBRC #PictureBook #LetterP

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PuddleJumper
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A really beautiful book that teaches kindness and acceptance

Another one bought for my nieces that I wanted to read. I love and appreciate that books like this exist for them to read

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hhockenberry
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This New York Times bestseller (realistic fiction) illustrates the story of the first day of school for two sisters. It‘s also the first day of hijab for the older sister. She wears a beautiful blue hijab, but not everyone finds a hijab beautiful. The two sisters come together to unapologetically be themselves! This story would make for a beautiful read aloud! #ucflae3414sp21

hhockenberry ESOL #3. UDL 3.1. 2y
rather_be_reading buying this one asap! 2y
DrSpalding I immediately added this one to my stack. We need books that are windows and mirrors for our students in the classroom. I saw this on social media when it initially came out! You added a helpful resource. Be sure to expand on your resources and your English learner/universal design principles. 2y
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megnews
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A beautiful book

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Deblovestoread 💜💜💜 2y
Cupcake12 Very true xx 2y
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JoslynB
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The Proudest Blue is a RF and New York Times Bestseller book by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali that tells an endearing story of two sisters and a beautiful blue hijab. The youngest sister admires her elder sister, who she calls a princess, and her blue hijab. She meets the confusion and malice towards her sister's hijab with positivity and beautiful comparisons. This is wonderful for a RA.

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UDL principle 7.2 optimize relevance, value, and authenticity and EL 3 encourages self-talk is wonderful for the book.
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dbears1 Great post Joslyn! Your UDL aligns perfect with this book because it expresses the value of being brave.I will be adding this book the my classroom collection. 3y
DrSpalding This book would be a mirror, window and possibly a sliding glass door for students in your classroom. Excellent alignment and helpful resource. 2y
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Sharpeipup
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For #acolorinthetitle I waited for my library to get this book about a girl who wears her hijab to school as seen through the eyes of her adoring younger sister. #summerfunjr @4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious

StayCurious Love the illustration - very unique! 3y
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PaperbackPirate
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Picture books are a beautiful way to teach love to our children. These books teach children to love many types of humans:
💙 Muslims - The Proudest Blue
💜 People of Color - The Undefeated
❤️ Transgender - When Aiden Became a Brother
🧡 Girls - Katy and the Big Snow
💛 I received these books free for my class from
Little Feminist Book Club.
💚 My students love characters who look & dream like them!
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GatheringBooks
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#BoundTogetherJune Day 1: Fats‘ review: “Sisters Asiya & Faizah were getting ready for school. It was Asiya‘s first day of hijab at the start of a brand-new year. The first day of hijab was very important in their culture. It meant being strong. Their mother picked the pink hijab but Faizah knew her big sister better. Asiya the brightest blue, just like the #ocean.” Her full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-l9k

OriginalCyn620 Beautiful cover! 💙 3y
Reggie So there‘s this episode of Rupaul‘s drag race this past season where one of the girls wears a hijab on her runway look and it causes a stir because one of the guest judges, Jeff Goldblum, says in not so many words, that‘s kinda radical because of what religion that represents and how they treat the gays. But to me I think the hijab means different things to different people. Even to some women it can seem oppressive, to some a proud right of 👇🏼 3y
Reggie of culture, religion, and family. And I thought, a couple of years I wouldn‘t have thought of it that way, so thanks reading! Nice post, Myra. 3y
GatheringBooks @Reggie i still recall your encouragement of me reading yo soy muslim to a group of mostly-White educators in the conference last year, that was fun. Thinking of you, fondly, hopefully things are slightly better where you are right now. Seems like the world has gone mad. 3y
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HeatherBookNerd
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I read this for the Read Harder Challenge prompt, a picture book with a main character from a marginalized community. It tells the story of a little sister looking up to her big sister with pride as she begins to wear her hijab to school every day. A lovely story of faith and sisterhood. Beautiful illustrations.

#readharder

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Come-read-with-me
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These are three amazing books that celebrate diversity of all types. I read them to my nieces this afternoon and thought that each book offered lessons related to acceptance, understanding, and the importance of kindness in our lives. This is a great trio of books! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookInMyHands
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We had fun this last weekend at the #pdxbookfest and attended a reading by Ibtihaj Muhammad of her new picture book. We loved this story about being yourself and a young girl‘s first day at school wearing hijab.
Also, wonderful to hear more about the life of this determined Olympian, and the first Muslim-American to compete while wearing hijab, and the first Muslim-American to medal.
#readingwomenofcolor2019

Bookzombie I loved this picture book! So cool that you to hear her read it. 3y
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ShansMousey
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The story is about a little sister looking up to her older sister who wears her hijab for the first time to school. The art style is crisp, vibrant, and expressive. And the message is so important: uplifting girls who choose to wear a hijab. It also helps childten who may not be Muslim see how beautiful and important the garment is.

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Bookzombie
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This is an important book to have on shelves for representation and better understanding for all ages. It‘s also an uplifting story about two sisters. I love the illustrations. The colors are so vibrant, especially the blue.