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Under My Hijab

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 personali ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Lee & Low Books
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Under My Hijab is a celebration of a beautiful element of traditional Muslim culture. Hena Khan shares in gentle rhyme and Aaliya Jaleel vividly depicts with colorful illustrations all the ways girls and women use hijabs in their busy lives, in work and play, to express their beliefs and complement their beauty. The final notes of the author provides information about the hijab, including the interesting side note that the author herself, despite being an observant Muslim, chooses not to wear a ...more
Keila Dawson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
UNDER MY HIJAB is the story of a young girl who observes how, when, and where her female family members wear their individual headscarves. Hena Khan's story is for anyone curious about modern Muslim women who chose to wear a hijab. Most often women cover their hair, ears, and neck but to show just how individual that choice is, the cool artist aunt covers her hair and ears pinned with a handmade jewel. Illustrator Aaliya Jaleel adds other details like henna designs worn on the hands of these cha ...more
Michele Knott
More books like this, please.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In 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
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rhyming picture book about the main character's observations of the friends and family in her life who wear the hijab (Muslim head scarf) in public, and how their hair looks when they aren't wearing it (in private or in the company of other girls). An note in the back, "About the Hijab," explains more, including that the author is an observant Muslim woman who chooses not to wear it. Illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel have multiple skin tones depicted and break some stereotypes (Muslim women aren' ...more
A young Muslim girl talks about the way different female family members and friends (also Muslims) wear their hijabi (or head coverings/headscarves) - in public vs at home with family, and also the different styles and colors and fashion of hijab. Some Muslim women also choose not to wear hijab, but may cover their hair in specific situations (while praying/going to mosque). A note following the story gets more into depth about the hijab. This is a fun and informative book with bright, happy ill ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book with beautiful drawings. I'm glad to see hijabs spoke in a positive light.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-2-no-shr
This was a quiet read about the way some Muslim women choose to dress. There's also a helpful explanation in the back of the book about reasons for wearing a veil, which will no doubt be of great use to rude white people who need to know why.
Lorie Barber
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Can’t wait to share with my kids - every year.
Maleeha Siddiqui
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Matt Craft
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read aloud or lap book for pre-K through grade 2. A disarming, intimate look at something that is a source of curiosity or even suspicion to those who may not have many opportunities to interact with Muslim women. Perfect for a unit on diversity or Islam. Nice rhyme scheme. Empowering messages about (especially Muslim) women. Fun, modern cartoon illustrations.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations! This is an empowering and informative story! All classrooms should have a copy on hand to help others to understand the reasons for wearing a hijab. Great addition in my school!
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bright and cheerful illustrations and text showcase the different ways the women in one family style their hijabs. A wonderful book with bouncy text to share about the reasons the hijab is important to Muslim women.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A picture book that explains the meaning if wearing the hijab and gives examples of Women who wear it to varying jobs, while competing in sports, in daily life. An author. It’s explains the history of its wearing, An important book for sharing.
Wendy Garland
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, picture-books
This book celebrates the many ways Muslim women choose to wear (or not to wear) their hijab. We need more of these!
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Could have done without the rhyming, but overall, I loved the message.
This is a WONDERFUL book to help kids (and parents) understand the purpose of the Hijab and why it is important to Muslim women.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informational
Great introduction to "what is a hijab?"
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