طريقتي الخاصة, Girls, and Boys

The Kalimat book “طريقتي الخاصة,” written by Maitha al Khayyat, recently won the best children’s book award from the International Forum on Children’s Education and Development, Riyadh.

Now, I don’t know how I would interact with this book if I had girls; I’m sure the politics of dress would be much more vivid. But I don’t. I have three boys: 8, 3, and nearly 8 months. Unexpectedly, my boys (well, the two older ones) really enjoy this book.

Although conventional wisdom says that boy don’t read books with girls in them, my boys—particularly the oldest—are interested in this “foreign world” of girls.

My eight-year-old speaks on their behalf: “What I like about this book is all the little details, like the details about how they put on their hijabat. Like one of the sisters, for instance, is always drinking something, in almost all the pictures, she has a drink with a straw.”

“طريقتي الخاصة” will be translated into English and published by Orion.

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2 Responses to طريقتي الخاصة, Girls, and Boys

  1. Manju says:

    When we held readings, we were surprised to see boys volunteering to try wearing a hijab:) It was fun

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