May 2020 Explore Identity

Books of the Month

Text copyright © 2019 by Rukhsanna Guidroz. Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Dinara Mirtalipova. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Leila in Saffron

By Rukhsanna Guidroz; illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova (Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

When Leila visits her grandmother’s house for their weekly family dinner, she finds parts of herself and her heritage in the family, friends, and art around her.

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Front Desk

By Kelly Yang (Scholastic, Inc.)

While her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

By Sabina Khan (Scholastic Press)

After Rukhsana’s conservative Muslim parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, they whisk her away to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages.

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