Muslim Literature in the Classroom: Conversation with Hena Khan

Hena Khan joined I’m Your Neighbor Books and Diversifi-ED for a conversation about her novel Amina’s Song and a broader conversation about Muslim children’s picture books and novels in the classroom.

Thank you to Hena Khan, school Emergent Lingual & Cultural Competency Consultant Louise El Yaafouri of Diversifi-ED, and I’m Your Neighbor Books co-president and Portland Empowered director Pious Ali for this beautiful exchange of words and ideas. And thank you to our neighborhood marvel, PRINT: A Bookstore and the 100+ attending educators and librarians.

Here are some of the many resources during the conversation:


Listen to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qwali, the music Amina first hears in a Lahore marketplace:

Where We Are At

Learning from Justice: When Bad Things Happen

Learning for Justice: Showing Up Strong for Yourself—and Your Students—in the Aftermath of Violence

Learning for Justice: After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History

Creator & Hosts

Here are connections to some of the folks you met on the migthy Zoom!

Award-winning author Hena Khan

Recent Arriver & Cultural Competency Consultant Louise El Yaafouri

Pious Ali of Portland Empowered and I’m Your Neighbor Books

Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor Books and Curious City DPW

Children’s Bookseller Stephanie Heinz of PRINT: A Bookstore

Hena Khan’s Book

Explore Amina’s Song and her other titles at PRINT: A Bookstore.

Including Muslim Children’s Literature in the Classroom

Salaam Reads


Charter for Compassion

Teaching While Muslim

Hijabi Librarians: Evaluating Muslims in Kit Lit

Learning for Justice: Who Are American Muslims?

The Antiracist Table: 30 Day Challenge

Social Justice Books: Muslim Booklist

Lee & Low: Tackling Islamophobia with Children’s Books

I’m Your Neighbor Books

I’m Your Neighbor Books

Browse by Community

Browse by Theme

Pakistani/Pakistani American Kidlit

Nowhere Boy: Community-Wide Read on Muslim Immigrant Allyship

Welcoming Library