Chapter Books For Muslim Children and Teens

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We all want our children to be avid readers but we also want to make sure that what they are reading is appropriate for them. When you have speedy readers who can go through a few books in one day it can be a little difficult to keep up! Pre-reading and screening requires quite a bit of time. Alhumdulilah there are some helpful sites that have done some of the work for you. These sites screen for religious and sexual content, violence and language. They also write a description to give you an idea of what the book is about. Here are some sites that I found to be the most helpful:

Parental Book Review

Focus On The Family

Mamma Booworm 

Bookalachi 

 

The following is a list of good chapter books for Muslim children compiled by me and my daughters:

1. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Beloved by T. Morrison

3. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

5. A Garland For Girls By Louisa May Alcott

6. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David  Wyss.

7. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9. Aunt Kipp by Louisa May Alcott

10. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

11. Laura Ingles Little House on The Prairie (series)

12. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggen

13. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

14. Dear America Series

15. Royal Diary Series

16. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney

17. Five Little Peppers and Their Friends by Margaret Sidney

18. Chains (Seeds of America) by Laurie Halse Anderson

19. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

20. Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

21. The Moon Bridge by Marcia Savin

22. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chadler Warner

23. Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary

24. Roll of Thunder Hear Me Cry  by Mildred D. Taylor

25. The city of Ember by Jeanne Duprau

26. First Light by Rebecca Stead

27. The Land of Elyon Book 1 by Patrick Carman

28. Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

29. Remnants by KA Applegate

30. American Chills by Elizabeth Massie

31. Kidnapped by Gordon Korman

32. Island by Gordon Korman

33. The Wright 3 by BlueBalliett

34. Ribbon by Laurence Yep

35. Thief of Heart by Laurence Yep

36. Double Identity by  Margaret Peterson Haddix

37. Claim to Fame by  Margaret Peterson Haddix

38. Escape From memory by Margaret Peterson Haddix

39. The House on The Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix

40. Don’t You Dare Read This Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix

41. Take offs and Landings by Margaret Peterson Haddix

42. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

43. Esperanza Rising  Pam Munoz Ryan

44. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolf

45. Sounder by William H. Armstrong

46. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

47. Now is Your Time by The African American Struggle For Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

49. Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford. (suggested by a member of Successful Muslim Homeschooling)

50. Hariet Tubman : Conductor on The Underground Railroad by Ann Perry

51. The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

52. Alex and The Ironic Gentleman by Adrienna Kress

 

Here is a list of Islamic chapter books for teens that my daughters have read. I have read most of them and found them to be quite interesting and very well written. Admittedly this list is much shorter than the other but keep checking back as we plan to buy/check out more Islamic books for Muslim Teens in the future.

1. Layla Deen by Yahiya Emerick (series)

2. Ahmad Deen by Yahiya Emerick (series)

3. Isabella a Girl of Muslim Spain Yahiya Emerick

4. Invincible Abdullah Series by Haji U. Hutchinson

5. The Unveiled by Ameerah A Rahman

6. If I Should Speak by Umm Zakiyyah

7. The Size of a Mustard Seed by Umm Juwayriyah

8. A Voice  by Umm Zakiyyah

 

I hope you found this information helpful. Please feel free to share more good reads for Muslim children and teens in the comment box. Many moms will benefit from your input. Thanks for stopping by and please come again. :-)

 

“And those who believed and whose descendants followed them in faith – We will join with them their descendants, and We will not deprive them of anything of their deeds. Every person, for what he earned, is retained…” [Quran 52:21] 

3 comments

  1. Marla says:

    Hi. Thank you for the list. I am curious what criteria you used to determine if a book was Islamically acceptable. Also, would you change your opinion on any of the books if the child is below a certain age? JZK.

    • Jamila Alqarnain says:

      Salamualaikum, I tried not to include any books that have magic as I know some Muslim parents do not allow their children to read books with magic in them. None of the books should have sexual content. We also screened for inappropriate behavior such as swearing, disrespect to parents or other unruly behavior. I did not put an age by each book as each child matures at a different rate so the parent will need to read the description and determine if the book is ok for their child.

      • hafsah says:

        assalamoalaikum sister my son does not like to read at all he is a typical teenager the only books he reads are magazines of WWE he is fascinated by these wrestlers any advice on how to get him interested to read

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