The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly

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By Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 36 pages

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab - by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali brings readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

About the authors:

Ibtihaj Muhammad is a fencer and the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games. She is also the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women’s sabre team event. An activist, speaker, and entrepreneur, Ibtihaj has written a memoir, Proud, and inspired the first hijabi Barbie in her likeness.

S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits (Simon & Schuster, 2017)a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris award. Her debut novel won critical acclaim for its portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life. Saints and Misfits was featured on several Best Teen Novels of 2017 lists including from Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and the New York Public Library. It was also a CBC Canada Reads 2018 longlist title and featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NBC News, Huffington Post, Salon, Bustle, CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, The Social, The Morning Show and other North American media.

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. His work ranges from editorial illustration to children's books, storyboards and comics.

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly