Muslim representation in children’s picture books is scarce. Especially books featuring black Muslims. Mommy’s Khimar is an important book for all teachers to share with their children.
About Mommy’s Khimar
A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn.
A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears.
Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head.
A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with everyone she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.
My review of Mommy’s Khimar
I love reading my children books that feature other cultures. For those that aren’t familiar with hijabs, or even explaining diversity with their children, Mommy’s Khimar in addition to several other books Olivia Lauren’s Guide to the Things We Wear and Muhiima’s Quest is perfect introductory books to explore.
The beauty of this story is how easily children will be able to relate to this story. We see the girl’s grandmother and teacher using other words for the khimar (hijab) and we learn just how much love really surrounds this character.
The bright and beautiful illustrations are adorable and really help bring this beautiful story to life. Anyone who has ever played dress up with their mother’s clothes will fall in love with this story. It’s so much more than what I’ve presented. Mommy’s Khimar is a wonderful enduring story of love.