Title: Mommy’s Khimar
Author: Jamilah Thompskins-Bigelow
Illustrator: Ebony Glenn
Published: April 3, 2018
Theme: Diversity and Muslim
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 3.5 | Lexile Measure: AD560L
Synopsis: 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 every one 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.
This book has been on my watchlist for quite some time and I was elated when I saw it displayed at my public library. The cover was even more beautiful than I expected. The story is culturally appropriate and brings awareness to all the beautiful women that wear hijabs or khimars. I loved how Thompkins-Bigelow made the connection with going to a traditional church and going to the mosque. No matter the religion, we can all coexist and love one another in spite of our religious differences.
Glenn’s illustrations were lovely and flowed off the pages. The color choices and combinations were very welcoming and brought balance to the text. I love seeing brown girls and boys as main characters in children’s books. It really warms my heart that my kids get to see characters that look just like they do. This is an excellent book that reflects cultural and religious diversity. Regardless of your religion, we should all bestow human kindness. Don’t forget what our children learn starts at home.