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Mommy's Khimar

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,311 ratings  ·  308 reviews
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 headscarve
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Kate Narita
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
How I wish I would have had this book in my classroom last year! I had a student who wore a khimar, she called it hijab, but I didn't have any books that portrayed characters in a hijab. At the library, I found One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, that was it. Everyone needs a mirror when they pick up a book and Mommy's Khimar will do that for our female Muslim students. Besides providing a mirror for female Muslim students, Mommy's Khimar is a fanciful, fun read that will delight any reader who love ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
edit: So, I unexpectedly ended up with a couple of boys from the younger end of the elementary school that I needed to watch for like 20 minutes one day at my work. To keep them busy, I grabbed a variety of picture books for us to read, and this was one of the books I grabbed. I let the two boys pick which book we should start with, and one of the boys (a Muslim boy) emphatically wanted to read this book because, "She's Muslim!" The other boy was fine with reading this book first, so we did. Aft ...more
La Coccinelle
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This picture book is absolutely adorable! It follows a little girl as she tries on her mother's headscarves. The reader can clearly see how much love the child has for her mother (and the rest of her family, including her Christian grandmother), and what the khimar means to her. When she's wearing it, she envisions herself as a queen, a shooting star, and even a superhero.

The illustrations are not what I was expecting. The cover doesn't really do the rest of the book justice. The expressions on
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

I found this a delightful -- a warm, joyful look at family life and a little girl's fondness for her mother's khimars (particularly the yellow one, which becomes, in her imagination, wings, a cape, etc. etc. for her playtime pretending). I think children of many backgrounds will be able to relate an article of grown-ups clothing sparking the imagination, and to the little girl's special connection with an article of her mother's clothing... one that smells like mother and helps keep her
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book would probably work as a basic introduction to hijabs or khimar, for kids who don’t have those in their life, but it’s more focused on kids whose mums are hijabi, I think. It’s a very good depiction of that time— I remember it very clearly— in early childhood when you want to be Just Like Mommy. Everything she does is magic, especially grownup clothes, and makeup, and fancy hair things. And veils, if you’re Muslim. This is a really lovely look at what it’s like to be that age, and it’s ...more
I pinned a few pages (as I often do for longer books) for baby and toddler playgroup tomorrow! The theme is the letter K and this is PERFECT!
A young girl plays with her mother's beautiful khimars - an alternative word for hijab, often favored by African-American Muslims - in this brightly illustrated picture-book celebration. Selecting one in her favorite color (yellow), the girl has many imaginative adventures - playing at being a superhero, and a mama bird - as well as real-world ones, like attending mosque. In the end, the khimar is most important to the girl as a means of connecting her to her beloved mother...

One of a group of n
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, 2019
5 stars! 5,000 stars! A book hasn't made me this happy in a long time. Such an important message of diversity and inlcusivity (her Christian grandmother!) without bashing readers over the head. And a protagonist with so much imagination. Reminded me of being a child, which is what children's books should do for adults. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A little girl watches her mother put on her khimar, her flowing headscarf. Her mother has so many of them, all colors and patterns. The little girl loves to play with them, twirling around and imagining that she is a queen. She pretends she’s a superhero, a bird or a shooting star when she wears her favorite bright yellow one. She sometimes wears the khimar to see family or to go to the mosque. At night, she has to take off the khimar, but she still dreams about it and how it connects her to her ...more
Teryca Brooks-Long
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mommy’s Khimar
Author: Jamilah Thompson-Bigelow, Illustrations: Ebony Glenn
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Picture Book
Award: N/A
Audience: Ages 4-8
This is a book about a young girl who gets to spend the day wearing her mom’s khimar.
A. This book fits in the category because it exemplifies vibrant, illustrations that allow the reader to grasp the true emotion and passion in the story.
B. The distinct colors for each hijab really brought out the excitement in the young girls’ voice as she picked which one to pl
This is one of the sweetest books ever, with glowing illustrations by Ebony Glenn (the cover reminds me so much of the similar profile of Lisa looking at Corduroy). A little girl plays dress-up with her mother's khimar (head scarf). Muslim representation in picture books is still scarce, especially black Muslims, so that angle shines, while the fascination with dress-up and parents' clothing remains universally appealing to kids. ...more
Colona Public Library
Did you ever play with your mom's make-up or clothes as a kid? Or even wearing dad's shoes? I would with my mom's perfumes and jewelry. This book beautifully captures that moment, that feeling, the pride, and that imagination that comes with it. Really has some beautiful illustrations.

I highly recommend this book ~Ashley

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Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, and oh am I happy to have a picture book that is such a good introduction to the Khimar. What a great book for any collection looking to diversify so that all children find their mirrors and windows in the library!
Chantal Aurora
This one was so sweet and the art was beautiful. I loved seeing a little black Muslim girl feeling empowered and happy in her mom's khimar! We need more books like this. This was so wholesome and wonderful. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous book. Really well done. :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations and the concept of the story but some of it's repetitiveness took away from the message. ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set-muslim
The book Mommy’s Khimar is a realistic fiction that shows a small African-American Muslim girl explaining her love her the khimar (also known as hijab). The book starts off with explaining that her mother wears a hijab whenever she goes out and that there is a variety in what a hijab can look like. The little girl than explains what happens when she wears her favorite khimar, her mother's yellow khimar. She explains what she feels like when she wears it such as being a mama bird, superhero and q ...more
Baby Bookworm
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!

Hello, friends! Our book today is Mommy’s Khimar, written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Ebony Glenn, a lovely story of family and love.

A little girl watches her mother closely as the woman affixes her khimar – a flowing scarf that covers her head and hair – with fascination. Her mommy has a whole closet of khimars in seemingly every color and pattern in the rainbow – including
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picture book story of a mother and daughter who wear a Khimār or headscarf outside. A young girl loves her mother’s Khimār and her mother’s Khimārs. They are beautiful.
Jessie Oliveros
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found the pastel colors of this book immediately inviting. And the illustrations are so Disney-esque, bright, and happy--a promise fulfilled by the rest of the book! A little Muslim girl plays dress-up with her mother's khimar. We see her in the closet with the many-colored headscarves. We see her playing make-believe, snuggling her brother, and jumping into her daddy's arms. Children will be able to relate to this sweet little girl, which is great for those less familiar with her faith. I als ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Whimsical and warm illustrations, my daughter (six) really seemed to identify with the little girl in the book. So often khimar (khimars? I'm embarrassed to say this word wasn't in my vocabulary before reading this book) seems, at least to my white child living in an very nondiverse part of the world, different and foreign, which is why this book is so successful in making it seem lovely and familiar. The little girl likes to use her mother's khimar for dress up, pretending to be a queen, a supe ...more
Mary Ann
Mommy's Khimar is a delightful new picture book that is full of love, sunshine and imagination. A young Muslim girl plays dress up with her mother's khimar, or Islamic headscarf. When she wraps it around herself, she feels her mother's love surrounding her and she imagines all of the things she can be. The bright, warm illustrations convey all of this love and draw young readers to this story.

I especially appreciate how this picture book is both specific to this young girl's African American Mus
RLL220_Amanda Alvarado
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
This book is must read for children and adults. The book talks about a young Muslim American girl who loves her mom khimar. It's a beautiful story about a daughter that wants to be just like her mom. The illustrations alone make you feel like your in the story. The bright pastel colors make the khimar's look extremely beautiful. Every girl plays dress up with their mother's clothes but this shows a more powerful message for culture. The young girl says she feels like a superhero in her mother's ...more
Sabrina Barrientos
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Religious books
Audience:4-8 years
Summary: a beautifully written story about a little girl playing dress up with her mom’s headscarves and feeling the love her mother radiates every time she puts tries one on.
Specific Genre Prompts:
-It focuses on the Islam religion
-I will never get over the color the illustrator used for this book. All the colors are so bright and vibrant. You can feel the love between the mother and daughter. The happiness was just radiant and beauti
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very sweet mirror book that put a Muslim girl and her love for her mother’s khimar front and center. Not only did it delve into her imagination, with all the things she pretended to be while wearing the head scarf, it also portrayed a love for her mom and a way for her to be close to her even when they were separated. This book explored a lot in a small bit of lovingly illustrated space—Muslim identity and representation, mother-daughter love from the child’s point of view, and even inter-fait ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The pictures in this book are beautiful. It is so loving. I loved all the things the mom's khimar represented to the little girl: a queen's golden train, a mama bird's protective wings, a super-hero's cape. I loved the description of the mother's smell. This book was so full of love and I'm so happy that it will be an addition to our library. As a non-muslim person I really appreciated seeing the hijab from this perspective. ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Culture: Muslim American

A joyous little girl tells us all about her love of her mother's khimars and how she transforms them into imaginative play. Thompkins-Bigelow seamlessly weaves this Muslim symbol into her story for fellow Muslims and those unfamiliar with the Khimar/hijab. A sweet story of a daughter's adoration of her mother.

Reviewed by: Miss Kelsey, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library
Monica Clark-Robinson
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Luminous and lyrical, this book is just absolute picture book perfection. The sunny illustrations are gorgeous, and the text brings this little girl and her mommy to life for readers. An important and sensitive look at a faith and culture through a child's lens. Culturally diverse and specific--with a nod to the interfaith nature of many families. ...more
Holly Mueller
A celebration of the khimar/hijab, mothers, and a child's imagination. I love that Mom-Mom comes over from church, and the child's line is "She doesn't go to the mosque like Mommy and Daddy do. We are a family and we love each other just the same." I wish there had been an Author's Note in the back to teach us a little more about the khimar. Lots of diversity represented in the this book! ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful. The relationships, conversation, imagination, acceptance, and illustrations. It’s all just beautiful. Different family members have different religions and ways of worshipping or dressing, and they’re all okay with that. The daughter plays with one of her mother’s head coverings and imagines all the things it can be. Such a warm story. It makes my heart happy.
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