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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Meet Yasmin! Yasmin Ahmad is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Picture Window Books
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a super cute and fun read. Each of the stories engages the curiosity and creativity of young children through short illustrated anecdotes that present a problem or challenge and lead to a solution through Yasmin exercising her imagination and brainstorming. Yasmin's Pakistani family and heritage are seamlessly integrated into the story, and the final pages include a glossary and facts sheet that teach a little Urdu and
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! Yasmin is a curious, adorable Pakistani American second-grader. Her interests take her from being an explorer, to a painter, and lastly, to being a fashionista.

Meet Yasmin! is a great book that encourages children to engage with the world around them and be imaginative. It also features a Pakistani American family whose customs and cultures are naturally integrated into the book - and are a seamless part of Yasmin and her daily life. All of this is aided by some
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
Four delightful stories with illustrations to match. The MC, Yasmin, is creative and bold while also finding her way through sometimes being worried or unsure. Relatable and full of spirit and fun, this early reader/early chapter book is a treat.
Jen Petro-Roy
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. We so need more diverse early readers, and Yasmin! delivers. I love her spunk and energy.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This amazing children's book introduces readers to the delightful Yasmin, along with her Muslim family from Pakistan, as we see her navigate a host of interesting situations with charisma and creativity, illustrating how multifaceted such an #ownvoices character can be!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute book about a little 2nd grade girl, Yasmin, who is Pakistani American. She has different adventures that make her have to think things through to reach a solution. In one she has to learn to read a map. In another, she has to figure out what to do when she rips some of her mother's clothes. And my favorite is when she realizes that when given a project that involved building structures, that she could build the bridges that connected all the other buildings that others had ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

Yasmin is an absolutely delightful character who is a breath of fresh air on the early chapter book scene. She's spunky, animated and full of big ideas that are all her own. Her personality is huge, as is her imagination, and she resolves her challenges with independence and creativity. She's a girl that every young person should get to know, and I particularly love the ways in which children will be able to relate to her,
Finally - A series at a text complexity level similar to Frog and Toad that is culturally relevant and engaging. Readers in grades 1-3 will fall in love with Yasmin and her family. Students could read this book with a book club or in partnerships and discuss Yasmin's feelings, her reactions to a problem, and how the minor characters in this text support one another. There are four separate stories in this book that can be read separately or all in a row.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, this was adorable! I'm gonna go nominate it for the Monarch. (Side note for you librarians - your state award lists are always desperately in need of nominations! Go do it!)
Jillian Heise
Will definitely be adding to my school library as a fun, positive identity representation to include in our transitional chapter book section.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

Meet Yasmin, a tiny little girl with big plans!

This book consists out of 4 stories. In each story Yasmin is trying out something else!

First story: Yasmin the Explorer: 4 stars. Yasmin is going to make a map of the neighbourhood, she is going to be an explorer! This was just adorable. I know I did the same thing when I was a child. Making a map of my home and neighbourhood, exploring every nook and cranny of it.
Only then Yasmin
Camille DeAngelis
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a delightful book! Yasmin is a smart and curious heroine, and the emphasis on creative problem solving is one I hope readers will carry with them. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful, as is the section at the end of the book with facts about Pakistan and a recipe for mango lassi.
Aliza Werner
Transitional chapter book featuring smart and spunky 2nd grader Yasmin whose family is Pakistani.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yasmin’s character is a wonderful addition to the world of children’s literature!
Amanda Rawson Hill
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect early reader. very sweet with a great character and loving family! It shows a lovely diverse community. This should be in every school and library.
Papatia Feauxzar
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked Yasmin the Builder the most.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of 4 of the Beginning Readers about Yasmin collected into one volume.
Christina Carter
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-excursion
Note: Review of Advance Reader Copy Provided by Capstone | Book Releases August 1, 2018

Through four different stories, the reader gets to know Yasmin as an explorer, a painter, a builder, and a fashionista. As an explorer, she gets to learn about maps, being aware of her surroundings, and having a plan of action when she gets lost. As a painter, the reader gets to walk through the creative process with Yasmin. From feeling less than confident, staring at a blank canvas, searching for
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was part of the MN Ed Academy session on great new diverse books for kids, but ooof, it was disappointing.

Yasmin is a Pakistani American living with her parents and grandparents in the city. She's in second grade. There are four sections with cleverly targeted titles (the builder, the fashionista, the explorer, the painter) that make parents seeking strong female characters swoon. But then you get into the pages and it turns out that instead of encouraging Yasmin to stretch her
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
A special thanks to Netgalley for giving me an advanced copy of this book to read and review. Even though I read it initially, due to personal reasons, I couldn’t review it prior to the publication. So here it is now

The main thing that I really appreciate about “Meet Yasmin!” is having a Pakistani American family as the theme. Considering how there is so much hatred towards people from different cultures, religious, orientation etc. it is refreshing to see a children’s tale featuring a
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for children ages 5 -8.

This is perfect! I love Yasmin; she's a great character who will be relatable and aspirational for kids. She has insecurities and fears but she also has enough courage to face them. Kids will relate to plot points like getting lost, being bored, feeling frustrated about not being talented/skilled enough at something, etc.

The art was cute and I enjoyed the diverse characters in the background. It wasn't simply a template where the skin colors were changed; each

Ms. Yingling
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from

Second grader Yasmin has lots of adventures in her ordinary life. She explores her neighborhood with her mother, getting just a tiny bit lost, has some difficulty deciding what her artistic talent is for a school art show, struggles with a class project centered around building things, and gets in a little trouble while her grandmother and grandfather are babysitting her and she raids her mother's closet. Despite her sometimes misguided enthusiasm, Yasmin manages to
Ben Langhinrichs
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for a while to get a chance to read Saadia Faruqi's upcoming chapter book, Meet Yasmin!, and I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy from NetGalley.

Oh my gosh, this is such a delightful book, and Yasmin is such a fun and engaging second grader, she absolutely deserves that exclamation point in the title. Yasmin's family is Pakistani (as is the author), so the text is sprinkled with a few words in Urdu that kids will find easy to learn and fun to use. She is perfectly
Amber Webb
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read Yasmin from the time Saadia announced it! I was not disappointed (and neither was my daughter). My seven year old picked up before I even had a chance and read it in one sitting. She appreciated that the three stories were brief and simple but jam packed with fun and adventure. We both enjoyed learning about a family different than ours in this #ownvoices book that provided us a window into a new-to-us culture.
Yasmin is an adorable little girl who is curious, passionate
Lisa Reed
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
Meet Yasmin is a lively introduction to an Islamic family. While the author does not share much about religion, she shares new words, clothing and the family unit. This is an easy chapter book for a second grader. It actually has four different stories about Yasmin. She is an explorer in one story with two chapters. Then using three chapters, Yasmin is a painter, a builder and a fashionista.

Each story builds on knowing Yasmin and her family. They help her and encourage in all her endeavors.
Mary Ann
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yasmin is a vivacious second-grader who's always looking for ways to solve problems she gets into. Her multigenerational Pakistani-American family is supportive, giving her the space to figure things out and also offering some help along the way.

Meet Yasmin! is a short chapter book with four separate stories within it--these help keep the pacing moving quickly for young readers new to chapter books. Each story is divided into three short chapters. You can also purchase the stories individually,
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
diverse children's beginning chapter book (Pakistani-American Muslim second-grader).
The illustrations are cute and appealing and we definitely need more diverse characters like Yasmin, but the story was not as funny or entertaining as other beginning chapter books and I'm afraid a lot of younger readers (especially the struggling ones) will lose interest and stop reading--the copy I borrowed from the library had pencil markings along the words for the first couple episodes, but none after.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been excited about MEET YASMIN, Saadia Faruqi's kidlit debut, ever since I heard about it—and it did not disappoint! Yasmin will easily join beloved early reader characters; her spunk, problem-solving, and relatable adventures are perfect for preschoolers and early elementary school kids. (And probably one of the most important things to me in an early reader—I enjoyed reading it aloud as much as my 5 year old old enjoyed listening!) I was also completely blown away by how delightful Hatem ...more
Samantha Clark
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun series author Saadia Faruqi has written for young readers, and the beautiful illustrations by Hatem Aly will delight.

Yasmin is a curious go-getter of a second-grader who comes up against a number of challenges in this first book of the series and deals with them all beautifully. One of the things I loved was that Yasmin wasn't always the best at everything, but when she found she couldn't do a task as well as others, she'd use her own talent to contribute in her own way.

I read an ARC
Sara Grochowski
I’m a huge fan of this early chapter book, perfect for readers transitioning from leveled readers to slightly longer, chaptered stories! Saadia Faruqi’s Yasmin is a vibrant character with diverse interests and an engaging personality readers will surely love. Hatem Aly’s full-color illustrations are fantastic; his depictions of Yasmin’s emotions, especially through her eyes and body language, are particularly engaging. If you’re looking for something new to give readers of Katie Woo and The ...more
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Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and currently resides in Houston, TX with her husband and two children. She writes for a number of publications online about the global contemporary Muslim experience. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her short stories have been ...more

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Yasmin (10 books)
  • Yasmin the Fashionista
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  • Yasmin the Explorer
  • Yasmin the Teacher
  • Yasmin the Superhero
  • Yasmin in Charge
  • Yasmin the Chef
  • Yasmin the Zookeeper
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