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Under My Hijab

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  796 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Lee & Low Books
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book to my son and having a discussion gave me the courage to do something. Last night I was at Chipotle ordering dinner to go. I hesitated a moment and then asked the young girl taking my order if she was wearing was a hijab. She looked at me wearily and replied, "Yes, it is." I then said, "I read an amazing picture book called Under My Hijab to my seven-year-old last night and it was so awesome to have a discussion about it!" She immediately smiled and said, "Really? What is the ...more
Michele Knott
More books like this, please.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Under My Hijab is a celebration of a beautiful element of traditional Muslim culture. Hena Khan shares in gentle rhyme and Aaliya Jaleel vividly depicts with colorful illustrations all the ways girls and women use hijabs in their busy lives, in work and play, to express their beliefs and complement their beauty. The final notes of the author provides information about the hijab, including the interesting side note that the author herself, despite being an observant Muslim, chooses not to wear a ...more
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Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Under My Hijab feels like a breath of fresh air with everything that has gone around in the world lately. It celebrates the diversity within the Hijab community through the eyes of a Muslim child. The girl observes her family members who wear the hijab: how they wear it, how they style their hair when they are not wearing it, and what their interests are. The illustrations are stunning and the writing’s rhyme scheme is gorgeous. We really
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a girl talking about all the amazing women in her life (mother, aunt, cousin, sister, etc.). We meet them all in a public space working or playing and wearing hijab and then we get a glimpse of them at home without it. It's uplifting and a lovely celebration of this cultural dress aspect. It is fresh and modern and bright. Definitely should be added to public library and school library shelves.
Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
Celebrating diversity and self-expression, Under My Hijab is a beautiful exploration of the different ways that Muslim women and girls choose to wear (or not to wear) the hijab as an expression of their faith.

Told in rhyming couplets, a young girl watches her family and friends as they do the things they love: her mother the doctor attends to patients at work and gardens at home, her teenage cousin pursues a black belt in tae kwon do and then has a dance party with her, and so many more of the
Keila Dawson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
UNDER MY HIJAB is the story of a young girl who observes how, when, and where her female family members wear their individual headscarves. Hena Khan's story is for anyone curious about modern Muslim women who chose to wear a hijab. Most often women cover their hair, ears, and neck but to show just how individual that choice is, the cool artist aunt covers her hair and ears pinned with a handmade jewel. Illustrator Aaliya Jaleel adds other details like henna designs worn on the hands of these ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific way to introduce a piece of Muslim culture to others. It was pages of learning for me and I can only imagine the deep discussions that would be had by families with children. I’m so glad to see more #ownvoices books gracing our library’s shelves. It warms my heart to see little kids racing up to a book because they see themselves or someone they love depicted on the cover.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Author’s Note in this book tells us that Islam asks its followers to dress in a modest way. A hijab is the common name for the headscarf that Muslim women wear to cover their hair. Khan writes:

“They may choose to dress in the hijab to reflect their faith, to feel closer to God, or because they believe their religion requires them to keep these parts of the body private.”

Many Muslim women take off the hijab in the privacy of their homes, and many Muslim women choose not to wear it at all. It
Alex  Baugh
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Little girls love to look up to and try to emulate their mothers and other women they admire, often wearing their jewelry, scarves and/or shoes, or carrying their purses. And why not? These are the women who love them and care for them, and who try to make the world a safe place for them. Here is a book that invites readers into the world of a young Muslim American girl who also looks up to the women around her who follow the teachings of Islam and choose to wear a hijab as part of their daily ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In this picture book, young girl describes how six women who are close to her wear their hijab in public and also how they dress when they are at home. From her grandmother, a baker, to her aunt and cousin, to a scout troop leader, the girl tells about a variety of ways a hijab can be worn. There is even a cousin who has a sports hijab. Written in rhyme, the book ends with the girl thinking about how she will style her own hijab if she decides to wear one. There are
Maggie Mattmiller
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Important book in a classroom library! Love that this book shows that Muslim women do everything any woman might do. It also shows that under the hijab is hair that looks like many other colors and styles women have. Sometimes fear is just from not knowing, so this book allows kids who might know anyone close to them who wears a hijab, to see that women who do are just like any other woman in their life! Students need books that are windows and mirrors. For many students in my school, this book ...more
Kate Hastings
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grades K-4. Rhyming text show women who choose to wear the hijab in many different careers/settings, contrasting it to their hair/what is shown in the privacy of home and amongst females.

I think this is an important book because it satisfies the curiosity many non-Muslims have about the hijab-- what's under there? Why is worn so many different ways? The author notes the different reasons and situations where Muslim women might decide to wear this traditional head covering. It opens a good
I can't say enough about this book! Readers get an intimate look at different at the women in the main character's life and see how they wear their hijab to bring out their unique personality and how they style their hair when they are at home. This is such a beautiful book that celebrates diversity - Hena Kahn, please keep writing! Under My Hijab is Aaliyah Jaleel's debut picture book, and her illustrations are warm and expressive.

I added this book to my collection of mentor texts for
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Excellent children's book about the hijab.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book with beautiful drawings. I'm glad to see hijabs spoke in a positive light.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to use when describing diversity to a young child. The author does a wonderful job and the book also has beautiful illustrations.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Under My Hijab, written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel, is a celebratory picture book that highlights the diversity of Muslim women and girls. The story unfolds from the point-of-view of a pre-adolescent girl who does not often wear a hijab, likely due to her age. The reader is introduced to women in her world who do wear a hijab, all of whom the narrator admires. The narrator’s grandmother is a baker, her mother a doctor, her Auntie an
Abby Johnson
This beautiful book shows many different Muslim women (including a white-appearing woman, representation which I have not seen before) wearing hijab and relaxing at home and not wearing hijab. This is a great book to start a conversation about hijab or to answer questions from young children who might be curious about what's under a woman's hijab. An author's note at the end explains reasons why Muslim women might choose to wear hijab and that some observant Muslim women choose not to wear ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rhyming picture book about the main character's observations of the friends and family in her life who wear the hijab (Muslim head scarf) in public, and how their hair looks when they aren't wearing it (in private or in the company of other girls). An note in the back, "About the Hijab," explains more, including that the author is an observant Muslim woman who chooses not to wear it. Illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel have multiple skin tones depicted and break some stereotypes (Muslim women ...more
This awesome picture book makes a great mirror book for young readers of the Muslim faith that want to recognize themselves and their families in stories. And it also makes a great window book to help young non-Muslim readers understand the traditional head-covering worn by many women of this faith. The little girl considers the hijabs worn by the different women in her family and neighborhood and how each wears it according to their own personal style. The little girl is proud of all of these ...more
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, diverse
I try to educate myself through the books I read. I love it that Muslim women can feel comfortable wearing traditional clothing they want to wear. I would love to share this book with children and their parents. Adults don't have a tendency to see a person's face, just the Hijab. Kids, thank goodness, are aware of everything, and they usually look in a person's face first. Please make eye contact. Be polite. A non-Muslim woman applauding her friend who choose to express their faith by protecting ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely. I really like that the author and illustrator captured the diversity of not just the world, but of hijab wearers. Every woman and girl depicted has a different skin tone or hair color or hair texture or style of hijab, plus the background characters are all different too, and it's great!

I also REALLY like that the author and illustrator are both Muslim women. It gives this book a level of authenticity that I think would be missing otherwise.
This is a wonderful book about girls who wear hijabs. They can wear their hijabs in many locations such as school, home, hiking, during sports, and during many activities. Hijabs is a way to dress modestly for many Muslim women and it isn't bad or inconvenient. It's normal and can look very, very pretty. Wearing a hijab is a source of pride for many Muslim women and not scary in the least. This is a wonderful picture book about girls who wear hijabs as a normal part of their lives.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb
A cheerful rhyming picture book showing a girl’s family and friends - how and where they wear their hijabs. Back matter explains the different purposes of the hijab and how different women choose to wear it depending on their interpretation of what their faith requires and how they choose to reflect their faith.
Kris Dersch
So sweet and lovely that I forgave it for being a dreaded rhyming picture book, and the rhymes were not bad at all. I love how each woman was portrayed as being her whole unique self, both while out in the world wearing her hijab and at home without it. Great way to share this culture with kids who are unfamiliar or celebrate it with kids who know it well.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: picture-books
Great way to introduce hijabs in a way that is thoughtful and empowering. I love that it showed how each woman styles their hijabs and that the young girl reflects on how she might wear hers one day.
Beautiful illustrations, great rhyming, and lovely writing really make this book stand out.
Putting this on display in the library.
Rachel Grover
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Loved it. Great for all elementary libraries, this picture book shows various elements of life where Muslim women wear hijabs: in sports, outdoors, at the office, etc, while also showing the same characters without hijabs at home and with other women/girls. A lovely mirror and window book. A great debut from an illustrator still in school!
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