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Once Upon an Eid

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Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!

Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of puttin
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Amulet Books
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may ❀
full reviews finally posted

you guyssss!!

i cannot recommend this anthology enough!!! especially for my muslim friends, if you're able to, ABSOLUTELY read this during the end of ramadan/during the days of eid because it gave me the most wonderful, warm, happy, celebratory feelings

a few things i want to mention before diving into mini reviews for each story, these books are targeted towards a younger audience. they have more straight forward writing, morals, and lesson. to me, most of the stories
✨ A ✨
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ✨ A ✨ by: may ❀
it's been years since I've read a middle grade. But since it's a week till Eid (!!!) I think this will be a perfect read to get me into the celebratory feels!!

Y'all this better have the Muslim rep I need. I cant handle another book misrepresenting us
Ahmed  Ejaz
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, full-lengths
I used to wonder how Eid feels like in other countries. This anthology is perfect to read if you are wondering the same. It has all the wonderful stories about Eid and all of them end on a happy note of joy and celebration.⁣
The best thing I found about this anthology is that not all Muslim characters were portrayed so unrealistically good or perfect. They had flaws which they realized in the stories. And I feel them close to the reality too.⁣
All of the authors in this anthology were ne
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saajid Hosein
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC review.

Masha'Allah, this was was the cutest and purest thing I've read. I love the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, experinces that were represented in here. I especially love that their was a story about a Shia Mulsim girl. This is the kind of story that Muslim kids deserve in 2020 and I'm so happy it exists. I'll do a fuller review a bit later, but for now, please pre-order this book.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
WE DID IT FOLKS! I finally found an anthology I love from start to finish 😭

I read this in one day on Eid and that was the most perfect thing I could have done. Every single story is so different but ultimately they all surround Eid, and the spirit and vibe of Eid is so present in each one of them no matter what type of story it is or the themes it explored. Each story surrounds a specific theme that pertains to the celebration (joy, gratefulness, community, hope, generosity, etc...) and I really
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Abrams Books

Many thanks to Abrams Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Perfect by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow - ★★★★☆

Yusuf and the Great Big Brownie Mistake by Aisha Saeed - ★★★★☆

Kareem Means "Generous" by Asmaa Hussein - ★★★☆☆

Don'ut Break Tradition by S.K. Ali - ★★★★☆

Just Like Chest Armor by Candice Montgomery - ★★★★.5

Gifts by Rukhsana Khan - ★★.5☆☆

The Feast of Sacrifice by Hena Khan - ★★★☆☆

Seraj Captures the Moon by G. Willow Wilson & Sara Alfageeh - ★★★★☆

Oct 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
I need it and I need it NOW.
Rida Imran
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Eid Mubarak everyone!


Highly recommend to everyone. It's time to diversify what you read and learn about other experiences. There's a lot of misconceptions and Islamophobia out there educate yourself


I'm a 23 year old Muslim. When I was growing up there were no mainstream books with Muslim characters except for maybe The Kite Runner but that was a refugee story. I'm not saying that's not important; it was and I love that book. But the Muslims you see regularly like us did not have character
Umairah | Sereadipity
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
4.5 stars

Once Upon an Eid was a heart warming and uplifting anthology all about the indescribable joy of Eid and its power to bring people together. It was full of wholesome, own-voices Muslim representation and it's a brilliant read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. As a Muslim, I felt like a saw a small piece of myself in every story and I think many others will feel the same. I loved how Muslims with so many different cultures and Eid traditions were represented. Reading this anthology duri
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This may be one of the best anthologies I've ever read. Every story was delightful and unique, and the idea that the anthology is about Eid and how Eid can be and look and celebrated differently by Muslims, highlighting how beautiful Islam and diverse Muslim people are? I loved it!

- This anthology contains 15 short stories accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Sara Alfageeh, about young Muslim kids during Eid and centers on what Eid represents and celebrates.
- There are stories by and about
S.K. Ali
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You know that delish feeling of being wrapped in the warmth of a story filled with characters confident and true? How it feels like the whole world is content but it's not out there being content, it's actually in your heart being content? Contained and cozy?
That's a readerly-feeling I got to experience often as a kid -- in books like All-of-a-Kind-Family and Beverly Cleary's works. And Judy Blume's Fudge-escapades!
And now, we present you the same cozies, in settings familiar to those who've exp
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
i received an ARC of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange of an honest review. this does not affect my thoughts in any way.

Once Upon an Eid is a celebration of the joy and magic that is Eid. throughout multiple short stories, we discover Eid through multiple cultures and families. and it was. so. cute. i even felt tears in the corners of my eyes multiple times.

each contributor in this anthology brings something new and special. i felt more love growing inside me after e
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC received via netgalley.

Once upon an Eid is an anthology of stories about Muslim holidays that are filled with joy, happiness, diversity and love. It's edited by one of my favourite authors S.K.Ali and Aisha Saeed, with contributions from 13 other authors.

This was really, really cute. This won't be the longest review because this is written as a children's book and really isn't very complicated.... but there's no denying that many of these stories were absolutely adorable. These stories were
faith ✨
this was so sweet!!

3.5 stars, rtc
The Nerd Daily
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Annie McCann

The holy month of Ramadan is the 9th month on the Islamic Calendar. It is the holiest month of the year for Muslims as it was during the month of Ramadan when Islam was born. This is the time Muslims observe the fast during daylight hours to remember those less fortunate and to also reflect on our lives and remember to remain humble. A time for prayer, a time of family and togetherness. Of course, this year – everything has changed b
Shehzeen Muzaffar
As a kid this book would've made all the difference but I am so glad that this book exists and so many Muslim kids would be able to see themselves in these characters and will feel the same joy these characters felt.

I was so excited for this book and it didn't disappoint me at all. Because the book is middle grade, all of the stories are very straightforward and easy to understand. Each story brings something very unique to the whole book and I absolutely loved all of them.

Listen, I have read s
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Insightful. Fun. Juvenile.

This was quite an enjoyable read. As a non-Muslim person, this anthology was such an incredible insight into the culture of Islam and more specifically Eid. I want to begin this review by expressing how important I believe this book to be, and how incredible I know it will be for young kids to be able to finally see themselves in the stories they choose to read. The fact that this entire anthology is told through own-voices authors was a marvelous idea, and I'm so happy
Elvina Zafril
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Bismillah. For all readers who know Eid joy, and for all who want to share in it.

Have you ever feel like when you read a book you feel the warmth and comforting when you finished reading it? That's how I felt with Once Upon an Eid.

There are 15 stories in total by 15 muslim authors. All short stories are incredibly amazing. Some are fun and some are sad. However, I felt 15 stories are not enough. Am I greedy? Yes, I am.

All the stories contained so much moral values and this book targeted on young
Fizah(Books tales by me)
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
I am not a fan of short stories, It is hard to keep a good balance. When I came across this book, I just knew that I have to read it.

It is based on 15 stories, celebrating eid in different cultures, countries and families. Eid is just around the corner so It is perfect time to read it.

I just loved the concept...Stories were simple, beautiful and heartwarming. Some were like sunshine in chilly winters others were like finding shadow of trees in hot summer afternoon. One thing was common in all st
✦ Maica ✦
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
And that's how Makayla would always remember her first Eid-patched together, yet imperfectly perfect.

Big thanks to Divine. I wouldn't have discovered this book without her. Check our her amazing review here: click me!

This is one of those books that I'm proud I've read. The Philippines is a melting pot of different beliefs and cultures. Muslims are a huge part of that community. But up until today, I haven't read any books about them. This book has greatly educated me about the cultur
rachel ☾
super sweet mg anthology. review tc!

Perfect by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow // ★★★☆☆
Yusuf and the Great Big Brownie Mistake by Aisha Saeed // ★★★★☆
Kareem Means ‘Generous’ by Asmaa Hussein // ★★★★★
Don’ut Break Tradition by S.K. Ali // ★★☆☆☆
Just Like Chest Armor by Candice Montgomery // ★★★★★
Gifts by Rukhsana Khan // ★★★★☆
The Feast of Sacrifices by Hena Khan // ★★★☆☆
Seraj Captures the Moon by G. Willow Wilson & Sara Alfageeh // ☆☆☆☆☆ (not in my eARC)
Searching for Blue by N.H. Senzai // ★★★★☆
Rameela (Star)
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Initial thoughts: I felt so emotional while reading such heartwarming relatable and beautiful stories!!!!
This is one of those rare anthologies where I actually enjoyed every single story. It was so wonderful to get a glimpse of what it can be like to celebrate Eid!
What does Eid mean to you? A time for celebration? A transition between fasting and feasting or perhaps a time to share gifts with those whom you love? As a non-Muslim, I found that Ali and Saeed’s Once Upon an Eid, a collection of 15 short stories from a range of Muslim voices, showed me something different – it is all these things and more.

Authors S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, both accomplished children’s writers in their own right, have invited 13 other voices to contribute to this collection of
Apr 18, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Super cute! Personal favorite stories were Ashley Franklin’s and Hannah Alkaf’s but the whole thing is full of celebration and family and love and joy.
Amy Layton
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I read this--I certainly came out of it having learned so much about Eid and why it's so important and for all the different reasons.  I think this anthology got stronger the more you read, and I loved that the themes and style matched with the age of each main character.  I also appreciated that there was a comic short story!  It certainly goes to show that the love of Eid transcends different types of media.

"Kareem Means 'Generous'" and "Don'ut Break Tradition" were my top two in t
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
This was such an adorable collection of stories! I loved seeing how different cultures and families celebrate Eid. The food descriptions made me so hungry lol, so reading this while fasting was a challenge 😂 But there was so much great representation, and it was nice to see families in different situations all celebrating the same holiday. Some of the stories broke my heart, and I almost cried more times than I can count. My favourite story has to be "Not Only An Only" because it was the first t ...more
I really liked this anthology. The short stories were sweet and informative and gave insight into many different voices and lives.

"Perfect" by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow - 4 stars
"Yusuf and the Great Big Brownie Mistake" by Aisha Saeed - 3 stars
"Kareem Means ‘ Generous’" by Asmaa Hussein - 5 stars
"Don’ut Break Tradition" by S. K. Ali - 4 stars
"Just Like Chest Armor " by Candice Montgomery - 4 stars
"Gifts " by Rukhsana Khan - 2 stars
"The Feast of Sacrifice" by Hena Khan - 3 stars
"Seraj Captures the
Close Enough
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: eng2020, english
A pack of stories about the preps of Eid from various of  countries around the world,  handful of muslims describe the different rituals of the celebration with  their families  ,
The activities during this outstanding occasion differ from culture to another and muslims in the worldwide have myriad of traditions to show their happiness .
The stories are very delightful and amusing.
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S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, winner of the 2018 APALA Honor award, the 2017 Middle East Book Honor Award, and a 2018 William C. Morris Award finalist. Her second novel, LOVE FROM A TO Z, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, was an Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Young Adult Book of 2019. She also has a picture book co-authored with Team USA Olympic Medalist, Ibtih ...more

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