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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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NAYAAB KAUSER No, this book contains 15 stories and each of them is about the importance of Eid, the significance it holds in the Muslim community and the love that…moreNo, this book contains 15 stories and each of them is about the importance of Eid, the significance it holds in the Muslim community and the love that is shared among family, friends and relatives on this day. And who can forget the delicious food, presents and the fun!(less)

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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
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish I had this EXACT BOOK when I was a kid.

This is a perfect delight of a middle grade book filled with short stories about celebrations of Eid, and let me tell you, as a child who was admittedly growing up in a super homogenous (read: white) community, this would have made a world of difference.

In conclusion: I am so glad that children have this and that adult me has it too!!

goodreads rules because you can say, in passing in a review, "i want to read to more books with
✨ 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 - ★★★★☆

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
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read this book in 2020 but i'm still thinking about it. It has the most accurate muslim representation i've ever read, the stories are so heartwarming, so sweet and it gives an insight on what Ramadan means to te muslim community and how families from different ethnicities celebrate it. I usually don't read middle grade books but i've gotten into them last year and i'm so glad i did!
If you want to read a diverse book by authors of color i urge you to support and read this one! For you or
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
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
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
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so festive. I like reading about different cultures and this book had that warm, comfy, welcoming feeling to it. Although each story is centred around Eid but it still shared something unique that I as a reader could resonate with. Be it the joy of seeing the community getting together by sharing traditional food or seeing someone trying to know the meaning behind Eid felt so personal and real. The best part about this Anthony is how all the authors incorporated islamic principles l ...more
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
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
this both made me cry and gave me the best feelings possible
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
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
Tahoora Hashmi
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Did someone say diversity? Because this book is fillllllled with it in ways I did not expect. Once upon an Eid is a collection of short stories written by various Muslim authors that talk about Eid's celebration in various households around the world under various circumstances.

We are talking eid, the excitement before eid, the food, the eid dress dilemma, an eid where we don't feel like celebrating, an eid where our loved ones are suffering, an eid when you have just lost someone close to you,
4 stars

Anthologies are usually very hit or miss for me, but I absolutely loved this one! It was so full of unapologetic joy and family and community and reading it made me feel so happy. I don’t think I would rate a single story in here under 3 stars, but my favorites were Yusuf and the Great Big Brownie Mistake, Don’ut Break Tradition, Just Like Chest Armor, The Feast of Sacrifice, and Searching for Blue.
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
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!
It's been a while since I delved into some middle-grade (The Mysterious Benedict Society doesn't count) and this one was a very sweet, wholesome read on the joy and celebration of Eid, giving us an inside look into how diversely Eid is celebrated around the world as well as giving non-Muslims a better understanding of their religion and culture.

But anyway, here are some OwnVoices reviews you should look at instead—this one is Sha's, and this one is Naz's.

Some favourites: Perfect, Just Like Chest
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.
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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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