Explore the heart of Palestinian culture through the eyes of its youngest storytellers. Our curated book list for children unveils a world of resilience, heritage, and hope.
13 Must-Read Children’s Books About Palestine for Muslim Children
Discover the cultural richness and historical depth of Palestine through this handpicked selection of children’s books. Each book provides a unique perspective on Palestinian life, aiming to educate and inspire young readers.
“My Garden Over Gaza” by Sarah Musa
This touching story follows Noura, a big sister caring for her brother Esam, in their life in Gaza. As their mother works tirelessly as a seamstress, Noura tends to her father’s rooftop garden, their only source of fresh food. One day, their little sanctuary faces destruction from drones, a stark reminder of the challenges Palestinian children endure.
“Sitti’s Key” by Sahar Khader Ali
A poignant narrative that introduces young readers to the Nakba of 1948 through Amal’s grandmother, Sitti. Sitti’s visit brings tales of displacement and resilience, symbolized by an old key representing home and heritage. This story gently educates about Palestinian history and the enduring spirit of belonging.
“These Olive Trees” by Aya Ghanameh
Centered around Oraib, a young girl in a Nablus refugee camp, this story explores her bond with her family’s olive trees. It delves into themes of displacement and resilience, highlighting the family’s connection to their land and the uncertainty they face due to occupation.
“Olive Harvest in Palestine: A Story of Childhood Memories” by Wafa Shami
Step into the world of Palestinian olive harvest traditions, as seen through the eyes of a child. This story takes the reader on a festive journey of community, joy, and cultural significance. From picking olives to pressing them into oil, each step is filled with singing, eating, love, and laughter, celebrating a tradition that binds generations.
“Salim’s Soccer Ball” by Tala El-Fahmawi
Salim’s adventure begins with the loss of his soccer ball and evolves into a journey through his ancestral village. Along the way, he learns from the resilient community members, offering a vibrant portrayal of Palestinian life and the spirit of courage amidst adversity.
“Baba, What Does My Name Mean?” by Rifk Ebeid
Saamideh’s innocent question to her father about her name unfolds into a journey across Palestine’s landscape. The story weaves through cities and traditions, symbolizing perseverance and the profound connection to one’s heritage and homeland.
“You Are the Color” by Rifk Ebeid
This story portrays Thaer, a young boy displaced by war, enveloped in darkness and unable to process the trauma he witnesses. His discovery of art becomes a transformative journey from grief to hope, highlighting the resilience of Palestinian children amidst the Nakba.
“Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine” by Hannah Moushabeck
Three young girls eagerly await their father’s bedtime stories, transporting them to a homeland they’ve never seen. Each tale is a thread in the vibrant tapestry of Palestinian identity and family bonds. The stories reflect a deep love for Palestine, blending memories and dreams to foster a strong sense of belonging and heritage.
“Sitti’s Olive Trees” by Ndaa Hassan
Reema’s bond with her grandmother (Sitti) over hummus and olive oil becomes a celebration of Palestinian culture and the cherished olive tree. The story, told in nature-inspired tones, reminisces about the traditions of nurturing and harvesting olive trees, symbolizing growth and cultural roots.
“Colours of Al Quds” by Jenny Molendyk Divleli
This beautifully illustrated book takes readers through the streets of Al Quds (Jerusalem), seen through the eyes of the main character, Iman. It showcases the rich palette of the city, from the golden Dome of the Rock to the red tatreez on thobes, teaching about Palestinian culture and traditions.
“Sitti’s Bird: A Gaza Story” by Malak Mattar
A heartwarming and sensitive tale by Palestinian artist Malak Mattar, this story brings to life her experiences as a child in Gaza. Finding strength and hope through painting, Malak portrays her journey in occupied Palestine, offering a unique perspective on resilience and creativity under challenging circumstances.
“The Olive Tree Said to Me” by N. Salem
Alia, a young Palestinian girl, discovers the tradition of olive harvest, a practice integral to Palestinian culture. This story illustrates the continuity of this tradition across generations and its role in maintaining the roots of the Palestinian community. Alia learns about the beauty and significance of the olive tree harvest, symbolizing resilience and connection to the land.
“We Are Palestinian: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition” by Reem Kassis
A vibrant non-fiction children’s book that showcases various aspects of Palestinian culture and history. From agriculture and cuisine to renowned Palestinian artists and thinkers, the book offers an accessible and engaging exploration of Palestinian heritage. Vibrant illustrations and interesting facts accompany each topic, making it a visually and intellectually stimulating read.
These books offer a diverse range of perspectives on Palestinian life and culture, suitable for young readers and families looking to understand and connect with Palestinian heritage.