Every year, our librarians review all our curated reading lists for kids and families, making sure we’re intentionally including books that represent diversity in race and ethnicity, gender, disability and neurodivergence, and more.
One recent addition: Arab Heritage Reads, a list with fiction, nonfiction, and picture books by Arab and Arab-American authors and illustrators. Some are set in Lebanon, Iraq, and other Arab League countries; others tell stories of Arab families who move to America.
While a few exceptions were made for Arab American National Museum award-winners by non-Arab authors, Elementary School Services Librarian Genevieve Grove says the list doesn’t include, for example, nonfiction with general information about Islam from a non-Arab author.
And as with any of our reading lists, “This one has room to grow and adapt in the future,” Grove says. “I’m looking forward to sharing this list with the community!”
Arab heritage picture books
Arab heritage books for older kids
Upcoming multicultural event: Celebrate Ramadan
Join us to celebrate our Muslim community in Oak Park and learn about the rich and colorful culture in a family-friendly get together on Sunday, May 19, 2-4 pm, in the Main Library Storytime Room.
During the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon, Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, a holy month of spiritual reflection and fasting.
This fun and culture immersion event features artifacts from Iraq, Egypt, India, and Pakistan, along with yummy food and snacks.
Traditional and beautiful Iraqi thobs (dresses) will be on display.