The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.
We Can't Wait for these Five Recently Announced Children's Books by Muslim Authors
Fann is back with five more upcoming kids books from Muslim American authors, announced in Publishers Weekly.
Get excited for these upcoming kids books from Muslim American authors, announced in Publishers Weekly. Make sure to check back on Fann for updates on release dates and more!
1. "Letters to Mother Earth" by Maryam Khalifah (picture book)
"Sunita Apte at Reycraft has bought 'Letters to Mother Earth' by debut author-illustrator Maryam Khalifah, where letters from all over the world are filled with imaginative wishes to help alleviate environmental issues in hopes of inspiring conversations of real change. Publication is scheduled for 2026; Kaitlyn Sanchez at Bradford Literary Agency Agency sold world English rights."
2. "Home Has No Borders" edited by Samira Ahmed and Sona Charaipotra (YA)
"Megan Ilnitzki at HarperTeen has acquired 'Home Has No Borders,' a YA anthology of contemporary short stories by South Asian and diaspora authors that grapple with themes of home and belonging, edited by Samira Ahmed (l.) and Sona Charaipotra, with stories from S.K. Ali, Fatimah Asghar, Tashie Bhuiyan, Tanya Boteju, Tanuja Desai Hidier, Veera Hiranandani, Rajani LaRocca, Sheba Karim, Jasmin Kaur, Anuradha D. Rajurkar, Nisha Sharma, Nikesh Shukla, Navdeep Singh Dhillon and an author from an open call for submissions. Publication is set for winter 2025; Joanna Volpe and Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for world rights."
3. "When The Revolution Came to Town" by Isra Moussaoui and Beth Bacon, illustrated by Noha Habaieb (graphic novel)
"Rosie Ahmed at Dial has bought the graphic novel 'When The Revolution Came to Town' by Isra Moussaoui (l.) and Beth Bacon (c.), illustrated by Noha Habaieb (r.), about an 11-year-old girl's experience of the first days of the Arab Spring, balancing the tumult of unrest on the streets, her family's desire to protect her from knowing what is going on, and her determination to win a poetry contest rooted in Arabic history. Publication is planned for 2025; Jennifer Carlson at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner represented the authors, and Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates represented the illustrator."
4. Muslim Mavericks series by Seema Yasmin (chapter books)
"Deeba Zargarpour at Salaam Reads has bought the first two books in Dr. Seema Yasmin's ('What the Fact?!') new chapter book series, called 'Muslim Mavericks.' Each book will explore a groundbreaking Muslim who is making their mark on the world. The first book, about comedian and disability activist Maison Zayeed, will publish in 2025. Lilly Ghahremani at Full Circle Literary brokered the world rights deal in an exclusive submission."
5. "Suuban's First Day" by Shugri Said Salh, illustrated by Àlàbá Ònájín (picture book)
"Emilia Sowersby and Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press have bought world rights to 'Suuban's First Day' by Shugri Said Salh (l.) ('The Last Nomad'), illustrated by Àlàbá Ònájín, a picture book based on the author's life as a young nomad in the Somali desert who, after finally losing her two front teeth, is deemed old enough to herd her community's goats alone, and finds that with patience comes great rewards. Publication is planned for spring 2025; Gillian MacKenzie at Gillian MacKenzie Agency represented the author and the artist.