Under My Hijab

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Lee & Low Books Author: Hena KhanIllustrator: Aaliva Jaleel


A Muslim girl tells of the women in her life that wear “hajibs,” the scarves that modestly cover their hair when they are out in public. Each woman has two double-page spreads, the first spread has a four-line rhyme and a picture showing the woman in her hajib out in public. Each woman arranges her hajib differently according to her personality. The second spread – also with a four-line rhyme – shows the same woman in the privacy of her home with her individual hair style. Grandma has a gray bun; Mama, a doctor, has a long brown braid.


With cheerful, opaque, flat illustrations, this book shows children what is under these scarves – different hair colors and styles that suit each woman’s profession and personality.

Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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