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The Proudest Blue

Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad & illustrated by Hatem Aly and S. K. Ali
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A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad. With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong. Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

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Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
6.5 / 7.0

This book is absolutely stunning—the illustrations, the message… everything. You’ll feel uplifted and inspired reading it, with all the warm fuzzies.

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Who Wrote The Proudest Blue

Ibtihaj Muhammad
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Who Illustrated The Proudest Blue

Hatem Aly
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Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. When he is not dipping cookies in a cup of tea or staring at blank pieces of paper, he is usually drawing books. One of the books he illustrated is The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz, which won a Newbery Honor and other awards despite Hatem’s drawings of a farting dragon, a two-headed cat, and stinky cheese.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad's Book Dedication

Zayd and Maliha- may your faith be greater than your fears.

Hatem Aly's Book Dedication

To my mother, Samia Abdel Mohsen, with love.

S. K. Ali's Book Dedication

In memory of Raheemah Yazdani.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
September 10, 2019
Illustration Details:
Illustrations were rendered digitally with textures done with ink washes and pencil on watercolor paper.

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