Na’ima B. Robert: Where are all the Muslim characters in children’s fiction?

The history of Islam has impacted the history of our world in more ways than you can imagine – here Na’ima B Robert suggests some of the best books with Muslim protagonists

I started writing books about Muslim children 15 years ago because I couldn’t find any books in our local library that featured Muslim children or celebrated Islamic culture. I wanted to share such books with my son. I wanted to see himself and his family reflected in the books we read.

Since then, a lot has changed. From engaging picture books and board books, to fun middle grade adventures, to mature YA themes, Muslim characters have increasingly found their way onto our bookshelves and into our lives.

This is a good thing. It is a good thing because, while our world is growing smaller in some ways, it is splintering further apart in others. Now, more than ever before, we need to understand each other, to be able to empathise with each other, to walk in each other’s shoes. We need to open our eyes…