The Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue Review

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.

Title:The Proudest Blue
Edition Language:English

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  • Warda

    “The first day of wearing hijab is important, Mama had said. It means being strong.” And that just about sums up the book and the experience of every Muslim woman who decides to wear hijab and ...

  • David Schaafsma

    My family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books every year. This is book #18 (of 20) of 2019, and we liked it. It was written By Olympic medalist, social activist (and hijab-wearing!) ...

  • Stephanie Anze

    It is the first day of school and Faizah is excited. Most of all, she is excited because it is the first day of school in which her sister Asiya is going to wear her blue hijab. Faizah thinks her sist...

  • Jillian Heise

    This book is GORGEOUS! Empowering and celebratory of Muslim girls who are hijabis, and their families. The type of book that will help kids feel seen, and help other kids become more understanding. Th...

  • Becky

    A beautiful book! It’s a true window & mirrors book; readers will see themselves and others will learn about the Muslim faith. ...

  • Cindy Dobrez

    What a wonderful story about rites of passage, the bonds of sisters, overcoming classmate cruelty and taunts, and the importance of faith to a young girl. Little sisters look up to older sisters usual...

  • Julie

    Gorgeous illustrations accompany an empowering story. I loved the supportive and loving relationship of the sisters and the encouraging words from their strong mother. "Some people won't understand yo...

  • Jon Nakapalau

    A young girl (Faizah) goes to school with her older sister (Asiya) on her first day of wearing a hijab. Seen through the eyes of Faizah we see the challenges Asiya has to face and how she is able to s...

  • KC

    There are so many things I loved about this book. Authored by a former Olympic medalist, the stunning illustrations, especially the faceless bullies, and the message. ...

  • Shireen Hakim

    "If you understand who you are, one day they will too."I almost cried tears of blue like Faizah's Hijab. This story of a younger sister Asiya worried about her older sister being bullied for wearing H...