Authors: Hazel Edwards and Ozge Alkan
Illustrator: Serena Geddes
‘Hijabi Girl’ is being re-published as ‘Hijabi Girl: Making Friends’ to form a three-book series being distributed internationally in 2022 by Ali-Gator Publishing.
Teacher Resources: Courtesy of Hazel Edwards’ website.
This Teachers’ Resource for Hijabi Girl includes discussion notes, information on curriculum relevance, key learning areas, and definitions of culturally important words plus fun, thought-provoking classroom activities such as a colouring in sheet, selfie game and classroom map. Download the resource kit.
Classroom Play Script
An excerpt from Hijabi Girl, Chapter 1. Download the book sample.
It allows children to step into other people’s shoes, and view the world through their eyes. It also has good examples on how to fit in when you are different
– Anastasia Gonis
From diverse lunchbox snacks, to different cultural clothing, Hijabi Girl gives the reader a well-rounded view of what most Australian mainstream schools look like today.
– Coral Vass
In the end, difference is not only accepted, but celebrated. As it should be in real life. More kids books like this please!
– George Ivanoff
All the differences make no difference, in a way. Lovely. #diversitymatters
I love how this story talks of friendship among cultures, where difference is embraced not rejected
– Annie at Re-Vue
This is a significant book.
– Dr Virginia Lowe
The story takes the reader through the usual school activities, showing that while the girls may have different cultural backgrounds, they’re just like everyone else, with the same schoolgirl hopes and aspirations.
– Carissa Mason
Hijabi girl is a fabulous resource for classes to learn about social inclusion, celebrate diversity and to explore our multicultural society.
– Rhyllis Bignell
Children need to see main characters in books that not only look like them, but who also reflect the World they live. Both of my children grew up in schools where cultural diversity was the norm.
Melek is such a refreshing Muslim girl character, she is both bold and kind.