The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly


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Our book guides are designed with you in mind! We know you don’t need fluff or pretty activities, instead we get to the heart of what you need to thoughtfully share new books with students.

What is a book guide?

Created by teachers for teachers, a book guide highlights key features and themes from books to give you a springboard into meaningful conversations with students.

Our book guides are built around new and inclusive trade books.

What is included in a book guide?

A book talk video to share with students to spark curiosity.

A video for teachers that highlights fascinating insights of text features and meaningful ideas.

Key highlights and background information to prepare you to share the book with students.

A thoughtful question chart to ease the pressure of guiding a conversation.

Additional ideas to connect the book to other authentic reading and writing experiences in your classroom.

The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali and illustrated by Hatem Aly is the story of how a young girl wants to create a kind world and inspires those around her to be kind, too.

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Our book guides are created and vetted by in-the-field educators. They hold true to the tenets of giving students choice and voice in their reading lives, while empowering a teacher to expand the representation of books shared with students.

What a book guide is NOT

  • A book guide is not a packet of activities designed for cute and identical responses to a book.
  • It is not created by people outside of the classroom to keep students inside of a classroom busy and silent.
  • It is not a canned prompt with single correct answers.

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The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly, uses figurative language accompanied by beautiful illustrations to tell the story of a younger sister who admires her older sister’s hijab, witnesses bullying, and discovers how to stay true to her identity.

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