The Proudest Blue is a fine example of a read that has a main character who is from an under represented group and is created by an author (in this case authors) who is writing from their own experience, #ownvoice. A term that that was started by writer Corinne Duyvis.
The Proudest Blue is written by Muslim Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad and talented Muslim author Sajidah K Ali. The read is cleverly and sensitively written and it had me thinking about when I first began wearing hijab in 2013 and truthfully the text included so much I could relate to.
The book explores first experiences of wearing a hijab from a little sisters perspective. There is so much love and respect for big sister. As readers we see the younger sisters protective side and her absorbing her big sisters experience of wearing hijab, her beautiful blue hijab, in school.
The text explores emotions, realistic conversations, mammas wise words and explores, what can be, a special bond between sisters. Together with the blue dues, appealing and joyous art work by Hatem Aly you have a book that I am delighted to have in our home library. A read that I highly recommend should be in every learning setting. Such a fantastic resource and equally an engaging and thought proving read.
The book does explore a first experience but not only for the girl who has started wearing a hijab but also for those who are, for the first time, seeing their class mate with a hijab on. The read encourages conversations around prejudice, about friendship and how sometimes new things can be so misunderstood they are feared.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Toppsta and Andersen Press. All words and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.