Over a month into the attacks on Palestine, and our children have more questions than ever.
To help you and your family navigate these tough conversations about the state of the world, we have curated a collection of resources tailored for kids. These include engaging books, activities, videos and a compilation of talking points aimed at empowering your family to speak up for truth and justice.
From understanding the significance of Al-Aqsa as the third most sacred site in Islam and the blessings of Palestine, supported by Hadith, to the importance of standing up in the face of injustice, there’s a lot to cover. These resources are designed to kickstart conversations, allowing you to educate yourself and address your children’s significant questions with confidence.
Books on Palestine
1. P for Palestine, Golbarg Bashi
The world’s first-ever English-language ABC storybook about Palestine is told in simple rhyme, showcasing the geography, beauty and strength of Palestinian culture.
2. Counting up The Olive Tree, Golbarg Bashi
Little Palestinian football players try to save an olive tree — helping young readers practice counting.
3. Baba, What Does My Name Mean, Rifk Ebeid
When Saamidah, a young Palestinian refugee, is asked by her friends what her name means, she isn’t quite sure what to say. She turns to her Baba for some answers.
4. These Olive Trees, Aya Ghanameh
The story of a Palestinian family’s ties to the land, and how one young girl finds a way to care for her home, even as she says goodbye.
5. Teta’s Thoub, Fatin Badran Kadri
Teta’s Thoub follows the relationship of a little girl and her grandmother, who teaches her about the significance of the traditional Palestinian dress.
1. Sitti’s Secrets, Naomi Shihab Nye
Mona’s grandmother, her Sitti, lives in a small Palestinian village on the other side of the earth. They don’t speak each other’s language, so they make up their own.
2. Olive Harvest in Palestine, Wafa Shami
A story about the harvest traditions that have been shared among Palestinian farmers for centuries.
3. My Name Is Palestine, Nadine Foty
My Name is Palestine follows a Palestinian superhero who has a magical eye that sees a Free Palestine.
4. Jenin And The Precious Palestine Pie, Nadine Foty
Jenin And The Precious Palestine Pie is a children’s story about the Nakba. Jenin, a talented baker, is shocked when Sam steals her pie and later her shop. The secret recipe of her homeland Palestine has the power to help her reclaim what is rightfully her pie, her shop, and her land.
5. Easter in Ramallah: A Story of Childhood Memories, Wafa Shami
A story about friendship and holiday traditions that have been shared among Palestinian Christian and Muslim families for centuries.
6. Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine, Hannah Moushabeck
As bedtime approaches, three young girls eagerly await the return of their father who tells them stories of a faraway homeland—Palestine.
1. The Boy and The Wall, Amahl Bishara
The wall that led to this picture book was built in 2004 across the West Bank, home to more than a million Palestinians. This wall separates the refugee camp from the children’s old village and the land where their grandparents used to harvest.
2. A Child’s View of Gaza: Palestinian Children’s Art And The Fight Against Censorship, Middle East Children’s Alliance
The captioned illustrations in this book were created by Palestinian children who lived through the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2008-09.
3. Where The Streets Had A Name, Randa Abdel-Fatteh
Hayaat believes a handful of soil from her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab’s life.
1. The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, Anne Laurel Carter
Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. But now Amani’s family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements.
2. Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight For Their Village, Nick Estes
Silwan is a Palestinian village just outside the ancient walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. This is a moving story of a village and its people.
3. Outside the Ark, Ellen O’Grady
Outside the Ark is a provocative collection of paintings and stories, a window into the realities of life under occupation and a witness to the enduring human spirit.
4. Ida in the Middle, Nora Lester Murad
Every time violence erupts in the Middle East, Ida knows what’s coming next. Some of her classmates treat her like it’s all her fault—just for being Palestinian! One day, she discovers a jar of olives that came from a beloved aunt in her family’s village near Jerusalem. Ida eats one and finds herself there—as if her parents had never left Palestine!
5. Code Name: Butterfly, Ahlam Bsharat
In the room she shares with her two sisters, Butterfly keeps her questions hidden in an imaginary treasure chest, questions like why her older sister Zainab cries herself to sleep, or how she can be best friends with both Mays and Haya when Mays dreams of joining the Palestinian struggle and Haya’s father and grandfather are rumored to be collaborators with the Israelis.
6. Tasting The Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, Ibtisam Barakat
In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war.
7. Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine, Ibtisam Barakat
Picking up where Tasting the Sky left off, Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer.
8. Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, Mosab Abu Toha
In this poetry debut Mosab Abu Toha writes about his life under siege in Gaza, first as a child, and then as a young father. A survivor of four brutal military attacks, he bears witness to a grinding cycle of destruction and assault, and yet, his poetry is inspired by a profound humanity.
9. Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie, Rachel Corrie
How do we find our way in the world? How do our actions affect others? What do we owe the rest of humanity? These are the timeless questions so eloquently posed by Rachel Corrie, a young American activist killed on March 16, 2003, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the Gaza Strip.
10. Baddawi, Leila Abdelrazaq
An arrestingly drawn debut graphic novel, Baddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. It explores the childhood of the author’s father from a determinedly boy’s-eye view.
11. They Called Me a Lioness, Ahed Tamimi
A Palestinian activist jailed at sixteen after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers illuminates the daily struggles of life under occupation in this moving, deeply personal memoir.
12. Rifqa, Mohammed el-Kurd
Each day after school, Mohammed El-Kurd’s grandmother welcomed him at the door of his home with a bouquet of jasmine. Her name was Rifqa—she was older than Israel itself and an icon of Palestinian resilience. With razor-sharp wit and glistening moral clarity, El-Kurd lays bare the brutality of Israeli settler colonialism.
1. Abu Hurairah RA narrates: “The Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Do not deliberately set out on a journey [for the purpose of worship] but to three mosques: the Masjid al-Haram, al-Masjid al-Aqsa, and my Masjid [in Madinah]’” (Bukhari)
2. Abdullah ibn Amr RA narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Sulayman, son of Dawood AS prayed for three things from Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, when constructing Masjid al Aqsa: (i) the ability to decide cases in accordance to the Will of Allah, which was granted to him; (ii) a kingdom the like of which would be given to no one after him, which was also granted; and (iii), after finishing the construction of the masjid he prayed, ‘May anyone who comes to this mosque solely for the purpose of praying in it be delivered from all his sins as on the day his mother gave birth to him’” (Nasa’i)
3. Maymuna RA – the wife of the Prophet ﷺ – reported, “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, tell us about Jerusalem’. He said: ‘It is the place of Judgement Day where everyone will be called. Come and pray in it, for one prayer in it is like one thousand prayers elsewhere.’ ‘What is one cannot go there?’ I asked. He replied, ‘Send oil for its lamps; for whoever does so, it is as if they went there.’” (Al-Albani)
4. Sayyidina Zayd ibn Thabit RA reports that the Prophet ﷺ said, “How blessed is Shaam!” The companions around them asked: “Why is that?” The Messenger ﷺ replied, “I see the angels of the Most Merciful spreading their wings over it.” (Tirmidhi)
By arming our children with the tools of knowledge and instilling in them a commitment to seek truth, we hope to shape strong and resilient Muslim men and women, destined to be pillars of strength in the Muslim Ummah.
As our children explore these materials, it is our heartfelt prayer that their journey goes beyond the mere acquisition of facts. May they not only gain knowledge but also cultivate empathy for the struggles faced by our brothers and sisters in Palestine.
May Allah SWT always guide them as they navigate the intricate path of truth and justice. And to our ever-compassionate Creator, we raise our voices in fervent dua — O Allah, the Most Merciful, we earnestly ask for freedom and victory for the people of Palestine and all those oppressed around the world. May your light guide them through the darkest of times, and may justice prevail. Ameen.
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