Picture Books

FRIZZY HAIRED ZUZU, Magination Press, 2023
Illustrated by Basma Hosam
ISBN: 1433841576 (ISBN 13: 978-1433841576)
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Frizzy Haired Zuzu is a children's picture book about accepting and loving your appearance.

Zuzu loves riding her bike and dancing to all kinds of music. Her curly red hair would bounce when she danced. But Zuzu hates her hair. The older she gets, the bigger it grows. With her sisters and mother, she tries several hilarious—yet disastrous—solutions to tame her frizzy hair. Finally she saves up all her money to visit a salon. But with straighter hair, will she still feel like herself? Zuzu must dig deep down to sort out her feelings about what is beautiful to others…and herself.


REMEMBERING MOM'S KUBBAT HALAB, Albert Whitman & Company, 2022
Illustrated by Paran Kim
ISBN: 0807569321 (ISBN 13: 978-0807569320)
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When a loved one dies, remembering them through shared experiences and the ways they expressed their love, helps with loss.

Bushra misses her mother, her dayik. So does her brother Sherzat. Mom used to help them with homework, read to them, and tuck them into bed at night. For Bushra, she would cook kubbat halab, perfectly golden rice-and-potato patties made without meat. No one can make kubbat halab quite like Mom, but Bushra wants to try.