Diversity in Kids literature is big at the moment and my hope is that this isn't a fad. Why is diversity in literature important you ask? This is because due to immigration, globalization and travel, different cultures are coming into greater contact than ever before (for those who say that globalization and inter-cultural understanding isn't necessary, they don't know world history then).
With this much intercultural contact, it is our responsibility to walk in someone else's shoes, so to speak. You likely work with people who come from cultural backgrounds very different from your own. Your child likely goes to school and has friends from diverse communities. You likely have family members who have married someone from another country. Simply put, to be a functioning person in 21st century, you need to know how to get along with others and to do that, you need to learn to understand others.
With all that said, I'm reviewing Mommy's Khimar, which follows a little girl as she tries out her mom's khimar or hijab and why the yellow one is her favourite. The little girl talks about all the imaginary play that she can do while wearing her hijab, how happy it makes her feel, how it makes her feel close to her mom when her mom physically isn't there with her. Interestingly, it depicts inter-cultural marriage as the narrator's mother has converted to Islam. So her Mom-Mom is Christian yet they still love each other all the same.
This is one of the best kids book on diversity and depicting the life of an ordinary Muslim family. With the Hijab becoming so politicized and a lightning rod of controversy nowadays, reading this book to your child is rather timely, I think.
- Talk to your child and ask them questions on what they think about the hijab? What are their first impressions on a girl or woman wearing a hijab? Do they know someone that wears a khimar or hijab?
- Discuss how the little girl in this book is similar to your child in fundamental ways, such as her love for her family.
- If interested, look up on YouTube on how to wear a hijab.