Posts Tagged "Reza Jalali"

Ramadan Mubarak

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 in Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Events & Presentations , For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 1 comment

Ramadan Mubarak

Last night’s “I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” event was a rousing success. Over the course of the evening we had a steady stream of attendees for this Ramadan celebration and community education gathering. Two books were featured, Out of Nowhere, a young-adult novel by Maria Padian, and Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle, written by Reza Jalali and illustrated by me. There was henna painting…   a talk about Islam in Maine by Reza Jalali and a panel about the cross-cultural collaborations that created the two books, moderated by Pious Ali …...

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Bk: Path of Stars, Diverse & Global Books, Immigration | 2 comments

Welcoming New Neighbors

Woke up this morning excited about a project I’m helping to develop: “I’m Your Neighbor: Reading Projects that Build Bridges Between New Arrivals and Longterm Communities.” I’m Your Neighbor is a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges. The goal of the...

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Yum!!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2011 in Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Diverse & Global Books | Comments Off on Yum!!

Yum!!

Last week, just before a joint school visit with author Reza Jalali in Brunswick, Maine, we received this email: The Jordan Acres staff is cordially invited to a buffet lunch served in the library Friday January 14 from 11:45 – 1:00. Please help the library welcome authors Reza Jalali and Anne Sibley O’Brien. A Middle Eastern inspired menu has been selected to celebrate the book The Moon Watchers written by Mr. Jalali and illustrated by Ms. O’Brien.   Menu   Iraqi Flat Bread (freshly baked Friday morning)   Curried Chicken Soup with Carrots (an Israeli recipe) Tabouli (Lebanese salad)  ...

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My Newest Book!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2010 in Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | Comments Off on My Newest Book!

My Newest Book!

Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle, by Reza Jalali, is just out this month from Tilbury House Publishers. Nine-year-old Shirin wants to join her family in the ritual of fasting for Ramadan, but her father says she’s too young. This story portrays a middle-class American family in a Maine suburban town, focusing on universal issues such as sibling rivalry, while introducing readers to the experience of living the Muslim faith in the U.S. It was a treat to work with Iranian-American writer Reza Jalali, a friend and fellow activist in the southern Maine area, who gave me all...

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