Children’s author Hudda Ibrahim (“Lula wants to wear a badge” and “What color is my hijab?”) will read her books, interact with children and share her inspiration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15 at Callahan Hall in La Lewiston Public Library. The event will include an author talk by Hudda Ibrahim, activities to engage children, sambusas and tea. Fifty copies of Ibrahim’s children’s books will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ibrahim’s publishing company, Diverse Voices Press, is an independent publishing company and social enterprise based in Minnesota, with a mission to publish inclusive books by underrepresented voices. They work with anyone interested in non-fiction, fiction, and books for young readers. They are passionate about empowering and educating readers and writers of all ages with stories that affirm the value of multiculturalism, multilingualism, and every identity in between.
“Lula Wants to Wear a Badge” is about a black Somali Muslim girl who dreams of being a police officer when she grows up, but encounters resistance from her classmates. It takes surprising help to reveal that stereotypes are just something that comes from other people that ultimately mean nothing, and they shouldn’t stop you from chasing your dreams. “What color is my hijab? features professional women wearing their colorful hijabs. Ibrahim got the idea for this book from his then 7-year-old niece, who asked the question, “Aunty, why don’t I see characters that look like me in the books I read?” Ibrahim set to work creating a book for her and other children. She says, “I wanted to write something that the Muslim community could embrace and satisfy the curiosity of the wider American society who wonder what Muslim women can actually do, even pushing the boundaries of what they thought the Muslim women could do.
This event is free, open to the public and no registration is required. The Lewiston Public Library is located at 200 Lisbon St., corner of Pine Street, Lewiston. For more information, contact the Lewiston Public Library at 207-513-3133 or [email protected]
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