In My Mosque

by M O Yuksel (Author) Hatem Aly (Illustrator)

In My Mosque
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

No matter who you are or where you're from, everyone is welcome here. From grandmothers reading lines of the Qur'an and the imam telling stories of living as one, to meeting new friends and learning to help others, mosques are centers for friendship, community, and love.

M. O. Yuksel's beautiful text celebrates the joys and traditions found in every mosque around the world and is brought to life with stunning artwork by New York Times bestselling illustrator Hatem Aly (Yasmin series, The Proudest Blue, The Inquisitor's Tale). The book also includes backmatter with an author's note, a glossary, and more information about many historical and significant mosques around the world.

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Starred Review

PreS-Gr 3--This beautifully illustrated picture book, with its straightforward text, goes a long way to gently inform readers about a religion and sector of society many of them outside the faith of Islam might not encounter. Yuksel follows a young boy as he goes to his mosque on Friday, the holy day for Muslims. The perspective remains that of a child. In the mosque are rooms for prayer, meeting with fellow worshipers, rooms to gather food from food drives and other charity events, and even places for the children to play. Their prayers focus on unity among all people, and peace, love, and joy for all. They believe that, although religions may differ, we all come from the same creator. The artwork takes its cues from Middle Eastern motifs and was created digitally using scans of washes, inks, textures, and patterns. Arabic is used in certain places and those phrases are explained in the generous back matter of the book. Pair this with David Macaulay's Mosque for a detailed, architectural look at these spaces. VERDICT This marvelous, welcoming book on mosques, Muslims, and Islam is a must, offering foundational knowledge on the world's second largest religion.--Joan Kindig, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA

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This marvelous, welcoming book on mosques, Muslims, and Islam is a must, offering foundational knowledge on the world's second largest religion.—School Library Journal (starred review)
M O Yuksel
M. O. Yuksel is the award-winning author of In My Mosque; One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University; and Ramadan Kareem. She was born in Türkiye, raised in New York City, and now lives in New Jersey. She loves celebrating Eid al-Adha and going to the carnival with her family.

Hüseyin Sönmezay is a freelance illustrator. He was born in Bulgaria and moved to Türkiye when he was young. He attended vocational school with a concentration in graphic design. He has worked with local and international agencies and publishers and has illustrated more than forty picture books as well as various magazine illustrations. He currently lives in Izmir with his wife and two daughters, and this is his first book in the United States.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV017090 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Religious
JUV033270 - Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Muslim
JUV039280 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Religion & Faith
Library of Congress categories
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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