Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reading the Library: First Post

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Alhamdulillaah! We have been blessed to fast another Ramadan. May Allaah grant us many more in which we draw closer to Him, seek His Forgiveness and increase in our worship to Him. And Eid Mubarak!

In this, the first Reading the Library post, I will briefly outline the structure and content of all future posts and do the first book review as well insha'Allaah. In an attempt to keep this as simple and straightforward as possible insha'Allaah, the following elements will be included in Reading the Library posts:
  • The post titles will appear as: RTL: {Name of the book}
  • Book Title
  • Author
  • Is the book Islamically appropriate
  • Genre (for a description of the characteristics of the different genres click here insha'Allaah)
  • Book Format (i.e. picture book, board book)
  • Book Review
  • A picture of the book's cover
  • And a relevant art/craft activity link (if I am aware of one)
I will most likely add two more labels that will accompany these posts and they are: fiction and non-fiction. This is to help with lesson planning insha'Allaah.If I am aware of any activities that are fun and appropriate to go with a book that has been reviewed, I will link to that activity in the post as well insha'Allaah.

If you would like to submit a book that you would either like reviewed or think is a great read aloud for birth to five year olds and is Islamically appropriate, please do leave a comment mentioning the name of the book and the author. Please understand that it may happen that I may list the book as not recommended and if this happens I will list the reason(s) why. I will, insha'Allaah, err on the side of caution and if there are areas which present themselves as grey, I will most likely not recommend the book just to be safe insha'Allaah. My reasoning for this are the ahadith wherein the Prophet (sallaallaahu alayhi wa salam) advised his ummah to stay away from that which is doubtful. If a book is listed as not Islamically appropriate, in the review I will list the specific reasons (what the text says or what the illustration depicts) in bold print insha'Allaah.

Now, on to our first read from the library insha'Allaah:

Book Title: I Like Toys
Author: Lorena Siminovich
Islamically Appropriate?: Yes
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Board Book
Age Group: 1-3
Book Review:Like the other books in this series, I like fruit and I like bugs, I like toys is an interactive joy for infants and young toddlers. Done with collage, the illustrations are appealing and textually inviting for young fingers. Each page presents a toy, its name and a part of the toy that the child can touch and experience a tactile interaction with. In addition to these features, the child is also shown the shapes that are to be found in each of the toys. So, a sailboat has triangles in it and a robot has squares and rectangles. Simple, sturdy and nicely illustrated, I like toys is a book infants and young toddlers may enjoy hearing read aloud or simply exploring on their own.

Until the next read insha'Allaah....


  1. Assalaamu Alaikum!

    This is a great thing sis. Looking forward to all Insha Allaah! Barakallaah Feeki

  2. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaah!

    Wa feki barak Allaah and welcome back dear sis Umm Maimoonah! I hope you and Maimoonah will enjoy Reading the Library. I already am *smile*.