Middle East Books – Living Books For Kids
Middle East Books – Israel
4000 BC-Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick
Meet all the historical figures of the creation account from Adam to Abraham.
1500 BC- Tirzah by Lucille Travis
A family sets out from their home after the passover with Moses.
Hezekiah King Hezekiah who is hopelessly fighting Sennacherib and his vast host.
454 BC –Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah by Frieda Clark Hyman
Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. Told from his nephew’s viewpoint.
30 AD – The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. This is very popular book set in the times of Christ.
Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays – Gilda Berger
Snow in Jerusalem – Deborah Costa
Picture book story about a Jewish boy and a Muslim boy both living in their respective quarters in Jerusalem, who both befriend the same cat. Lovely illustrations of the distinct quarters of Jerusalem. Happy ending. HB Ages 7 — 9 yrs.
One More River – Lynne Reid Banks
The Dog of Knots – Kathy Walden Kaplan
Nine year old Mayim moves from Jerusalem to Haifa in northern Israel just as the Yom Kippur War in 1973 is about to start. This story is about how a curly-haired dog helps her discover the courage within herself to cope with the war. Ages 9 – I5 yrs
Middle East Books – The Arab World
Light Force – Brother Andrew
A stirring account of the church caught in the Middle East crossfire. Leaving ministry in Eastern Europe, Brother Andrew moved to work in the Middle East, particularly helping Christians in Palestine and Lebanon who are undergoing dire hardship because of the political situation and their faith. An inside look at the side not usually understood by Westerners.
Gripping and relevant. Ages 15 yrs — adult
The Breadwinner – Deborah Ellis
Shabanu – Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shabanu lives in Pakistan’s Cholistan Desert. Her family are nomadic camel herders. Life is hard and Shabanu learns that a Muslim girl’s duty comes before the desires of her heart. Based upon stories the author heard from women she knew when working on a literacy project in Pakistan. Note: Some brief details about a girl entering puberty and preparing for an early arranged marriage are discussed, which may make this book inappropriate for boys or younger girls. Newbery Honour Book. Ages 12 – 16 yr
The Librarian of Basra – Jeanette Winter
A true story of the work of the librarian of Basra, Iraq, as she works to save the books, some centuries old, from the encroaching United Nations army in the War Against Terror. Ages 5 -12yrs
A Stone in My Hand – Cathryn Clinton
A story about one Palestinian girl in the Gaza strip. Her father is killed by a terrorist bomb while traveling to work. Her brother is now planning to join Islamic Jihad out of hatred for the Israelis who rule their land. Malaak and her mother and older sister must find how to deal with the constant stress of their life and how to sway Malaak’s brother away from terrorism. A good look at daily life in the occupied territories. Ages 10 – 16 yrs
Sami and the Time of the Troubles – Florence Heide
A moving and hopeful story about a boy growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, during the “time of the troubles” in the late 1 900’s. His grandfather teaches him how to have hope and courage in what looks like a time to despair and his mother makes a basement into a home. Very worthwhile story. Great illustrations. Ages 6 – 12 yrs
1920 AD – Star of Light by Patricia St John
A young Muslim boy leaves runs away from home and takes his blind baby sister with his mother’s blessing. He leaves her with a Christian missionary woman in a town nearby.
1958 AD-Nothing Else Matters by Patricia St John
Set in Lebanon during civil war. For high schoolers.