Included in this Middle East book list for kids we have fiction and non fiction stories from Israel and other counties of the Arab world.
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
Arab World Books
For those of you looking for children’s books with a Muslim worldview, this Muslim Homeschool mummy blogger has some CM book suggestions.
The below list are mostly from a Christian worldview.
Every night, Shahrazad begins a story. And every morning, the Sultan lets her live another day — providing the story is interesting enough to capture his attention. After almost one thousand nights, Shahrazad is running out of tales. My daughter loved this one. Ages 10 – 15
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.
Written from the perspective of a Christian missionary in the Middle East. Ages 15 yrs — adult
The Breadwinner – Deborah Ellis
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Ages 10 – 15
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
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. Christian author. Ages 10 – 15
Nothing Else Matters by Patricia St John
Set in Lebanon during civil war it talks about the atrocities of war on both the Christian and Muslim side. But the ultimate message is one of love and hope and forgiveness. Christian author. For high schoolers.