Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace by Harris J, illustrated by Ward Jenkins


Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace by Harris J, illustrated by Ward Jenkins. Scholastic, c2015, 2018. 9781338263510

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

Format:  Paperback picture book

What did you like about the book:  “Spread peace on the Earth.  Cherish the love that is around us.”   A wonderfully illustrated story of hope and kindness based on the 2015 song by young Muslim YouTube star, Harris J.  “Salam Alaikum” means, “Peace be upon you” and is the Muslin greeting for hello and goodbye.  The simple and uplifting text is a celebration to spread peace and love throughout our world and to pay it forward to bring happiness to all in our community.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great read aloud for all elementary schools for building community and being kind every day.

Who should buy this book?  Daycares, elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture book

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, L.G. Nourse Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  October 15, 2021

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