As a Muslim homeschooler its a little difficult to find read alouds that arent fiction and appropriate for our Islamic values, but there are options! So I’ve decided to dedicate this page on the blog with the aim to share some read alouds that are non-fiction. I have listed several books that we have on our reading list this year, and once we have read the book I will share a mini-review underneath insha’Allah. Ive categorised the books according to country, as I like to use read alouds for History and Geography.
If you have any suggestions, please do email me via the Contact Form or Instagram – I would love some recommendations!
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. by Eleanor Coerr
Based on the true story of a young girl named Sadako, this book is about how Sadako contracted leukaemia as a result of the atom bomb that hit Hiroshima. The book is all about her courage and hope throughout, despite the disease. It does mention luck however, I used this as an opportunity to discuss the Islamic ruling on luck. A great book that all my kids enjoyed.
The Story of Harriet Tubman – Freedom Train
A scholastic biography written about the courageous life of Harriet Tubman who fled slavery, risking her life numerous times to go back and rescue others via the ‘underground railroad’. This books is absolutely brilliant and captures the horrors of slavery and its devasting impact, but with a positive ending of bravery, persistence, justice and determination. We had so many discussions over this book, including with my youngest who was five at the time.