Mommy's Khimar

Mommy's Khimar

Selected as a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness! A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother?s colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn. A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears. Before she walks out the do Selected as a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness! A you...

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Title:Mommy's Khimar
Author:Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1534400591
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Mommy's Khimar Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Apr 09, 2018
    This is one of the sweetest books ever, with glowing illustrations by Ebony Glenn (the cover reminds me so much of the similar profile of Lisa looking at Corduroy). A little girl plays dress-up with her mother's khimar (head scarf). Muslim representation in picture books is still scarc...
  • Naomi
    Apr 09, 2018
    Beautiful illustrations and lovely narrative about family and identity. ...
  • Allie
    Nov 27, 2018
    I pinned a few pages (as I often do for longer books) for baby and toddler playgroup tomorrow! The theme is the letter K and this is PERFECT! ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 15, 2018
    Beautiful, and oh am I happy to have a picture book that is such a good introduction to the Khimar. What a great book for any collection looking to diversify so that all children find their mirrors and windows in the library! ...
  • Tasha
    Jun 30, 2018
    A little girl watches her mother put on her khimar, her flowing headscarf. Her mother has so many of them, all colors and patterns. The little girl loves to play with them, twirling around and imagining that she is a queen. She pretends she?s a superhero, a bird or a shooting star wh...
  • Jasmine
    Jul 21, 2018
    This book would probably work as a basic introduction to hijabs or khimar, for kids who don?t have those in their life, but it?s more focused on kids whose mums are hijabi, I think. It?s a very good depiction of that time? I remember it very clearly? in early childhood when y...
  • Mary Ann
    Apr 15, 2018
    Mommy's Khimar is a delightful new picture book that is full of love, sunshine and imagination. A young Muslim girl plays dress up with her mother's khimar, or Islamic headscarf. When she wraps it around herself, she feels her mother's love surrounding her and she imagines all of the t...
  • Monica Clark-Robinson
    Nov 12, 2018
    Luminous and lyrical, this book is just absolute picture book perfection. The sunny illustrations are gorgeous, and the text brings this little girl and her mommy to life for readers. An important and sensitive look at a faith and culture through a child's lens. Culturally diverse and ...
  • Peacegal
    Apr 23, 2018
    Sunny, happy book with joyful illustrations. The text didn't always flow well for me, but the sweet illustrations hold it all together. While the many different people in this book dress and look differently, they all love and respect one another. ...
  • Kate Narita
    Feb 09, 2018
    How I wish I would have had this book in my classroom last year! I had a student who wore a khimar, she called it hijab, but I didn't have any books that portrayed characters in a hijab. At the library, I found One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, that was it. Everyone needs a mirror when t...
  • La Coccinelle
    Jan 31, 2019
    This picture book is absolutely adorable! It follows a little girl as she tries on her mother's headscarves. The reader can clearly see how much love the child has for her mother (and the rest of her family, including her Christian grandmother), and what the khimar means to her. When s...
  • Abby Turner
    Dec 10, 2018
    So pretty and full of love. ...
  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    Jul 13, 2018
    Culture: Muslim American A joyous little girl tells us all about her love of her mother's khimars and how she transforms them into imaginative play. Thompkins-Bigelow seamlessly weaves this Muslim symbol into her story for fellow Muslims and those unfamiliar with the Khimar/hijab. A...
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    Apr 23, 2018
    4.5 stars This is an imaginative and colorful exploration of wearing a Khimar and what it means for a young girl who looks up to her mother. ...
  • Kristin
    Jan 17, 2019
    5 stars! 5,000 stars! A book hasn't made me this happy in a long time. Such an important message of diversity and inlcusivity (her Christian grandmother!) without bashing readers over the head. And a protagonist with so much imagination. Reminded me of being a child, which is what chil...
  • Cheri
    Jun 23, 2018
    I adored this book and how it portrayed Muslims. there is a page dedicated to addressing family and friends who are not Muslim. great colors and illustrations. ...
  • KC
    Sep 19, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations and the concept of the story but some of it's repetitiveness took away from the message. ...
  • Deidre
    Nov 14, 2018
    Whimsical and warm illustrations, my daughter (six) really seemed to identify with the little girl in the book. So often khimar (khimars? I'm embarrassed to say this word wasn't in my vocabulary before reading this book) seems, at least to my white child living in an very nondiverse pa...
  • Lyra
    Mar 11, 2019
    I work in a primary school with a high number of Muslims who wear headscarves (those who I have talked to call them hijabs), and goodness finding representation for them is difficult! Accordingly, I'm very grateful for this book. I want both the students who wear the headscarves and th...
  • Tracie
    Sep 05, 2018
    A young girl imagines and dreams as she plays with her mommy's khimar. ...
  • Lirazel
    Jul 17, 2018
    4.5 stars 4.0 stars for the text--a very very sweet celebration of the khimar--and 5.0 stars for the absolutely gorgeous illustrations. The pictures are so bright and warm and colorful, I absolutely fell in love with Ebony Glenn's style. I can't wait to see what she does next. ...
  • MimiY
    May 28, 2018
    I must admit the art work made me pick it up. The colors are so inviting and warm!! The love you see between the mother and child is so real. She love everything about her mother even the khimar is wears. ...
  • Colona Public Library
    Dec 06, 2018
    Did you ever play with your mom's make-up or clothes as a kid? Or even wearing dad's shoes? I would with my mom's perfumes and jewelry. This book beautifully captures that moment, that feeling, the pride, and that imagination that comes with it. Really has some beautiful illustrations....
  • Alia
    Mar 10, 2018
    Absolutely gorgeous book. Really well done. :) ...
  • Lindsay
    Jun 07, 2018
    Beautiful illustrations, but all the oppression and sexism that comes with requiring women to wear head coverings is completely passed over. I'm definitely not a supporter of requiring or encouraging children to wear a hijab. ...
  • Effie
    Apr 09, 2018
    The pictures in this book are beautiful. It is so loving. I loved all the things the mom's khimar represented to the little girl: a queen's golden train, a mama bird's protective wings, a super-hero's cape. I loved the description of the mother's smell. This book was so full of love an...
  • Fatima
    Sep 19, 2018
    The book Mommy?s Khimar is a realistic fiction that shows a small African-American Muslim girl explaining her love her the khimar (also known as hijab). The book starts off with explaining that her mother wears a hijab whenever she goes out and that there is a variety in what a hijab...
  • Jen Betton
    Jan 08, 2018
    The illustrations in this just glow! The character of the little girl is super adorable and relatable, and I love all the ways she pretends with her scarf - it reminds me of my own little girl and the towels she uses for capes and Rapunzel-hair. ...
  • Jessie Oliveros
    Apr 05, 2018
    I found the pastel colors of this book immediately inviting. And the illustrations are so Disney-esque, bright, and happy--a promise fulfilled by the rest of the book! A little Muslim girl plays dress-up with her mother's khimar. We see her in the closet with the many-colored headscarv...
  • RLL220_Amanda Alvarado
    Apr 15, 2018
    This book is must read for children and adults. The book talks about a young Muslim American girl who loves her mom khimar. It's a beautiful story about a daughter that wants to be just like her mom. The illustrations alone make you feel like your in the story. The bright pastel colors...