Lion on the Inside by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir with Judith Henderson
📚 Lion on the Inside 📚
Author: Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir with Judith Henderson
Illustrator: Kathrine Ahmed
Publisher: Citizen Kid
Islamic Content: Hijab
Concerns: The hijab
Bilqis has loved basketball from a very young age. She has always been part of the school team. But at a high school basketball tournament, the referee called her out for having a hijab (turban) during the game. She takes it upon herself to make great changes in the game.
I had never heard of Bilqis' story until I had seen this book announced months ago. Anytime a book is written about hijab inspiring young girls, I am there. I preordered the book and I was excited to get it. The story is empowering and inspiring. To stand up for your rights and fight for our Islamic dress code in our spaces. Her bravery to speak up has changed the game for many aspiring young girls.
One thing I just cannot get over, is the fact that a turban has been referenced as hijab in this book. In real life and and now in kid lit, it is disappointing to see turbans being equated to Islamic hijab. We see this trend in our youth.