Under My Hijab

Under My Hijab
Written by Hena Khan, Illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel

Publisher’s Summary:
As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.

Primary Source Pairing:
Through a fun cadence of rhyming text and emotive illustrations, Under My Hijab is a snapshot of days in the life of a girl who is Muslim and the women in her life who wear a hijab. Use Medeia Cohan’s book Hats of Faith as a companion text to explore additional types of head coverings worn by people around the world. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study a photo collage. Ask students to make notice of what they see and similarities in the images. The photo analysis could be a pre or post reading activity – or both. As the learning environment and the school culture allow, use this book as a conversation starter about the diverse world around us.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What do you notice when you look at the photo collage?
  • What do you see that is the same? What do you see that is different?
  • What questions do you have when you look at the picture collage?
  • What other details can you see?
  • Make a connection to the book Under My Hijab or Hats of Faith.

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Hats of Faith website and additional resources: https://hatsoffaith.com/
Picture Collage: Created by JMarek

Images used in collage:
Top Left to Right:
Man wearing Turban: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1614214
Boy wearing Patka: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sikh_Boy_wearing_Patka.jpg
Girl wearing headscarf: https://pixabay.com/photos/girl-headscarf-istanbul-203973/

Bottom Left to Right:
Young woman wearing head wrap: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Model_in_head_wrap.JPG
Woman wearing Hijab: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/652576
Boy wearing Kippah: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boy_wearing_kippah.jpg