Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Mommy's Khimar

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 door each day, she wraps one around her head.A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and...

Details Mommy's Khimar

TitleMommy's Khimar
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherSalaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family, Cultural, Religion, Islam

Reviews Mommy's Khimar

  • Kate Narita
    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 they pick up a book and Mommy's Khimar will do that for our female Muslim students. Besides providing a mirror for female Muslim students, Mommy's Khimar is a fancif...
  • Rebecca
    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 scarce, especially black Muslims, so that angle shines, while the fascination with dress-up and parents' clothing remains universally appealing to kids.
  • Renee
    So cute. And I love the pictures.
  • RLL220_Amanda Alvarado
    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 make the khimar's look extremely beautiful. Every girl plays dress up with their mother's clothes but this shows a more powerful message for culture. The young gir...
  • Adrianna Ibrahim
    A little long for story time, but a great book to expose kids to other cultures. Would be fun to read with What Can You Do With A Rebozo?
  • Effie
    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 and I'm so happy that it will be an addition to our library. As a non-muslim person I really appreciated seeing the hijab from this perspective.
  • Mary Mckelvin
    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.
  • Jessie Oliveros
    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 headscarves. We see her playing make-believe, snuggling her brother, and jumping into her daddy's arms. Children will be able to relate to this sweet little girl, which is g...
  • Jen Betton
    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.
  • Viviane Elbee
    Wow! What a great book! The illustrations are adorable, and the main character is so relatable. She's imaginative and loves to play - pretending that the khimar (hijab) is the Queen's golden train, or golden wings to fly, or a superhero cape. She shows how wearing this scarf brings her comfort and memories of her mother when her mother is not right next to her. It also shows her love and acceptance of her Christian grandmother, even though the gr...
  • Becky
    "Mommy shakes her head, but her eyes are smiling." I appreciate that Mom-Mom doesn't wear a khimar or go to the mosque, and the author addresses that it doesn't matter... "we love each other just the same."The very end got a little weird in that it made it seem like the mom suddenly died. I flipped back and forth with the last few pages to see if I missed something, but I think mom being away was just mom being away in the bed. The sky/flying ill...
  • AbsentLibrarian
    A beautiful book about the bond of a mother and daughter. Wonderful illustrations.Working in a library, I really appreciate the simple representation of the Khimar and how it is a part of their lives and an item which bonds the two. A wonderful 'diversity' book that shows an aspect of the religion without becoming theological or political. A great addition to our shelves. We need more well written and beautiful illustrated books, like this one, s...
  • Hannah Holt
    Luminous, lyrical, and lovely. This story follows a young girl as she plays dress up with her mother's khimar. The girl uses it as a crown, a cape, and wings to fly. It's a beautiful exploration of imagination and family love. There's a power in young children seeing children like themselves portrayed in literature, and this book is a wonderful opportunity for young Muslim children to see themselves jumping from the pages. The main character's en...
  • Dorothia Rohner
    This book celebrates the bond of the mother and daughter. The daughter delights in the colorful patterns and fabrics of her mother’s Khimars, especially the yellow one. The bright playful illustrations emote the feeling of joy and peace as she heads out into the world wearing the khimar. This picture book includes family members of different faiths and cultural diversity in the classroom. It cultivates a world where differences are celebrated a...
  • Cindy Chambers
    Mommy's Khimar follows a young girl as she plays with her favorite of her mother's many khimars - the scarves that she wears whenever leaving the house. With illustrations as delightful and bright as Mommy's khimar collection, the book celebrates imaginary play and the love of family and introduces young children who might not have seen a khimar or hijab to the head-covering. I especially love the way the girl breathes in the scent of the khimar ...
  • Sharon
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is currently checked out at the library and I so wanted to take another peek at it prior to adding my thoughts.This magical book successfully tapped into the spirit of a young child playing make-believe in their parent's wardrobe. I fondly remember the feeling of being wrapped in my mother's clothes, the scent of her perfume and lotions of being surrounded by a part of her. This little gal is surrounded by the a...
  • Tina Cho
    Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow’s Mommy’s Khimar is a beautiful picture book about a little girl who plays and imagines with the fabrics of mommy’s khimars. The yellow one is her favorite in which she can shine like a sun, be like a queen, or spread golden wings over her baby brother. The lyrical text teaches the vocabulary words of khimar and hijab in a nondidactic way and gives us a glimpse into a cultural aspect of this girl’s world.
  • Margaret
    Told from the perspective of a young Muslim girl, this book will be relatable to any girl who loves to dress up in Mommy's clothes. This book is wonderful on many levels -- reflecting children who may not often see themselves in books, providing a window into a Muslim culture, showing how families can be mixed and still love each other, and making it all very accessible and friendly. The warm and bright illustrations reflect the main character, h...
  • Kendall
    I read this to my boys. We liked it and it started a bit of a discussion. The only thing I wish was in it was the pronunciation of "khimar" somewhere in it, maybe in a brief note at the end? For readers not familiar with the terminology, it would be a big help. The author/narrator says khimars are synonymous with hijabs, which I didn't know - so it was a great eye-opening book for all of us.
  • Beth Anderson
    This is a beautiful, sweet story of a special mother-daughter relationship, and, though the khimar is a cultural tradition that some will identify with and some will learn about, children everywhere will recognize the play and imagination of the main character. While even within this family there is diversity, the story rings with universals.
  • Patricia Valdez
    Mommy's Khimar is a beautiful book. The main character, a young girl, imagines all of the wonderful things she can be when she wears her mother's yellow khimar. Children will relate to her fun antics while also learning about the khimar. The illustrations pop with color!I reviewed an advanced copy of the book.
  • Samantha
    Beautiful and poignant #ownvoices book about a girl talking about wearing Khimar (also known as hijab) and how she feels wonderful, beautiful, strong, and admires her mother and other people wearing Khimar. Wonderfully received by a Somali-Muslim coworker and her community of friends, family.
  • Lindsey
    This adorably illustrated picture book stars a young Muslim girl as she describes her mother's khimar and its many imaginative uses. The girl's grandmother is a Christian, not a Muslim, but as the girl says, "We are a family and we love each other just the same." In her Arabic class, both Muslim and non-Muslim children are pictured. It's a sweet, comforting celebration of family and culture.
  • Shanda McCloskey
    Mommy’s Khimar is a stunning book. The art is just lovely! This book is a special one because it helps demystify the headdress that some women wear. This book shows how we are all the same in family and love, whether you wear a khimar or not. I liked how the book shows the love and acceptance of the grandma who doesn’t wear a khimar too. Beautiful take on “playing mommy”. It’s wonderful!
  • Jillian Heise
    Beautiful, whimsical story and illustrations show a young Muslim girl's imagination and reality of wearing one of her mother's khimars. I enjoyed seeing her imagination and how strong the khimar made her. And the illustrations celebrate the joy radiating from her. Though the very last line confused me a bit as it seemed not to connect with the story before it.
  • Christy
    Lovely, lyrical text is paired with soft and colorful illustrations in this sweet story of a girl who likes to play dress-up in her mother's khimar, or hijab. The first-person narrator belongs to a happy interfaith family and a welcoming multicultural community. This book is balm for troubled times. (My review is based on an advance reader's copy.)
  • Kelsey
    Age: Toddler-KindergartenCulture: Muslim AmericanFamily: Mother and daughterA 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 sweet story of a daughter's adoration for her mother.
  • Michelle Cusolito
    What young girl hasn't played dress up with her mom's clothes? This universal story features a young girl who dresses up in her mom's head scarves and pretends she's a "queen with a golden train," "a shooting star," and a "super hero in a cape." A sweet story that showcases the love of a family and community for a young girl.
  • Nina
    This beautiful book gives children a lovely glimpse into life in a Muslim American home. A young girl loves her mother and the gorgeous head scarves that she wears. When she dresses-up in Mommy’s khimar, she can become anything from a beautiful bird to a super hero. The illustrations are absolutely stunning, a fabulous debut for both author and illustrator.