Review and Giveaway: Noor Kids

Growing up I remember saving up my money for a Highlights subscription. If you’re unfamiliar with Highlights, it’s a children’s magazine that features stories, games, crafts, recipes, puzzles, and loads of other fun things. I remember the anticipation I felt each month awaiting the arrival of the magazine. Once I had it in my hands, I would immerse myself in it for hours. Each day I would soak up everything between the covers until the next issue arrived and I memorized it from beginning to end.

All those years ago, I remember wishing that there was something that represented Islam inside. It covered Christmas and Hanukkah crafts, but never Ramadan and Eid. There was a section where reader submitted art was featured. I remember scouring the names for anything ethnic sounding. I wanted to relate so badly. I wanted to fit in and find my place in this magazine I loved so dearly. Eventually my subscription expired, but not my wish for having something to represent me as a Muslim child.

I remember when I first heard about the Islamic Children’s books, Noor Kids. I was so excited for my girls! I’m constantly striving to give them the things I wish I had for myself. Always wanting to give them a better life and more opportunities. We were currently subscribed to High Five, which is an extension of Highlights magazine, but targeted for younger kids. It was by chance that I was able to score a complimentary set of Noor Kids books through my work with AmericanMuslimMom.com.

Noor Kids Muslim Children's books

Honestly speaking, Maysoon loves Noor Kids books!

I was eager to get my hands on the copies. I couldn’t wait to dive in with the girls and explore these great new magazine style books. Once we received the books I instantly fell in love with the covers! I greatly appreciated the nod to the Islamic art motifs I love so dearly. High quality art is a must when it comes to children’s reading material. I strongly believe that we should surround our kids with beauty. Just as the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty.”

Noor Kids Covers

Wear and tear from major book love on the girls part. Love, love the cover art!

There as so many things I loved about the books. Each one offered a different theme with sweet little stories and discussion questions. Plus there were different style interactive pages in each book. Each girl liked the books for different reasons. I’ve even found Baby Z sitting and flipping through the colorful pages. It’s Maysoon by far who had the biggest attachment to the books. She wouldn’t leave the house without her books. “Where are my Noor Kids?!” She’s even thrown a tantrum or two when she can’t locate them! Once they’re back in her hands, she’s super content.

In my opinion, I would love if these books more closely followed the Highlights magazine. By that I mean I wish in every issue there were specific features that appeared each time; crafts, recipes, reader submitted work, Muslims around the world (a collaboration with Peter Gould’s Kids of the Ummah, would be awesome!), interesting puzzles/games, etc. It’s not necessarily that I felt the books were lacking, it’s just that we enjoyed the books so much that we were left wanting more!

Noor Kids Islamic children's books

Maysoon really loved the coloring pages. I love her 4 year old style of coloring!

These books are definitely a huge step in the right direction. A venture that I strongly support and am hopeful to see grow. I love that my girls (and future generations) have quality reading material that’s interesting and current. I think it will certainly help them connect and take pride in their Muslim identity.

Noor Kids gave me and my daughters the chance to feel a connection to the books. We quickly recognized Jenin’s teacher’s husband on one of the pages! I loved the cartoon version of my blogging friend, Yvonne of My Halal Kitchen.

Noor Kids Children's Muslim Books

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41 Responses to Review and Giveaway: Noor Kids

  1. Javeria says:

    I want it. I want it.. I love books for myself and my child. :)

  2. Amali Elabed says:

    I need to get my hands on those!!!!

  3. Sakina Towery says:

    I think I actually enjoyed going to the doctor and dentist office as a child because they had highlights magazine. What an amazing alternative for our kids as Muslims.

  4. Sarah says:

    Great idea! It makes such a difference for (Muslim) kids to see their lives reflected in the media they consume… Would be great to see some themes geared toward older kids/preteens

  5. Saadia says:

    I have been seeing these on FB for some while now and would love for my daughter to enjoy them..!

  6. Nora says:

    Omg highlights..That takes me back lol!! This magazine sounds like something my kids would love!! Great gift idea for Eid!

  7. This is awesome and so important for Muslim kids to see others like them portrayed in these magazines!

  8. HijabiMommy says:

    OMG, Highlights….loved that magazine growing up. I can totally relate to the feelings you described. My girls would love Noor Kids.

  9. Hina khan says:

    Wow Masha Allah! Such a great thought! I was always wondering if i can find some islamic cartoons for my kids to watch instead of dora and spongebob. But islamic books is another brilliant idea! Specially living in the west!

  10. OMG I was addicted to highlights as well! I thought I was the only one who missed those days <3. I would love these books for my kids. They are so into Disney and nickodeon that I want them to know we can have fun and learn about faith as well. I want them to experience some of the things I had fun doing as a child

  11. Eman says:

    I loved Highlights as a kid. It’s important for Muslim kids to have books which have characters they can identify with. It would be great if there was a theme about being proud to be Muslim, especially living in a non-Muslim environment.

  12. Sheila Ouamalich says:

    Mashallah… My daughter loves books!! She would love these. We currently get the Highlights in the mail for her and she loves them and all the activities, but these are far beyond that. It teaches children about Islam and that’s a wonderful thing. I’m a new Muslim and its been a little hard teaching her about Islam, so these would be so great for her and fun for her while she learns InchAllah.

  13. Mona says:

    I loved going to the dentist just to read the highlight magazine. Would love to read this one!!

  14. khadijah says:

    iI think its crucial for our kids to have characters that represent Islam and being Muslim. It would be fantastic if themes reflected current issues as well as Muslim contributions to civilisation (Science, Mathematics etc..) because so much of this integral part of our history is lost on our younger generations.. give them something to feel proud of!

  15. Farah says:

    I have been looking to get these for my daughter!

  16. Madiha says:

    I also loved Highlights as a kid and wish I had these books when I was younger. My child will love to see a Muslim identity represented in a fun and interactive way.

  17. Sumaiya Arif says:

    I have been meaning to subscribe for so long!!!!I might get it now:D

  18. Mimi says:

    I loved the Highlights magazines as a kid too! I think it’s important for kids to have Noor Kids books because it’s important to incorporate religion into their life from an early start. It’s a fun way for them to learn about it too!

  19. UmmZayd says:

    I’m so glad to see a Muslim alternative to children’s magazines. This is essential for Muslim identity building in kids growing up in the US.

  20. Shabana says:

    I’d love for my kids to have this collection. They’ll love the simple colorful stories and how easy it is to follow and understood the stories

  21. Maryam Sami says:

    Asa, Bismillah. More books inshAllah for instilling the love of Allah and Prophet SaW. Would love to win some inshA

  22. Sumiya says:

    These are great, I picked up one last year at MCA and my kids still read it. Maybe a topic on eating and being healthy would be great.

  23. Keisha Francis says:

    I love Highlights and my children do as well, and these would be a great addition to our collection.

  24. Amina says:

    I loved Highlights while growing up too. Nice to know there are more options for Muslim kids. I would love to see stories about Adab/manners. My boys would love this!

  25. Sumer says:

    It’s amazing to have these types of books for children, I want my kids to be excited to read about Islam and inshallah in the future muslim kids books can be a normal thing to see everywhere.

  26. Maha says:

    Having Muslim-centered books and magazines normalizes the experience of being a Muslim in the west. I would love to check these out for my girls.

  27. fatema khan says:

    My children would love these! It’s important that they not only hear about Islam from their elders but also learn about Islam from a print source geared towards their age group. I would love for articles about self esteem and etiquette to be covered in future publications.

  28. Sarah says:

    It is important for Muslim children (especially growing up in a non Islamic culture) to have a book series, such as No or Kids because it helps instill in them a love of Allah swt, Prophet Muhammed saws, and of being a Muslim. The stories & activities will help aide the parents in giving their children Islamic personalities, insha’Allah. I would like to see something in No or Kids which talks about doing the things Allah swt loves (hijab for both boys and girls, adhering to rules of freely mixing between the genders,etc) purely for His sake despite the fact that it may seem strange to the broader public.

  29. Aamna says:

    I have always wanted my kids to read books that have Islamic values in them. Most fiction books don’t teach the same values we try to instill in our kids today. Would love to see books on other topics like Ramadan and Salat.

  30. Eva says:

    It’s important for our children to read books with characters that they can relate to, while teaching them important morals and values, especially living here in the West. I would love to see more content in each book in the future including real life stories from Muslim children, and about the love for Allah and his Prophet (saw).

  31. Halima says:

    These would make great gifts! I love books that cater specifically to the youngest Muslims. They need Islamic books just as much as adults.

  32. Fakhera says:

    This is awesome and extremely important! Great job noorart

  33. Asfiya says:

    What a wonderful way for our kids to connect with characters upholding Muslim ideals and morals! Great teaching tool done in an engaging way that kids can relate to.

  34. shazia Saleem says:

    Such a beautiful flag. I would love put it outside the house and/or window with lights.

  35. shazia Saleem says:

    Definitely use in our Islamic private school

  36. rema shuman says:

    i love highlights, my daughter gets them every month, it was her eid request, i would love the islamic twist on it.

  37. Sakina says:

    I’d love for my boys to try these books!

  38. Sharifah says:

    SubhanAllah, talk about a trip down memory lane! Highlights magazines were the best.

    Noor kids would be even better since it brings something very important to our Muslim children, Islam. I love the cute characters, the colors and the way ideas are brought in an easy way for our little ones to enjoy.

    My almost three year old would love these.

    By the way, I know it’s early yet but Eid Mubarak :-)

  39. Eman says:

    This really important magazine for little muslim kids.

  40. Ghazala says:

    We love to read and I am sure my kids would enjoy these books!!

  41. Laila says:

    It’s important for young Muslims to have role models in the books that they read – especially role models that aren’t driven by corporate America! I’d love to read a story from Noor Kids about young Muslims from a multi-cultural household.

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