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About M. O. Yuksel
M.O. Yuksel is the author of IN MY MOSQUE (HarperCollins, 2021), a lyrical picture book that celebrates the joys and traditions found in mosques around the world. It is a 2021 School Library Journal Best Book, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection, a Chicago Public Library 2021 Best Book, and a New York Public Library 2021 Summer Recommended Read. It received high accolades and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal.
M.O. Yuksel is also the author of ONE WISH: Fatima al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University (HarperCollins, 2022), a picture book biography about Fatima al-Fihri, a 9th-century woman who pioneered the oldest university in the world in Fez, Morocco.
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"This marvelous, welcoming book on mosques, Muslims, and Islam is a must, offering foundational knowledge on the world’s second largest religion." —School Library Journal (starred review)
Step in and discover all the rituals and wonder of the mosque in this lyrical debut picture book from M. O. Yuksel, with gorgeous artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator Hatem Aly. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom, this book is perfect for fans of All Are Welcome and The Proudest Blue.
No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone is welcome here. From grandmothers reading lines of the Qur’an and the imam telling stories of living as one, to meeting new friends and learning to help others, mosques are centers for friendship, community, and love.
M. O. Yuksel’s beautiful text celebrates the joys and traditions found in every mosque around the world and is brought to life with stunning artwork by New York Times bestselling illustrator Hatem Aly (Yasmin series, The Proudest Blue, The Inquisitor’s Tale). The book also includes backmatter with an author’s note, a glossary, and more information about many historical and significant mosques around the world.