March Reading Month

March is reading month and AAYSP will be featuring books by Yemeni-American authors

The first book is Journey of a Yemeni Boy by Dr. Rashid Abdu

The book is a story of a nine-year-old Yemeni boy, born into poverty in a small village in the old Kingdom of Yemen, when that country was still frozen in the dark ages. Against all odds, and against strong family wishes, he engaged in many menial jobs in order to survive. But he also had impossible dreams and goals, which he followed through a rough and tortuous path until he reached the United States at age fifteen. In the United States, the author found compassion and generosity of spirit in the land of opportunity, where anyone from any part of the globe, can reach goals and fulfill dreams. He found the freedoms to speak, to worship, to work; unafraid to live and to establish a future. He reached his goals and fulfilled his impossible dreams in America the beautiful. To the old, the story is unique and interesting; to the young, it is educational and inspiring.

The story is also about people, places, cultures, and events. It is about poverty and hunger, patience and perseverance. It is about the dark ages in the modern world. It is about tragedy and triumph, joys and sorrows, life and death, good and evil, love and hate, hope and despair, success and failure.

Leading While Muslim by Dr. Debbie Almontaser

This book examines the lived experiences of American Muslim principals who serve in public schools post-9/11 to determine whether global events, political discourse, and the media coverage of Islam and Muslims have affected their leadership and spirituality. Such a study is intended to help readers to gain an understanding of the adversities that American Muslim principals have experienced post-9/11 and how to address these adversities, particularly through decisions about educational policy and district leadership.

Poetry for Me by Noel Said Hassan

Muslim-American teen poet Noel Hassan draws on her experiences as a Yemeni girl growing up part of multiple worlds to produce a first work that every teen in America will understand, no matter what their background. In Poetry for Me, Noel reflects the depth of her relationships with members of her family, and reflects on the joys and hazards of growing up as a traditional Muslim girl both in Oakland, California and in the tiny town of Robbins, sitting northeast of Sacramento with a population of 323. A skilled poet at a young age, her poems resonate across cultural boundaries. They delve into emotions and events that shape every teen, as well as most adults. This debut book of poetry will touch the heart of all readers. From “Being Different”: Being Different Basically means Being true to the person you are and who you want to be. Being Different Basically means Being a flower instead of a tree in the big forest that everyone else wants to be. Being Different Basically means Not following society’s orders.