THE PROUDEST BLUE begins with mother and daughters, Faizah and Asiya, purchasing a first-day hijab for Asiya. It is blue like the ocean waving to the sky. The next day, Asiya wears it to school. Faizah is proud of her sister. When she hears comments from school bullies, it puts a damper on her day. Then she remembers her mother's words about the importance of tradition, and walks away from the negative comments. The vivid illustrations complement the story of family, tradition, and love. The author, Muhammad, is a fencer and the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete in the Olympic Games for the United States.
Jolene Hetherington, Advisory Board Member, Munising School Public Library