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Representation in Literature for Young Adults

Minnesota educators struggle to find books, especially fiction, depicting Muslim young people in America: “It is extremely important for young people to read stories reflecting their ethnicity and/or religion in order to feel like worthwhile human beings,” said Freda Shamma, director of curriculum development for the Foundation for the Advancement and Development of Education and Learning, based in Cincinnati. “The absence of such stories leads to poor grades in school, feelings of loneliness and alienation, and low self-esteem,” said Shamma, who is working on an anthology of Muslim literature directed at middle-school-age students.

Read more on The Star Tribune: Missing character in kids’ literature: Muslims by Norman Draper.

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