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Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow: "Sister, Friend"

Ameena feels invisible. It’s been that way since she started at her new school. But now there is another new girl in class. Ameena sees her brownness and her hijab, even though the other kids do not.

Ameena wants to be her friend, but she can’t seem to find the right words or do the right things. Until one day, they find them together: “Assalamu Alaikum, Sister. Welcome.”

About the Author:

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a Philadelphia-based author of popular educator-recommended children’s books. She is a two-time winner of the Muslim Bookstagram picture book award, and she has earned the prestigious Walter, Irma Black, and Golden Kite award honors for her work. Her books continue to make many “Best of” lists, including Time’s “10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2021” and Book Riot’s “20 Best Children’s Books of All Time.”

About the Program: 

  • To attend in person please register here
  • Doors will open to registered attendees at 3:30 pm. 
  • All registered in person attendees will receive a free copy of the book while supplies last. 
  • Street parking, ADA-accessible parking spot, and bike parking are available. There is a public parking garage nearby.

Monday, May 13 at 4:30pm

Light Street
1251 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Age Group

Kids, Ages 3-5, whole family, Ages 6-8

Compass Category

Programs For Children

Event Publisher

Cleve Corner, Manager of Speaker & Author Engagement

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