The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa: Lily and Salma are from different backgrounds and eat different foods. This divides the two girls until a surprising incident makes them realize that sometimes trying new things can lead to positive outcomes.
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by EB Lewis: In this touching tale about the gulf between neighbors in the rural South, Clover and Abby test the same wide chasm that Adel and Gholam do in Hosseini’s novel.
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Ted Lewin: Farah is from an unnamed Muslim country and feels out of place as a new student in a school in America. She learns that some things are the same all over the world.
*Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story From Afghanistan by Jeannette Winter: This powerful story tells of the impact of the Taliban on children in Afghanistan and focuses on one young girl and the secret school that is her salvation during this period.