Arab American Heritage Month

Arab American Heritage Month

"Arab American" is a large and diverse identity umbrella referring to Americans with Arab ancestry.  It includes immigrants from Arab countries in Northern Africa and Southwest Asia as well as their descendants.  According to the Arab American Institute, the U.S. is home to 3.7 million Arab Americans.

While many different kinds of events and celebrations have recognized Arab American lives and histories,  Arab American Heritage Month is a very recent observation.  The Arab America Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative in 2017, and it was not until 2022 that the federal government recognized the month!

This April, celebrate by getting to know some brilliant Arab American authors!  If you're interested in reading about the history of Arab American literature, check out this article (although, warning: it's an academic piece, so not the easiest or quickest read).  Or, check out some of our favorite Arab American authors below.



Literature & Adult Fiction

The Skin and Its Girl The Thirty Names of Night Between Two Moons Girls of Riyadh Arab Boy Delivered The Other Americans You Exist Too Much Fencing with the King Pomegranate Soup The Stardust Thief


Memoir & Nonfiction

Arab in America Out of Place The Return How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?




Into It Love and Strange Horses Dying with the Wrong Name



Middle Grade & Young Adult

The Shape of Thunder Other Words for Home Farah Rocks Fifth Grade The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero The Turtle of Michigan The Wonders We Seek Rana Joon and the One & Only Now Travelers Along the Way Huda F Are You?



Picture Books & Chapter Books

The Cat Man of Aleppo In My Mosque Halal Hot Dogs The Arabic Quilt Maya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party Maya Khan and the Fabulous Jasmine Garden


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