Middle East and Language Arts

Teaching the Middle East Through Language Arts


Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad, written and illustrated by James Rumford. (Roaring Brook Press, 2008).  (MEOC Winner 2008)

Middle and High  

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Scholastic Press, 2010).  (MEOC Winner, 2011)


One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty (Barefoot Books, 2007). (MEOC Winner 2007)

Middle and High
Freefall. Anna Levine (Greenwillow, 2008)


Count Your Way through Iran by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson, illustrated by Farida Zaman (Millrook Press, 2007). (MEOC Honorable Mention 2007)

Middle and High

Persepolis and Persepolis 2, by Marjane Satrapi. (Pantheon, 2003, 2008).


“Lazy Keloğlan and the Sultan’s Daughter: A Turkish Tale” Faces, February, 2010.
Teacher guide here  Text of the story is included in A Treasury of Turkish Folktales for Children, Barbara K. Walker. 

Middle and High

Memed, My Hawk, by Yashar Kemal. (New York Review of Books, 2005)

For more suggestions, go to the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

and Eve Tal’s site for books on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

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