Celebrating the Arab American Community

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This month we celebrate Arab Americans, our friends and neighbors whose heritage can be traced to the Arab world. Many people assume the Arab world is synonymous with the Middle East, but there are twenty-two countries, spanning West Asia to North Africa, that make up the Arab world. While sharing a common linguistic heritage, the Arab American community's diversity is reflected in the various religious and cultural practices of its members. 

Michigan is home to the second-largest Arab American population in the United States. While the community is concentrated primarily in metro-Detroit, Arab Americans live in 81 of Michigan's 83 counties. In Michigan, and across the U.S., cities, townships, cultural institutions, and other organizations celebrate April as Arab American Heritage Month and we are happy to count CPL  among them. Check out the resources below to learn more.  

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The books below are written by Arab American authors, include Arab or Arab American characters, or discuss Arab history and culture. Books for children are listed first, then teens, then adults. 

Farah rocks fifth grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Lailah's lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
Other words for home by Jasmine Warga
Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nuurali
Silverworld by Diana Abu-Jaber
Under my hijab by Hena Khan


All-American Muslim girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Here we are now by Jasmine Warga


The other Americans by Laila Lalami