Simon & Schuster has launched a new imprint specializing in Muslim-themed children’s books. Salaam Reads will be “the first imprint at a major publisher focused on Muslim characters and stories,” according to Simon & Schuster.
Salaam Reads will publish nine titles per year, starting in 2017. The first four titles will be Salam Alaikum, by Harris J.; Musa, Moises, Mo and Kevin, by Huda Abdul -Razzak and Azhar Sheraze; The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand, by Karuna Riazi; and Yo Soy Muslim, by Mark Gonzales.
The imprint will be led by publisher Justin Chanda and executive editor Zareen Jaffery.
“There is an incredible range of cultural and religious traditions among Muslims in the United States and across the globe, illustrating that there is no one way to be Muslim,” said Jaffery, in a statement. “Our aim with the Salaam Reads imprint is in part to provide fun and compelling books for Muslim children, but we also intend for these books to be entertaining and enriching for a larger non-Muslim audience.”