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Meet Yasmin!

by Saadia Faruqi
Illustrated by Hatem Aly

Meet Yasmin! Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level5-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-2
SubjectAction & Adventure
Trim Size5 1/2 x 7 1/4
Page Count96
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School Library Journal - Claire Moore, Manhattan Beach Library, CA

"STARRED REVIEW! As she delves into new experiences, Yasmin also faces some common childhood fears and develops creative solutions on her own. Faruqi introduces readers to a delightful new beginning reader series that features an imaginative second grader who will quickly become a favorite among emergent readers. Aly’s animated illustrations are the perfect complement to the text and bring Yasmin and her beloved family to life. . . .A definite purchase for any beginning reader collection." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews

"STARRED REVIEW! Readers will be charmed by this one-of-a-kind character and won't tire of her small but significant dilemmas. Faruqi nails the child's perspective, and illustrator Aly gives Yasmin life. Backmatter intended for child readers offers things to think and talk about from the stories, an index of Urdu words presented as a fun way to learn the language, facts about Pakistan, a recipe, and a craft. Utterly satisfying." - Kirkus Reviews

June 15, 2018


Muslim Reads

"The cultural and religious references are placed unobtrusively in the background. . . .The fact that her mom grabs her purse and her hijab when she’s getting ready to leave the house and that her dad calls her jaan are just normal parts of Yasmin’s life and a normal part of the fabric of American life. . . .these are fun stories that everyone can enjoy." - Muslim Reads

July 30, 2018

The Aerogram - Niranjana Iyer

"While each story tackles a problem, the conflict doesn’t arise from Yasmin’s cultural identity. The plots are universally relatable, for Yasmin faces challenges that every kid has gone through. . . .There’s some very clever writing going here, where the cultural information is prominent but never obtrusive. . . .Each story is brimming with heart." - The Aerogram

July 30, 2018


A Crafty Arab - Kay Tarapolsi

"I took the book to my story time at the library and it got a room full of thumbs up." - A Crafty Arab

July 17, 2018

Kidliterati - K.L. Hallam

"Yasmin and her Pakistani American family will delight you. Yasmin shares her problem-solving skills in creative and inventive ways. . . .MEET YASMIN is a welcome addition to the chapter book market. I look forward to reading more of Yasmin’s trials and learning how she tackles them. I’m sure kids will too!" - Kidliterati

July 10, 2018


Literacy on the Mind - Lisa Maucione

"...a great read to recommend to transitional chapter book readers." - Literacy on the Mind

July 2, 2018

The International Examiner - Alan Chong Lau

"...looks at the adventures of a  bright, intelligent young girl and her multi-generational Pakistani American family." - The International Examiner

June 20, 2018


CM: Canadian Review of Materials - Meredith Cleversey

"This is a fun early reader, great for kids interested in strong female characters having realistic adventures. . . .Meet Yasmin! also does a great job of incorporating the main character's Pakistani American heritage in small ways throughout the stories. . . .With expressive illustrations by Hatem Aly, short, easy to read chapters, and a main character with a plucky personality and strong problem-solving skills, Meet Yasmin! is a good choice for early readers in search of a contemporary story full of realistic adventures and a lot of fun. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

June 8, 2018

Book Riot - Karina Yan Glaser

"...a fun chapter book that should join the likes of Jasmine Toguchi by Debbi Michiko Florence and Lola Levine by Monica Brown." - Book Riot

May 7, 2018



Junior Library Guild

Fall 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection

July 1, 2018

Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer, essayist and interfaith activist. She writes for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, and is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her adult short story collection Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan was published in 2015. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children.

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