An Edmonton mother didn't see Somali-Muslim experiences in children's books — so she wrote one

Rahma Mohamed first arrived in Canada from Somalia at eight years old. She learned to read at age 10 and instantly fell in love with it.

But she had a hard time picturing herself in the books she was reading.

"These characters were fascinating to me, but none of them looked like me," Mohamed told CBC's Radio Active. "None of them came from the same country as I did. None of them had my experiences."

Mohamed now has two kids aged three and six, and was hoping to read stories to her kids that they would more closely relate to.

She searched for children's books featuring Muslim characters of African descent and couldn't find any — so she decided to write her own.



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