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Yasmin in Charge
Yasmin in Charge
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Yasmin in Charge

by Saadia Faruqi
Illustrated by Hatem Aly

In this collection of four stories, Yasmin takes charge of some sticky situations! At home, at school, or out and about, Yasmin faces challenges head on with creativity and quick thinking. Whether she's creating a new recipe, finding a way to rescue a stuck toy for a little friend, or calming down monkeys (and classmates!), a clever solution to any problem is just around the corner!

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level5-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Trim Size5 1/2 x 7 1/4
Page Count96
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School Library Journal - Travis Jonker and Ashleigh Williams

"Best Transitional Chapter Book 2019. Solving life’s problems with creativity and a can-do attitude is Yasmin’s M.O. In this collection of four short stories, Yasmin gets solvin’ at school, in the kitchen, at the zoo, and in her neighborhood. Whether she’s crafting a new recipe or rescuing a friend’s toy from peril, ingenuity is the name of her game. A Renaissance girl for contemporary times who young readers will love." - School Library Journal

November 18, 2019

School Library Journal - Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools

"STARRED REVIEW! In four easy reader–style short stories, readers will find themselves relating to Yasmin’s real-life challenges and cheering for her as she saves the day. . . .This gem of an easy reader is as cheerful and engaging as its protagonist. A must-buy for any library serving newly independent readers." - School Library Journal

May 19, 2019


Common Sense Media - Carrie Kingsley

"...A collection of four kind, happy stories that pair vibrant illustrations and Yasmin’s never-give-up attitude to show young readers that optimism, creativity, and a caring heart help any situation. Yasmin’s family is warm and loving, and she shares parts of her Pakistani culture throughout each story. . . .Yasmin is relatable; the problems she’s solving and the situations she’s in are just right for readers at this level." - Common Sense Media

March 1, 2019

CM: Canadian Review of Materials - Ellen Heaney, retired children’s librarian

"...should be added to classroom or public libraries where it will satisfy a new audience. Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

April 5, 2019


NBC News, "8 Awesome Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity" - Ciarra Chavarria

", engaging and perfect for emerging readers. . . .Yasmin’s religion and culture are woven so seamlessly and thoughtfully into her story that all readers — no matter their background — can learn from and enjoy her adventures. And I love the additional learning material at the back." - NBC News, "8 Awesome Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity"

February 25, 2019

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Just like the first book, Yasmin shows us that she’s a creative problem solver with a kind heart. I love that her Pakistani culture is embedded within the stories but the stories are all about being a kid at school, in her neighborhood, at the zoo, and at home." - Imagination Soup

April 28, 2019


Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"1st Grade Summer Reading List" - Imagination Soup

April 28, 2019


"In this joyful, reassuring series, a second-grader solves typical kid problems like getting separated from her parents when they’re shopping, and spilling on her clothes. Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, integrates the country’s customs into the plots. Full-color illustrations throughout make this series even more engaging..." - Parents

May 11, 2021



Imagination Soup

1st Grade Summer Reading List

May 1, 2019

Junior Library Guild

Spring 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection

April 1, 2019

The Canadian Children's Book Centre

2019 Best Books for Kids & Teens

November 1, 2019

School Library Journal

Best Books 2019

November 1, 2019

Atlanta Parent Magazine

Best Books of 2019

November 1, 2019

Maryland Library Association

2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award, Honor Book

February 1, 2020

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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