Once Upon An Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

S. K. Ali (Editor)
Aisha Saeed (Editor)
Sara Alfageeh (Illustrator)

Abrams / Spring 2020

-Kirkus starred review
-Booklist starred review
-School Library Journal starred review
-School Library Connection starred review
-Winner of Middle East Book Honor Award
-Kirkus best book of the year
-CCBC best book of the year
-School Library Journal best book of the year
-Quill and Quire best book of the year
-A 2020 Nerdies Title
-Rhode Island Middle School Book Award 2022 Nominee
-Evanston Public Library 101 Great Books for Kids List 2020
-Middle East Book Award Honorable Mention

A joyous short story collection by and about Muslims, edited by New York Times bestselling author Aisha Saeed and Morris finalist S. K. Ali.

Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims.

Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations.