Genre: Historical Fiction     Reading Level 1-5

            Silent Music uses calligraphy to unite worlds. Ali, a young boy from Baghdad, associates calligraphy with a soccer ball crossing the field and music in his head. Next he shares the beauty of the Arabic calligraphy as a form of art, an escape from war, and a connection with the famous calligrapher, Yakut. I like how this book portrays a life of a young boy loving his culture and heritage.

This would be a great book to introduce calligraphy as a form of art. It could also be a source to see children of other countries enjoying soccer and art just like we do in the states. In would be a great stepping stone conversation into different faiths. The Bible teaches us to respect others.

Philippians 2:3

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves..”


Charlotte Zolotow Award, 1998-2017, Honor 2009

Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards, 1953-2016, Honor 2009

Middle East Book Award, 2000-2015, Winner 2008