New Book Strives to Make Muslim American Children Feel At Home At Home

Author portrays young hijabi as All American Girl.

Shayma Mustafa

Shayma Mustafa  released her first book last week. It’s called Excuse Me Ma’am, Excuse Me Sir – I’m Amina, An All American Girl. The book was released as a part of the monthly bilingual Storytime at the Arab American National Museum.

Mustafa says she has been asked all her life where she’s “really” from. When her daughter also had that experience, she found herself having the same discussion with her child her own father had had with her 30 years before. She says her daughter told her she didn’t feel like an American.


  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.