The Kindest Red

A Story of Hijab and Friendship


By Ibtihaj Muhammad

By S. K. Ali

Illustrated by Hatem Aly

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The sequel to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Proudest Blue shows the power of friendship and kindness, from Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

It’s picture day and Faizah can’t wait to wear her special red dress with matching hair ribbons, passed down from her mother and sister. Faizah’s teacher starts the day by asking her students to envision the kind of world they want, inspiring Faizah and her friends to spend the day helping one another in ways large and small. 

But when it’s time for sibling pictures, Faizah realizes that she and her older sister, Asiya, don’t match like her classmates do with their siblings. With help from her classmates inspired by Asiya’s hijab, Faizah finds that acts of kindness can come back to you in unexpected ways.  

From Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and fellow bestselling, award-winning creators S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly comes a heartfelt exploration of friendship, faith, and the joy of spreading kindness wherever you go.

**Spend more time with Faizah and Asiya in The Proudest Blue, where the story starts; and The Boldest White, where the story continues!

  • A Children's Book Council Librarian Favorite

    * “Helping others looks fun and rewarding in this sweet tale that empowers readers…. A loving and lovely celebration of the many ties—sisterly, friendship, communal—that bind.” 
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • “This cheerful multicultural book, brimming with optimism and hope, will make a lovely read-aloud or bedtime story.”
  • Praise for The Proudest Blue:

    *On 12 state award lists!*
     "Inspiring.... The lovely, playful illustrations by Aly capture the spirit of imagination and sisterly solidarity in the face of bullying."
    New York Times Book Review
  • * "Memorable and inspiring.... Triumphant and true."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "A lovely blend of emotional lyricism and closely observed everyday life."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "Aly's ink-wash-and-pencil illustrations settle and soar along with the language.... This story, as both window and mirror, inevitably educates, but more important, it encourages pride in and respect for hijab through a tale of two sisters, their bond strengthened by faith."
    Booklist, starred review
  • * "This excellent story about identity, visibility, and confidence, touches on rites of passage, bonds between sisters, and bullying and is unapologetic in tackling misconceptions and demanding equality."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • "Hatem Aly's ink-wash and watercolour illustrations perfectly complement the lyricism of Muhammed and Ali's moving text."
    The Globe and Mail
  • “A joyous tale of strengthening community by lifting up one another …the message is perfect as well as vital for elementary children. An exuberant follow-up to The Proudest Blue.” —School Library Journal

On Sale
Jan 10, 2023
Page Count
40 pages

Ibtihaj Muhammad

About the Author

Ibtihaj Muhammad is a fencer and the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games. She is also the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women’s saber team event. An activist, speaker, and entrepreneur, Ibtihaj has written a memoir, Proud, and inspired the first hijabi Barbie in her likeness. She invites you to visit her online at

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S. K. Ali

About the Author

S. K. Ali is the award-winning author of Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z and the coeditor of an upcoming Eid anthology. Like Faizah and Asiya, she and her sister visited hijab shops every year before the first day of school to choose their proudest colors.

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