Alya Hameed

When she isn't editing, chasing her toddler around the house, or experimenting with recipes, Alya is usually submerged in a book. She holds an M.A. in Children's Literature from SDSU; she's also held a quidditch match before—her skills are clearly wide and varied. These days, she's lucky to be able to write in tiny pockets of time. Find her on Twitter: @SimplyAlya.

Literature in the Korean Drama BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE

This Rioter discovered something even more absorbing than the Korean drama she couldn't get enough of: the literature it featured.

Why I Started Reading Pakistani Feminist Poetry

Only recently did I encounter Pakistani feminist poetry. But it has kindled a desire to lose myself in these powerful feminist perspectives.

4 Books That Make Astonishing Use of Maps

These alluring novels take readers beyond the perimeter of the typical map, featuring unique maps that serve as more than mere reference material.

15 Harry Potter Quotes on Love That Will Always Resonate

A roundup of some of the best Harry Potter quotes about love for your crush, partner, or your Valentine's Day card to yourself.

Understanding My Child’s Needs Through Books

This Rioter finally figured out that the books her toddler is choosing to read with her reflect his current interests and his emotional needs, too.

Books for Young People Inspired by the Words of the Year

One reader took a look at some of 2019's words of the year and matched them with timely children's books for readers of all ages.

Beyond Hope and Whimsy: Complex Themes in KidLit

Beyond hope, reading children's books is about understanding a complex world from a kid's perspective, and learning about ourselves in the process.

30 Books for 30 Days of Ramadan

30 books for every day of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. From children's Ramadan books to adult reflections, there is something for everyone.

16 of the Best Islamic Books for Kids

Whether you’re Muslim or not, this list of 16 of the best Islamic books for kids (with recommended age ranges) is definitely worth checking out. 

What I Learned When I Tried to Get My Mom to Read

I had a chance to get my mom back into reading and I failed, giving me a chance to reflect on what reading means to me and what I hope it can be for her.

5 Pop-Up Books that Stick Out as Great Gifts

The pop-up book is an under-appreciated engineering feat of imagination. Here is a list of pop-up books that would make excellent gifts.

13 Bookish Ways to Spend the Holidays if You Don’t Celebrate Them

Holiday traditions can be extremely fun to come up with even if you don't celebrate the holidays themselves. Here are bookish ways to spend the holidays.

The Perils of Having a Toddler Who Adores Reading

Spooky October Reading That Won’t Scare You (Too Much)

When you want to enjoy the chilling Halloween season without the zombies, bloody murders, or fright fests, try one of these spooky books for October.

Kid Lit Authors Want Everyone to Take Action for the Upcoming Elections

YA authors are pledging to take 28 days of action to get involved in the midterm elections that affect them, therefore motivating fans to do the same.

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