speech and language teaching concepts for The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ medial (hijab)
/zh/ medial 


back to school

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

By Ibtihaj Muhammad

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.  With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

This uplifting back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance and being proud of who you are. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for figurative language! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
illustration study​
figurative language
text features​


hijab, curtsy, whisper, special, strong

Character Analysis:

Faizah thinks her sisters hijab is the best thing that was happened to her sister. She respects what it stands for and is jealous of her sister. During the school day, she finds her sister to see how beautiful she is and also stands up for her sister with a sense of pride even though she is younger than her.


The story speaks to the ritual of wearing a hijab and the road-bumps of cultural acceptance that may come along with it.

Figurative Language:

personification of her hijab (her hijab smiles at me the whole way etc.)
similes (li
ke the sky on a sunny day, like the ocean waving to the sky)

Text Features:



How does Faizah feel about the blue hijab?
Why does Faizah say it’s the most beautiful first day of school ever?
How does Faizah feel when the girl asks about the hijab?
How does Faizah feel about Asiya’s hijab?
How does Asiya feel about her sister coming up to her at school?
What do you think Asiya thinks about wearing the hijab to school?
How do their mom’s lessons impact how they think about the hijab and their identity?

If you are interested in seeing other back to school books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.