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Salma Makes a Home

By Danny Ramadan
Illustrated by Anna Bron
Interest Age: 6–9
Grade: 1–4
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile 680L
Paperback : 9781773217628, 120 pages, May 2023 , 7.5" x 6.0"
Hardcover : 9781773217611, 120 pages, May 2023 , 7.5" x 6.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773217635, May 2023


A 2023 NYPL Best Book for Kids!

Charming, creative Salma takes on big feelings with even bigger ideas as she navigates life in a new country, Syrian identity, family changes and new friendships in this engaging and heartfelt early chapter book series.
After a year, eleven months, and six days apart, Salma’s dad is finally joining her family in their new home. Salma is so happy to see her baba–but she’s also worried. What if he misses Syria so much that he leaves them again? She throws herself into showing him around the city and helping him learn English, but as Baba shares memories of Damascus Salma starts to realize how much she misses Syria, too. Can Salma make space in her heart for two homes? And can Baba?

across the world was Salma’s first big adventure. Now you can join her
on even more adventures in her new home—from cooking Syrian food, to
becoming a big sister, and more!


  • Joint winner, Windows & Mirrors List, NEIBA 2023
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2023
  • Winner, Best Bets, Top Ten, OLA 2023
  • Joint winner, New York Public Library Best Book for Kids 2023
  • Joint winner, The Children’s Book Council Librarian Favorite 2024


“[A] lyrical, layered, and deftly told story. A forthright, tender perspective on childhood immigration.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/25/23