‘What color is my hijab?’ founds the publishing house Diverse Voices



A new publisher in Minnesota, Diverse Voices Press, will debut this week with the release of the children’s picture book “What Color is My Hijab” by co-owner Hudda Ibrahim. in English and Somali editions. The English version of the book, which features women from all professions wearing brightly colored hijabs, appeared last year but was never officially published because of the pandemic.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 26th at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3940 Division St., St. Cloud, the home of the author and her husband and co-editor Abdi Mahad.

Mahad, a former high school teacher, immigrated from Somalia as a child. In a prepared communication he says: “We wanted to give people of color the opportunity to tell their stories with the help of a publisher that understands them and their stories.”

Hudda Ibrahim is a Bush Leadership Fellow teaching diversity and social justice at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud. Her previous book “From Somalia to Snow” was about the Somalis who made Minnesota their new home.

Diverse Voices Press is a hybrid where authors pay the cost of editing and framing the work, and printing books if they want physical copies. The publisher bears the costs of the ISBN number (s) and the costs of sales and marketing.

“Our company’s goal is to tell authentic stories and experiences that are either underrepresented or overlooked,” says Hudda Ibrahim. “Abdi and I are so excited to start something that can help all children, including refugees, immigrants, blacks, indigenous people, LGBTQ and others.”

Please visit DiverseVoicesPress.com for more information. Author submission information is available at [email protected].


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