The Sandwich Swap

Inspired by her own childhood, Queen Rania also wrote “The Sandwich Swap,” which tells the story of two girls, Lily and Salma, who are best friends and share and do everything together – except their lunch. One has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the other a hummus and pita sandwich, and they both think the other’s food looks “gross”! When they finally come out and say what they think, their friendship is pushed to its limits. The argument gets a little bit messy, but eventually they overcome their differences and embrace diversity.

The Sandwich Swap is a New York Times bestseller, reaching the number one spot for children’s books in May 2010. Proceeds from the book support Madrasati, one of Her Majesty’s initiatives to rejuvenate disadvantaged public schools in Jordan. Co-authored with Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, the book was released in English in April, 2010. The Sandwich Swap appeared in Arabic in June under the title Salma and Lily. Also available in Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese, it can be bought on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.