Children’s Books About Ramadan

For over one billion Muslims worldwide, Ramadan is a special time of fasting, praying, giving and togetherness. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it begins with the appearance of the new moon. The month of Ramadan is also a wonderful time for children to learn more about Islam and its traditions – the books on this list are a good start!

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Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

My First Ramadan
Katz, Karen
“Look! There is the new moon in the sky.” An adorable little Muslim boy is excited that Ramadan is about to begin. This year he wants to fast like the grown-ups! With simple words and colourful illustrations, My First Ramadan is a wonderful first introduction to Ramadan for the youngest readers.
Toddlers

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It's Ramadan, Curious George
Rey, H. A.
George is excited to be celebrating Ramadan with his friend Kareem and his family. Together they make gift baskets to donate to those in need, enjoy the evening celebration and the special treats, and celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan. It’s Ramadan, Curious George is a playful rhyming board book with fun tabs, perfect for all children who celebrate Ramadan, and for those who are learning about it for the first time!
Toddlers

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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
Khan, Hena
“Red is the rug / Dad kneels on to pray, / facing toward Mecca, / five times a day.” With the most stunning illustrations and simple, informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is a wonderful introduction to the world of Islam, celebrating traditions like Ramadan and Eid. For even the youngest readers.
Preschool

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Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story
Khan, Hena
A 7-year-old Pakistani American girl experiences the month of Ramadan with her family, from fasting to special meals, from distributing food at the mosque to celebrating The Night of the Moon and Eid. With rich illustrations in the style of Islamic art, Night of the Moon is a beautiful window into modern Muslim culture and its traditions. Includes glossary.
Elementary School

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Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story
Faruqi, Reem
Lailah’s family recently moved to the US from Abu Dhabi. When Ramadan begins, she is excited to participate in the fasting for the first time but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she won’t be eating lunch with them. With help from the school librarian and her teacher, Lailah finds a way to overcome her fears and makes new friends who respect her beliefs. Beautifully illustrated with full-page watercolour pictures, Lailah’s Lunchbox is a gentle story about feeling different, friendship and faith.
Elementary School

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The White Nights of Ramadan
Addasi, Maha
When Noor sees the almost-full moon rise in Kuwait, she knows it is time to prepare for Girgian, a mid-Ramadan celebration observed mostly in the Arabian Gulf states. Noor and her brothers make candy to share with the children in the neighborhood, and decorate canvas bags, hoping to fill them with treats when they go from house to house, dressed in traditional clothes. With engaging illustrations, The White Nights of Ramadan underlines the true meaning of Ramadan: Self-improvement, community and sharing.
Elementary School

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A Party in Ramadan
Mobin-Uddin, Asma
Leena has a dilemma: Too young to fast each day, she decides to fast each Friday instead, but then she receives an invitation to a party that happens to fall on a Friday. Leena decides to go to the party, but not eat or drink. But watching her friends enjoy lemonade and cake is tough – will she be able to keep her fast? A Party in Ramadan is a charming story about a young Muslim girl wanting to do the right thing.
Elementary School

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Ramadan Moon
Robert, Na'ima
The Holy Month of Ramadan begins with a whisper, a prayer and a wish. Written and illustrated by Muslims, Ramadan Moon is a lyrical and inspiring picture book that captures the wonder and joy of this special holiday from a child’s perspective.The enchanting story is complemented by appealing multimedia illustrations.
Preschool, Elementary School

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Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle
Jaladi, Reza
9-year-old Shirin follows the stages of the moon throughout Ramadan. She desperately wants to fast like the rest of her Persian American family, including her older brother, and is thrilled when she is finally allowed to do so for half a day. When she discovers her smug brother secretly eating, she decides not to expose Ali but help him instead, acting in the true spirit of Ramadan. Moon Watchers is a moving and authentic story about traditions and sibling rivalry.
Elementary School

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The Best Eid Ever
Mobin-Uddin, Asma
Aneesha misses her parents who are in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage. Her grandmother cheers her up with a gift of gorgeous clothes from Pakistan, complete with matching bangles and handmade shoes, as well as with her favourite curried lamb dish. Meeting two girls at the prayer who had to flee their war-torn country, Aneesha realizes just how fortunate she is and helps make it The Best Ever for these girls.
Elementary School

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