Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, worship and prayer observed by Muslims every year. It takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and celebrates the creation of the Quran. Below are some books celebrating Ramadan which can introduce children to these special customs that are observed by those of the Muslim faith.
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan
This is a beautfully illustrated book that evokes the feel of Islamic art! The story follows Yasmin, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, as she celebrates Ramadan and Eid. This beautiful story offers a peek into modern Muslim culture—and into the ancient roots of its most cherished traditions. A video story time is available here.
The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard
Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly―and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday. A video story time is available here.
It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan
It’s the first day of Ramadan, and George is celebrating with his friend Kareem. George helps Kareem with his first fast and joins in the evening celebration of enjoying a special meal. Then, George helps make gift baskets to donate to the needy, and watches for the crescent moon with the man in the yellow hat. Finally George joins in the Eid festivities to mark the end of his very first Ramadan. A video story time is available here.
Owl and Cat Ramadan by Emma Apple
Owl & Cat: Ramadan Is… follows Owl & Cat, and their family and friends as they celebrate the 30 days of the Islamic month of fasting. They learn that Ramadan is about patience, prayer, kindness and many wonderful traditions. A video story times available here.