Introducing our children to Ramadan and fasting is an important and exciting part of being a Muslim parent. One of my favourite ways to introduce any topic is books and more books. Picture books have the potential and I’d argue – power – to help shape how we view Ramadan. The excitement, peace and joy Ramadan brings to us as Muslims radiates through many of these books and it’s contagious. As they read, our children will often see uncanny resemblances to their own families and traditions but will also be introduced to different customs and the beautiful diversity that is the Muslim world. Here’s a round-up of 13 picture books – how wonderful to have so much choice!
My First Ramadan by Karen Katz – Tells the story of a young boy who learns more about Ramadan and is fasting for the first time this year. More information here.
Ramadan Moon by Nai’ma B. Robert – A poetic description of Ramadan follows the waxing and waning of the moon and captures the wonder and joy of this special month from the perspective of a child. More information here.
Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman – A beautiful lyrical book, ideal for young children, celebrates the coming of Ramadan and follows a family’s activities “under the moon, under the moon, under the Ramadan moon.” More information here.
It’s Ramadan, Curious George by H.A. Rey & Hena Khan – A sturdy board book that’s in-depth enough for older children but entertaining for little kids as well. Join George as he helps his friend Kareem in Ramadan. More information here.
Rafiq & Friends: The Ramadan Date Palm by Fatemah Mashouf – The first in a new series of books that aims to help children develop their identities as young Muslims. More information here.
Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan – A family favourite, this gorgeous picture book captures the colourful world of Islam with stunning pictures that depict prayer, Ramadan, Eid and more. More information here.
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan – Yasmeen is a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, join her as she learns about and celebrates Ramadan with her family. More information here.
Lailah’s Lunchbox, A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqui – Lailah has moved to a new school in a new country and while she’s excited about fasting for the first time, she’s also worried how her classmates will react when she doesn’t join them for lunch. While the book discusses fasting and Ramadan, it also sends an important message of encouragement for those who feel different. More information here.
Rashad’s Ramadan & Eid-al Fitr by Lisa Bullard – Rashad tells readers about Ramadan as he tries hard to be good all month. When it’s time for Eid al-Fitr, he feasts and plays! More information here.
A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin – Leena is excited Ramadan is coming! She decides to fast on Fridays but faces a dilemma when she is invited to a party on a Friday where everyone else will be eating and drinking. This book opens up dialogue about a struggle many young Muslims face. More information here.
The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi – Noor lives with her family in Kuwait and this picture book details special cultural celebrations that take place on what’s known as the ‘White Days’. More information here.
Raihanna’s First Time Fasting by Qamaer Hassan – A charming story about a young girl’s first time fasting. More information here.
Zachariah’s Perfect Day by Farrah Qazi – The book chronicles Zachariah’s first day fasting and also details the purpose and benefit of fasting as well as the joy, peace and gratitude that envelop this holy month. More information here.