9 Ramadan & Eid Tales by Muslim Authors

 

Ramadan is in the air!

My news feed is abuzz with people preparing for the blessed month ahead.

For me, I’ve truly been occupied with serious matters, like what samosa fillings would do this year, ordering an oversized Eid dress from an online retailer and working on some self-created Ramadan decorations.

Well, with all this going on and more, I also managed to whip up a list of nine Ramadan tales authored by Muslims to make your Ramadan, just the more special!

1. Night of the Moon A Muslim Holiday Story

Written by Hena Khan

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Chronicle Books

My thoughts: Khan does a wonderful job walking readers through Ramadan with the experience of little Yasmeen (the protagonist). The illustrations are so vibrantly blue, emphasized with traditional Islamic Art. The text provides learning of common Ramadan customs and traditions for readers.

(Don’t forget to check out the glossary and authors note at the back for further details about Ramadan.)

https://www.amazon.com/Night-Moon-Muslim-Holiday-Story/dp/08118606

2.It’s Ramadan, Curious George

Written by Hena Khan

Illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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A monkey celebrating EID! Sounds like a not-to-miss story.

My thoughts: With everybody’s favorite monkey and a boy named Kareem, this reading adventure is one that shouldn’t be missed. Curious George becomes quite the little helper, supporting Kareem through his fasts while also sampling yummy treats for iftar. Together they also take part in helping at the mosque, where the two make food baskets for people in need. Find out more in this colorful board book told in rhyme!

www.amazon.com/Its-Ramadan-Curious-George-Rey/dp/0544652266/ 

3.Ramadan Moon

Written By Naima B Robert

Illustrated by Shirin Adl

Frances Lincoln Children’s books

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A poetic Ramadan read.

The author uses a heart-warming poetic approach to engage your little readers. Rhythmic description of the phases of the moon, coupled with narrations from a girl about Ramadan & Eid, makes for the perfect Ramadan & holiday story.

What makes this book a special Ramadan read?

Descriptions like “ripe fruit”, “silver sliver” and “gold medallion” are for the phases of the moon. My children gained an understanding of how the moon starts to “wane” after it reaches its “medallion form.” Don’t you just love it when the author gives you a craft idea while reading their book? I bet you do! 

https://www.amazon.com/Ramadan-Moon-Naima-B-Robert/

4.Ilyas & Duck And the Fantastic Festival of Eid-ul-Fitr

Written by Omar S. Khawaja

Illustrated by Leo Antolini

LBK Books

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Join Ilyas and his quirky duck friend on their journey celebrating Eid.

My thoughts: If you’re looking for that perfect Eid book to share with your family, this has got to be it!  The picture book begins with the month of Ramadan coming to an end.   (So Ramadan isn’t the focus of the book.) The book is majorly about Eid with Ilyas and his quirky duck friend!

This rhyming story puts a smile on your face at or before every page turn, and is bound to steal your little one’s heart! The duck is clueless about how Eid ought to be celebrated but at the same time determined to help his friend, Ilyas. Find out how what happens in their action-packed journey brought to life through fun illustrations.

https://www.amazon.com/Ilyas-Duck-FANTASTIC-FESTIVAL-EID-AL-FITR/dp/0985072849/ref=sr_1_3?s=books

5.Lailah’s Lunchbox – A Ramadan Story

Written by Reem Faruqi

Illustrated by Lea Lyon

Tilbury House Publishers

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It’s Ramadan & people in Lailah’s classroom think she’s forgotten her lunchbox. How will she explain?

My thoughts: A touching story that should be in every classroom library.

The story could be used as an introduction to Ramadan and portrays how a fasting child may feel far from their own country. The picture book is about a girl who moves to America from the Middle East and is met with the challenge of disclosing the fact that she fasts and “doesn’t just forget her lunch.”

A resourceful book,

a.) for a Muslim child who has immigrated to a new world where his/her holidays are unknown. Most likely the reader will relate to the protagonist and learn how to share Ramadan with others.

b.) for children from other beliefs who will not just learn about Ramadan, but will perhaps make others feel more welcome during the month.

https://www.amazon.com/Lailahs-Lunchbox-Ramadan-Reem-Faruqi

6.The Perfect GIft

Written by J.Samia Mair

Illustrated by Craigh Howarth

The Islamic Foundation

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In her quest to find the Perfect Eid Gift, this girl finds so much more!

My thoughts: A sweet story of a little girl who hasn’t yet found the perfect Eid gift for her mother. Full of worry, she decides to take a walk in the woods, a practice that often provides comfort. Much to her surprise, she finds the answer to her problems in the beautiful snowy woods. She learns to appreciate God’s creation and the fact that gifts don’t have to be fancy at all. A vividly illustrated, wonderful picture book for children looking for “The Perfect Gift.”

https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Gift-J-Samia-Mair/dp/0860374386/ref=sr_1_1?s=books

7.Ramadan

Written by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi

Illustrated by Omar Rayyan

A Holiday House Book

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You’ll find out much about Ramadan & Eid with Hakeem.

My thoughts: This book has lovely illustrations and does a good job of describing Ramadan and the holiday it follows, elaborately. The book describes Ramadan and Eid through the character, Hakeem. The author goes into detail about everything pertaining to Ramadan for the reader to gain thorough knowledge. This book would also be refreshing for a household wanting a Ramadan tale with a male protagonist. A great addition to your Ramadan shelfie.

(Note: The author states that pregnant Muslim women are not allowed to fast. Whereby this is not correct. Religiously for a pregnant woman to fast or not, is her own choice.)

https://www.amazon.com/Ramadan-Suhaib-Hamid-Ghazi-1996-09-01/dp/B01FKRY378/ref=sr_1_2?s=books

8. Ramadan

On My Own Holidays

Written by Susan L.Douglass

Illustrations by Jeni Reeves

Carolrhoda Books

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Capturing Ramadan and Eid around the world.

My thoughts: This is an informative book for children explaining Ramadan and Eid from around the world. It begins with explaining how the Islamic Calendar works to how the arrival of Ramadan becomes news to its spreading across nations. Affairs pertaining to Suhoor events and people who are exempted from fasting are also explained. The book also covers Iftar, Prayer, what a fast means and all events leading to Eid. I believe the author also laid emphasis on how it is a holiday represented all over the world with illustrations depicting many races. If you’re looking for a book that covers Ramadan in-depth, this is probably one of them.

(Note: I think this book wouldn’t be suitable for children under 5 years of age because of much detail but great for older children willing to learn about Ramadan).

https://www.amazon.com/Ramadan-Own-Holidays-Susan-Douglass/dp/1575055848

(Note: I think this book wouldn’t be suitable for children under 5 years of age because of much detail but great for older children willing to learn about Ramadan).

https://www.amazon.com/Ramadan-Own-Holidays-Susan-Douglass/dp/1575055848

9.Ramadan & Eid-ul-Fitr

Written & Illustrated by Azra Jessa

Tahrike Tarsile Quran

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Little Azra’s Ramadan & Eid.

My thoughts: In this book, a little girl named Azra tells all your little reader needs to know about Ramadan. A children’s book great for a Ramadan and Eid introduction for an audience of 4-year-olds and above. Azra tells readers about her first fast and how she feels afterward. (Read the book to find out.) Azra’s narrative focuses on what Ramadan is all about leading up to Eid, where she explains the worship and celebration this day holds.

https://www.amazon.com/Ramadhan-Eid-ul-Fitr-Azra-Jessa/dp/1879402238

So that’s a wrap folks and here I am hoping to have played a part in your future bookish memories. The thought truly gives me joy. Leave a comment below and tell me which books you’ve read/haven’t read/wished to have read from the list. Or just drop a line, I’d be more than happy to connect.

 

Take care and stay tuned for more, here at Tales with Mimi.

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11 thoughts on “9 Ramadan & Eid Tales by Muslim Authors

  1. I love your reviews. This is an amazing list of books and best picks for this ramadan for my kid, I must say you just made it pretty simple to look for good ramadan related content online for kids. It couldn’t be more exciting. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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  2. Yaaay awesome. Loved the list!

    In holiday house book you said about pregnant women not allowed to fast – I don’t know the context of the story but I remember reading they are not allowed to fast because they can harm themselves or their babies in a process. But like it’s not forbidden and upon the choice of women, as you mentioned.

    But it definitely is a good compilation!

    Keep writing 🙂

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    1. Thank you for pointing that out! I think the author might have wanted to talk about the factors of impermissibility, but failed to mention that it wasn’t completely impermissible.

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  3. Jazakillah khair, a few new books that I haven’t seen yet, I’ll have to look them up. I often get asked by my kids’ teachers about Ramadan, and these are great tools to suggest for class reading! Jazakillah khair!

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  4. That’s a lovely list. I think it’s soooo much better to make our children read these books as they are relatable for them and make them fall in love with their religion in a very fun way.

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