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Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. During this month, Muslims all over the world reconnect to their religion through fasting, sharing meals, self-reflecting, and reciting the Quran.

If you want to learn more about this beautiful holiday season, here are some picture books that you and your child can explore together.

Book cover with an illustrated girl with straight black hair holding a lanternGolden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, by Hena Khan: This gorgeously illustrated rhyming picture book introduces readers to the basics of Islam. A fun and comprehensive introduction to the religion.

The Gift of Ramadan, by Rabiah York Lumbard: Sophia, the book’s protagonist, believes that she is finally old enough to fast for Ramadan. But when the tempting smell of treats leads her to break her fast early, she wonders how else she can participate in the holiday. A universal story about young children finding their place in their families and in their faith.

blue book cover of Lailah's Lunchbox written in cursive on a yellow lunchboxLailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story, by Reem Faruqi: Lailah is delighted that she is old enough to fast for Eid. The only problem is that her friends in Atlanta, where she now lives, don’t understand her traditions. A lushly illustrated story about being your whole self.

Ramadan Around the World, by Ndaa Hassan: This intricately illustrated book describes how families all over the globe celebrate Ramadan, from Texas to Senegal. A celebration of the beauty and diversity of Muslim diaspora.

It’s Ramadan, Curious George, by Hena Khan: The beloved monkey Curious George learns about Ramadan from his Muslim friends. Note that this book is aimed at non-Muslim children.

Book cover with sunset background and an illustrated girl with brown skin and black hair looking upHannah and the Ramadan Gift, by Qasim Rashid: Hannah is too young to fast, but that doesn’t mean that she’s too young to celebrate Ramadan. Together with her Dada Jaan, Hannah learns about helping others, not only during the holy month, but throughout the world. An uplifting story about the power we all have to change the world.

Every year, the list of new titles about Ramadan grows. Remember, when choosing a book about Ramadan or Islam for your child, look for those with Muslim authors and illustrators.

 

 

Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., believes stories have the power to change the world. Her middle grades book, Dear Mrs. Naidu, won the South Asia Book Award, and her picture book A Butterfly Smile was inducted into the Nobel Museum by Laureate Dr. Esther Duflo. Her novel A People’s History of Heaven was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner award, a finalist for the LAMBDA literary award, and named a Skipping Stones Honors Book. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, and Fulbright Scholar, she currently consults for Sesame Workshop. She holds a doctorate in education from Columbia Teachers College.