Dive Into Eid Celebrations with These Five Engaging Books for Kids

Dive Into Eid Celebrations with These Five Engaging Books for Kids

Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are Muslims’ most important and celebrated days of the year. In recent years, a growing number of picture and chapter books have highlighted the variety of ways in which Muslims mark these holy days for young children and teenagers alike. Read on to discover five books for children about Eid.

1. “Amira’s Picture day” by Reem Faruqi

Reem Faruqi’s heartwarming picture book, illustrated by Fahmida Azim, is a story of Amira, who is excited to celebrate Eid with her family and community but realizes that she might miss her school’s picture day. Not only does she want to wear new, fancy clothes for the holiday festivities, she also wants to make sure she makes it in her class picture so that her classmates will be sure to remember her. A last-minute idea on the car ride home might just be the perfect solution.

2. “The Night Before Eid” by Aya Khalil

This sweet picture book follows the story of Zain, his mother and his grandmother Teita making Teita’s famous ka’ak (biscuits) together on the night before Eid. Zain unpacks the precious ingredients — ghee, dates and honey from Teita’s suitcase all the way from Egypt — and they follow their family recipe to bring to life their Eid traditions, history and Egyptian heritage. The book was written by Aya Khalil and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh, and includes a recipe for ka’ak for readers to make on their own.

3. “The Night of the Moon” by Hena Khan

Hena Khan, bestselling author of “Amina’s Voice” and “Amina’s Song,” wrote this sweet story of the celebration of the night before Eid al-Fitr, called Chaand Raat in the Urdu language. Seven-year-old Yasmeen watches every night as the moon grows and shrinks until it disappears during the month of Ramadan, and finally reappears again to mark the night before Eid. This picture book was vibrantly illustrated by Julie Paschkis, and was published in 2008.

4. “The Best Eid Ever” by Asma Mobin-Uddin

Young readers can learn about Eid al-Fitr and Hajj, the pilgrimage where Muslims travel to Mecca, in this picture book written by Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrated by Laura Jacobsen. Aneesa is missing her parents who are away for their pilgrimage and struggles to find reasons to be excited for an Eid without them. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her beautiful clothes for each day of Eid. When Aneesa meets two girls who are dressed in clothes that do not fit them, and discovers that they are refugees who had to leave everything behind, she comes up with a plan to make it the best Eid holiday ever.

5. “Once Upon an Eid” edited by Aisha Saeed and S.K. Ali

Aisha Saeed and S.K. Ali collaborated on this anthology showcasing Muslim voices in a diversity of formats, all sharing stories about Eid. The writers, who include author and co-creator of “Ms.Marvel” G. Willow Wilson, bestselling author of “Amina’s Voice” Hena Khan and the author of “Mommy’s Khimar”  Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, showcase diverse Eid celebrations from a variety of perspectives. While some of the stories may begin with strife, they focus on the joy that comes with Eid, whether in the form of gifting your friend a new bike, or perfecting a traditional family Eid recipe.

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