Experience the Magic of Ramadan with Farida Zaman's Upcoming Picture Book “Aliya's Secret'"

This joyful, child-friendly look at Ramadan is based on the author’s own childhood experiences. The book is full of details about Ramadan and how Muslim families might celebrate the holiday. 

Experience the Magic of Ramadan with Farida Zaman's Upcoming Picture Book “Aliya's Secret'"
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Farida Zaman’s heartwarming celebration of Ramadan “Aliya’s Secret: A Story of Ramadan” will be released this October 17. The picture book tells the story of young Aliya, who seeks to keep her fast during Ramadan a secret as a surprise for her parents, but is unable to resist her mother’s sweet baklava when she gets home. 

The book’s description reads: “Ramadan is coming, and as Abba and Ammi prepare for their month-long fast, Aliya hugs a secret to her chest: she’s going to fast too! Ammi says she’s still too young to fast, but Aliya is determined. At school, she refuses her snack, her lunch—even the cupcakes Sanjay’s mom drops off for his birthday. But when she gets home, she can’t resist Ammi’s sweet, syrupy baklava. Before Aliya can stop herself, she reaches out and takes a big bite.

“Aliya is disappointed in herself, but Ammi explains that there are many other ways to celebrate Ramadan besides fasting, like performing acts of kindness! Together, Aliya and her parents spend the month preparing and delivering meals to people in need.”

This joyful, child-friendly look at Ramadan is based on the author’s own childhood experiences. The book is full of details about Ramadan and how Muslim families might celebrate the holiday. 

One Goodreads reviewer wrote, “What is sweet is that it is written in such a way that Muslims and non-Muslims can understand what is going on. That the mother explains all the good that happens during Ramadan that goes beyond fasting. And that the little girl also celebrates with her non-Muslim friends to introduce them into the holiday.”

Farida Zaman is a writer and illustrator based out of Toronto. Her portfolio includes children’s picture books, editorial art, puzzles, maps and more. Zaman is of Bangladeshi origin, and has lived in the UK, US and Canada. She trained in fine art and illustration at the Chelsea School of Art, and later the Wimbledon School of Art in London. 

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