Five Recent Ramadan Picture Books to Read With Kids This Month

Five Recent Ramadan Picture Books to Read With Kids This Month

1. Moon’s Ramadan by Natasha Khan Kazi (2023)

Description from the publisher: 

“With radiant and welcoming art, this debut picture book and modern holiday classic captures the magic and meaning of one of the world’s most joyful and important celebrations. It’s Ramadan, the month of peace, and Moon watches over Ramadan traditions with excitement and longing in this sweetly illustrated debut. In Egypt, India, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, in Somalia, New Zealand and Indonesia, in Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, children and their families do good deeds in honor of those who have less. Cleverly blending glimpses of different countries’ celebrations with the corresponding phases of the moon, Moon’s Ramadan makes Ramadan, one of the world’s most widely celebrated traditions, accessible and exciting for all readers. Includes robust and easy-to-understand back matter.”

2. Zahra’s Blessing: A Ramadan Story by Shirin Shamsi (2022)

Description from the publisher: 

“Zahra hugs her cherished teddy bear and prays that Ramadan will bring her a longed-for sister. When her bear subsequently goes missing, Zahra finds herself grappling with intense feelings of loss. Over the next few weeks, as she volunteers with her mother at a local shelter for asylum seekers, Zahra befriends a displaced child, resulting in a newfound sense of gratitude and an unexpected Ramadan blessing.”

3. Little Leena Learns About Ramadan by Zainab Fadlallah (2021)

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Description from the author: 

“Join the lovely and funny little Leena as she learns about a special time of the year from her older sister Safiyya. Safiyya explains to her sister the meaning of Ramadan in a simple manner that makes Leena, who has a passion for food, excited for the holiday. This story is for curious children from all kinds of backgrounds, who want to know what the occasion is all about.”

4. The Gift of Ramadan by Rabia York Lumbard (2019)

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Description front the publisher: 

“Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly―and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday.”

5. Ilyas & Duck: Ramadan Joy! By Omar S. Khawaja (2018)

Description from the publisher

“Fasting, Good Deeds, Empathy, Oh Boy! It’s a story about discovery and of Ramadan joy! The month of Ramadan is here! It’s a special time of year. But, when on the morning of the first day of Ramadan Duck learns he cannot eat or drink until sunset, he gets a little concerned. Join Ilyas & Duck in this rhyming adventure as they learn about the joys of Ramadan and all the blessings they bring. There’s a surprise at every turn!”

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