18 Children's Books to Read During Ramadan & Eid-al-Fitr
Ramadan is the most important religious observance for Muslims around the world. Read on for some wonderful picture books about Ramadan & Eid-al-Fitr.
What is Ramadan?
Muslims observe Ramadan during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the most important Islamic religious observance for millions of Muslims around the world. The start of Ramadan varies every year, depends on the new moon of the ninth month.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast, meaning they refrain from consuming any food or drink between sunrise and sunset. This encourages Muslims to pray and to live a virtuous life. Many people will give to charity during Ramadan, donating food and clothes to the poor.
Muslims break their fast at sunset every evening by eating dates and drinking water. They pray and then eat a meal with family and friends.
Before sunrise, people eat breakfast and pray before the fast begins again. Not everyone has to fast, including the sick, elderly, pregnant women and young children.
What is Ed-al-Fitr?
The 3-day celebration of Eid-al-Fitr starts at the end of Ramadan. While it is a time of enjoyment, it is also a time for forgiveness. Muslins thank Allah for giving them the strength to complete the fast. As with Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr begins with the sighting of the new moon.
The celebration involves praying at the mosque, wearing their best clothes and giving gifts to family and friends. People will decorate their homes and have a large meal to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
The BBC gives a great overview of Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr for children, including videos.
Picture Books about Ramadan
Scroll down for a varied selection of books celebrating Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr. As well as books about Ramadan you will find books about Muslim families that are a great introduction to Islamic traditions.
The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Deep In The Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
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