Children’s Books to Read During
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.
Scroll down for a varied selection of books celebrating Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr. They are perfect to use in the classroom and at home.
Children's Books for
Ramadan & Eid-al-Fitr
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Drummer Girl by Hiba Masood
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
Ramadan (Celebrate the World) by Hannah Eliot
Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
Ramadan Moon by Na'ima B. Robert
Ilyas & Duck & Fantastic Festival of Eid-Al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja
My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
Tell me more about Ramadan by Bachar Karroum
The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard
R Is for Ramadan by Greg Paprocki
What books do you read to children to teach them about this important time in the Islamic calendar? Let me know in the comments below of your recommendations. I will some to update this post for 2020.
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