IN THIS POST: These 13 picture books about Islam continue a short series of posts about children’s books related to various world religions.
This past unit study, the girls and I have been getting a brief overview of world religions. While we hold to the truth of Christianity, I think it is wise and good for them to understand the complexities and dynamics of faith around the globe.
My last post on this topic recommended picture books about Judaism. This post will focus on picture books about Islam.
At the end, I have included links to other posts that recommend related books because I can only review those that I have read. What I read and use often depends on what is available through our library. In the event that you don’t have these books in your area, maybe the other recommendations will be available.
Let’s get started!
Picture Books About Islam
Under my Hijab by Hena Khan
A young girl reflects on the different ways that the women in her life wear their hijabs and when. A good explanatory note follows at the end.
A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Leena is thrilled to be fasting this year during Ramadan, but when a friend’s birthday party is scheduled during the day, she must make a difficult choice.
The Perfect Gift by J. Samia Mair
Sarah still hasn’t found a perfect gift for her mom. A walk in the woods gives her an idea.
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard
A basic introduction to Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr with side notes of explanation. Large pictures and short sentences make this an ideal read for K-1 readers.
Moon Watchers by Reza Jalali
Shirin desparately wants to fast during Ramadan, but she is told that she is still too young. Her brother likes to tease her. The development of their relationship may be a Ramandan miracle.
Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert
A girl and her family observe Ramadan and pay attention to the implications of the moon’s size. Colorful illustrations.
Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
Simple introduction to Ramadan – good for young children.
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan
A Pakistani-American girl celebrates Ramadan. Beautiful, colorful illustrations that point readers to Islamic art.
The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin
A young girl makes a generous and thoughtful gift to new girls at her mosque.
Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid by Yasmeen Rahim
Geared toward younger children, this book provides an overview and introduction through the perspective of two siblings.
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
A young girl has mixed feelings about being old enough to fast during Ramadan. She had been excited to celebrate with her friends when she lived in the UAE, but now that her family lives in Georgia she’s not sure the other people will understand.
The White Nights of Ramandan by Maha Addasi
When the moon is full it is the middle of Ramadan. The tradition in the Arabian Sea – Persian Gulf region is for children to collect sweet treats from neighbors and friends.
Yan’s Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani
Yan wants to do Hajj. He saves his money and then sets out. Each time he encounters a situation that needs some help and he willingly spends his time and money to do so. Before long, he is an old man and cannot earn enough money to make the pilgrimage. How will he do Hajj?
Additional Resources for Picture Books about Islam
If these books don’t fit your needs or you would like additional options, please check out these blog posts that make other recommendations.
Ramadan Children’s Books at Pragmatic Mom
18 Picture Books to Read During Ramadan and Eid by Children’s Library Lady
40+ Picture Books for Muslim Kids by Home Play School
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