Books about Eid-ul-Fitr

Muslims celebrate the end of the month of fasting (Ramadan) with a day called Eid. This is called Eid-ul-Fitr (there is another Eid called Eid-ul-Adha which is celebrated after the Hajj – pilgrimage).

In the children’s books listed below you will find the joy and happiness that this special day brings. But they also highlight the need to be thankful for what we have and to be generous to others less fortunate than us. Incidentally, many of the books that were listed in the “Books about Ramadan for Kids & Teens” reading list (see here) also mention celebrating Eid.  

Eid Stories for Children 

Samira’s Eid by Nasreen Aktar  

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This picture book is a delightful read for young children as they witness a little girl and her brother prepare for Eid. At the start Samira and her younger brother keep their first fast for Ramadan. Then we see and feel their excitement as they spot the new moon signalling the start of the next month, Sha’ban, and as a result the day of Eid. The happiness and joy of going to salah, meeting family, eating food and having presents fill the rest of the book. And in the end Samira receives the best present of all. My copy of the books comes in Arabic and English but it is also available in English and a variety of other languages including Urdu, Albanian, French and Turkish. For ages 4 to 8.  

 

Eid Kareem Ameer Saab! by Fawzia Gilani (Goodword Books)  

 

This book contains a message that adults and children can learn from. Ameer Saab is wealthy and greedy. He refuses to give charity or pay his servant proper wages. That is until Ameer Saab begins to have nightmares and learns a lesson. Makes a good read-aloud story and for creative play (i.e. skit). For ages 6 to 10.  

I’m Learning about Eid-ul-Fitr by Saniyasnain Khan (Goodword Books)  

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We meet Farah and Faisal who celebrate the day of Eid in London. Throughout the book they meet their friends who each come from different countries. We are shown beautiful paintings of the masaajid (mosques) from these countries. This is another books that’s good for reading aloud. For ages 5 to 8.  

“I love Eid” in the Muslim Child by Rukhsana Khan (Albert Whitman & Company)  

This short story in the collection Muslim Child comes immediately after Azeeza’s First Fast and is a first person telling of how Azeeza and her family spend the day of Eid. The language and pencil sketches really do a wonderful jo of drawing the child into the story. For ages 7 to 10.  

For more Eid stories see this site for a collection of Muslim folktales and children’s Eid fiction, many written by the author Fawzia Gilani http://www.eidstories.com/

Enlighten and Entertain Kids & Teens in Ramadan (Reading List)

Even during Ramadan we look for ways and means to keep our children and teenagers entertained. What better way than to do this than by providing them with a wonderful selection of informative and attractive books to read. Better yet, create a family circle time where all members of the family read Qur’an (and/or ahadeeth) listen to a story and then discuss their thoughts and feelings .     

The following is a list of books (fiction and non-fiction) that you may consider reading and sharing with your children and teens during this Ramadan [I know it seems late to be posting this list, after all half of Ramadan is over, but it’s better late than never. I am sure someone will benefit from it, inshaAllah (God Willing)]:     

Note: I have read all the titles listed here and personally recommend them. You will find a brief summary of each title and clicking on a title will take you to the publisher or online bookstore.     

 

Ramadan Reading for young children (4-7 years):

Pizza in his pocket. Learning to be thankful to Allah by Jawah Abdul Rahman (Goodword Books)     

A simple picture book with a big message. Young readers  meet a little boy who learns that while Allah has given him a variety of food (think of baklava, samosas and pizza, of course), he should not overeat. When he meets a hungry girl, he decides to do something good with all the food he has. For ages 4-7.      

A Time to Give by Mennah I. Bakkar (Arab Scientific Publishers)     

A lovely picture book that introduces the concept of charity to young children and the importance of giving to those in need. For ages 5-8.     

A to Z of Akhlaaq. Moral values for children by Sr. Nafees Khan (Goodword Books)     

Each page introduces a moral o ra good habit every Muslim child should learn and practice, from truthfulness to generosity to patience. Vibrant illustrations depict children in various situations which help to make abstract concepts easy to understand. This book would be great not only for parents to read-aloud to their children, but for teachers (Islamic or weekend school) to use in their Islamic studies lessons. For ages 4-9.     

The Kind Man and the Thirsty Dog (Upright Series 1) by Umar and Salimah Salim (Al-Hidaayah)     

Beautiful illustrations and simple narration describes a hadith narrated by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) about the man who Allah forgave because of his kindness to a thirsty dog. For ages 4-6.        

Allah Gave Me Two Ears to Hear by Amrana Arif (The Islamic Foundation)     

Beautiful watercolour illustrations draw young readers into the world of a little girl as she describes the wonders she hears in the world around her using her ears. Children will love to chime in the refrain on every page, “Allah gave me two ears to hear…” This book is part of “Allah the Maker Series” which cover the five senses and includes these titles as well: Allah Gave me Two Hands and Feet, Allah Gave me a Nose to Smell, Allah Gave me Two Eyes to See and  Allah Gave me a Tongue to Taste. For ages 4-6.     

      

Ramadan Reading for older children and preteens (8-11 years):

A Great Friend of Children by M. S. Kayani (The Islamic Foundation)     

A revised edition of what I consider a classic, A Great Friend of Children is a collection of six short stories about noble and beautiful actions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as he interacted with the children around him. For ages 7 to 11. [Note: I’m unsure whether this book is still available; but I do know that it is available on audio CD see here.]     

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The Fire that Saved. The Story of the Prophet Ibrahim adapted from writings by Maulana Abdul Hasan Ali Nadwi (UK Islamic Academy)     

A captivating narration of the life of the Prophet Ibrahim, this chapter book will hold the interest of older children as they read in detail about the life of this great man. For ages 8 to 11.     

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Imran Learns about Qur’an by Sajda Nazlee (Ta-Ha)     

A beautiful, simple short story about a boy named Imran who has learnt his Arabic alphabet and is about to get his own copy of a Qur’an. His natural curiosity causes him to ask many questions. His mother and father tell him all about the Quran, how it was revealed, its significance. For ages 7 to 10.    

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My Moroccan Village (Islamic Village Stories) by Luqman Nagy (Goodword Books).     

If you ever wanted to introduce your children/students to the life and history of Muslims in rural areas of another culture then this story (and the others in the series) is ideal. A boy named Abd al Hay takes us on a journey though his village located in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. He shows how houses and the masjid are constructed, the craft-work of the villagers and the food. Also in the Islamic Village Stories series are these titles: My Turkish Village, My Yemeni Village, My Chinese Village, My Palestinian Village, and My Hausa Village. For ages 8-11.     

 

    

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The Story of the Leper, the Bald and the Blind (Upright Series 1) by Umar and Salimah Salim (Al-Hidaayah).     

A story (from a hadeeth of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which demonstrates why we should be grateful for what Allah has blessed us with. For ages 8-11. Other titles in this series for this age group include The King, the Boy and the Sorcerer, Al Khadir and the Begger and The Man and the Gold.      

      

Ramadan Reading for teenagers (12-16 years):

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Companions of the Prophet by Abdul Wahid Hamid (MELS)     

The lives of thirty companions, men and women, of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are told in a compelling, easy-to-read format in this first volume (of a two-volume set). The troubles, trials and achievements of these companions bring the richness of early Islamic history to life. For ages 12 and up.     

      

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Isabella. A Girl of Muslim Spain by Yahiya Emerick (IBTS)     

A beautiful story of a young girl’s courage and determination to find the truth despite the odds that face her. Set in Spain during the time of Islam’s presence and power in that country, Isabella learns and teaches Islam to those around her. For ages 11 to 16.     

       

 In the Prophet’s Garden. A Selection of Ahadith for the Young Compiled by Fatima M. D’Oyen and Abdelkader Chachi (The Islamic Foundation)     

This is a beautiful collection of ahadeeth on various Islamic topics including eman (faith), repentance, respect for elders, friendship, knowledge and good manners. The book includes stunning photos of nature and decorative borders that compliment the text. For ages 12 and up.     

      

Tell Me About Prophet Muhammad by Saniyasnain Khan (Goodword Books)     

This book is a fascinating look at the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) using photos, maps, pictures of relics and captivating narration. It is great for Islamic studies lesson or just for general reading and discussion. A list of ayat of Quranic references is included at the end. Other titles in the series are Tell Me about Prophet Yusuf, Tell me About Prophet Musa, Tell Me About the Hajj and Tell Me about the Creation. For ages 10 to 16.     

      

Child Companions around the Prophet translated by Sameh Strauch (Darussalam)     

Here we meet ten companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during their childhood and youth. Rather than narrated as a story, each chapter is subdivided into sub-sections that give a factual account of the lives of companions such as Abdullah ibn Zubair, Anas ibn Malik, Usamah bin Zaid and Hasan bin Ali to name a few. The narration shows how these young companions interacted with and benefitted from the Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the information provides good role models for our current generation of young adults. For ages 12 and up.  

Books about Ramadan for Kids and Teens

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Every year Muslims around the world look forward to a special month, Ramadan. What better way to share your enthusiasm for Ramadan with your children than to read about this month.  

There are quite a large number of books available on the market that present information about Ramadan; some as a story; others in a factual description. Some are written by Muslims; many are not. With the exception of a few, the majority of fiction books on the market that deal with Ramadan appear to be picture books. Though, you can find short stories for preteens and a very limited selection for teenagers.  

Without much further ado, here are a few books you might enjoy sharing with your children and/or students:  

[Note: While I have read some of the books listed here and can personally recommend them (these are marked by an * – my apologies but time does not permit me to post reviews), other books I recommend based on the author’s other works, the publishers’ reputation as well as my experience in the titles’ appeal to children in the library where I worked.]  

First up are those books that describe the eagerness of a Muslim child as a child embarks on his/her first fast. What is Ramadan? What would it be like? How does the child handle the fast? What happens when a child forgets and eats something? What’s Eid? Here are a few books that address these questions in easy-to-read and entertaining ways for children 8 years and under:  

Welcome Ramadan by Lila Assiff-Tarabain (Goodword Books) – For ages 4 to 7.  

* Hamza’s First Fast by Gauher and Asna Chaudhury (iPromote Media Inc.) – For ages 4 to 8.  

* Ramadan Adventures of Fasfoose Mouse by Ediba Kezzeiz (American Trust Publications) – For ages 4 to 8  

* First Fast (Amana Reading Series) by Uthman Hutchinson (Amana Publications) – For ages 5 – 7  

A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin (Boyd Mills) – For ages 5 to 8.  

* Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi (Holiday House) – For ages 4 to 8.  

* Hurray! It’s Ramadan by Mennah I. Bakkar (Arab Scientific Publishers) – For ages 5 to 8.  

Ramadan Moon Na’ima B. Robert (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) – for ages 4 to 8.  

But we also have these books, written for a wider reading market (mostly non-Muslims) that talk about Ramadan and are just as appealing. These would be good for presenting the concept of fasting to non-Muslim children in a public school for example:  

My First Ramadan by Karen Katz (Henry Holt & Co.) – For ages 4 – 8.  

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman (Albert Whitman & Co.) – For ages 3 – 7.  

To share the experience of what Ramadan in different cultures is like with your little ones, have a look at:  

The White Nights of Ramadan Maha Addasi (Boyd Mills Press) – For ages 4 – 8.  

For some ideas for activities to do with your children this Ramadan have a look at:  

Ramadan Crafts for Kids by Dana Jadallah and Dana Amer (Aardvark Global Publishing Company, LLC). An instructional book in Arabic and English. For parents and teachers to use with children ages 5 to 12.   

For preteens the following short stories/books may interest them:  

* Imran Learns about Ramadan by Sajda Nazlee (Ta-Ha Publishers) – For ages 7 to 10.  

* “Azeeza’s First Fast” a short story in the book Muslim Child by Rukhsana Khan (Albert Whitman & Company) – For ages 8 to 11.  

Magid Fast for Ramadan by Mary Matthews (Houghton Mifflin Co.) – For ages 9 -12  

Layla Deen and the Case of the Ramadan Rogue by Yahiya Emerick (IBTS) – For ages 9 – 12.  

  

For young adults I’ve found very little. They are:  

Boy vs. Girl by Na’ima B. Robert (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) – For ages 13 and up.  

Living Ramadan for Children Who Think by Elma Ruth Harder (Al-Qalam Publishing). A primer/activity-book that can be used by young people on their own as well as by teachers in the classroom. For ages 12 and up.  

The Blessings of Ramadan by Javed Ali (Goodword Books) – A compilation of speeches about the significance of Ramadan for ages 12 and up.  

[Note: For more information about a books, click on its title. Most titles can be found in your local bookstore (Islamic or general), library or online (via publisher or bookstore).]  

  

I hope that from among the many books listed above you find something enjoyable and enlightening to share with your children/students.  

May Allah grant you a beautiful and rewarding Ramadan.  

Happy Reading!