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/

Books about Ants in Islam (Book Review)

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 The dry scorching heat has driven many ants inside. They are all over the apartment but can be found especially crawling on the kitchen floors. My son likes feeding them with crumbs from his plate. In the bathroom they bravely seek a drink from the tub of water that is sitting to cool.    

As simple as ants may be, their presence in our home has encouraged my son and I to talk about many things from the science the ants (how they live, what they eat, the parts of the ant) to the place of ants in Islam; there is a surah named An-Naml (The Ants), the story of Prophet Suleiman’s ability to hear the ants and the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) mercy to the ants approaching the fire.    

Here are three entertaining books that bring the world of ants in Islam into the lives of children:

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 The Army Walks Through the Valley  is a short and simple story of the Prophet Sulayman’s ability to hear animals communicate; one of these being ants. Young readers will find the illustrations appealing as they learn about the incident when Prophet Sulayman and his army were travelling through the valley.    

 Title: The Army Walks Through the Valley    

 Author: Saniyasnain Khan   

 Publisher: Goodword Books    

 ISBN: 8178981629 (paperback); 8178981610 (hardcover)   

 Reading Level: 3-4 years (Read Aloud); 4-6 years (Read on Own)    

Amr adn the Ants book cover

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Older children will learn more about the science of ants and being kind to animals in  Amr and the Ants. Amr is fascinated by the ants in his front yard but is shocked when another boy finds delight in squashing them with his shoes. As the story progresses Amr learns more about ants in Islam from the stories his parents tell him and from doing research. He even decides to keep an ant farm.  This book is part of the Young Muslim Nature Series which includes Ali and the Spider and Maryam and the Trees.    

Title: Amr and the Ants    

 Author: Rowaa El-Magazy    

 Publisher: Islamic Foundation    

 ISBN: 0860373304    

 Reading Level: 6 – 10 years    

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Love all Creatures is a collection of stories based on hadeeth about the way in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was caring and merciful toward animals. The first story in this book is titled “The Little Ants.” It tells of how the Prophet saved a colony of ants from the heat of a nearby campfire.  

Title: Love All Creatures    

Author: M. S. Kayani   

Publisher: Islamic Foundation   

ISBN: 9780860370772   

Reading Level: 8 – 12 years

What we’re Reading

My sincere apologies for not posting any reviews (I have several drafted and almost ready for posting, insha’Allah) and articles over the past week. Things have been a bit hectic around here and I have been preparing for the poetry celebrations starting in April (look out for some great poetry).

Today I introduce a new feature here on the blog. In the “What we’re Reading” posts, I will mention the interesting books my son is enjoying. Some he reads on his own and others we read together.

The Ark of Nuh by Saniyasnain Khan. (2006). Goodword Books. Nonfiction. 24 pages. Paperback. ISBN 8187570873.

The Ark of Nuh has been of particular interest to my child. He loves seeing the animals marching toward to Ark. The illustrations are lively and attractive for young children. We take time to talk about the variety of animal species created by Allah describing how Allah is Al Khaliq (the Creator). We don’t dwell on the drowning of people but instead focus on the beautiful world Allah created and how wonderful it felt for the people on the Ark and the animals to leave it and start life again.

The Heinle Picture Dictionary for Children by Jill Korey O’Sullivan. (2008). Heinle. Nonfiction. 160 pages. Paperback. ISBN 978-1-4130-2256-8.

The Heinle Picture Dictionary for Children introduces children from ages 4 – 8 to a wide range of vocabulary. It is a wonderful resource book to have around the home and in the classroom. A vast vocabulary is presented to children in an easy-to-read and fun way. Each two page spread introduces a theme (such as seasons, school, animals, time etc.) and the pictures on the pages are clearly labelled clearly. My son enjoys the ‘Rhyme time’, ‘Fun Facts’ or ‘Story’ which are featured at the top of every page.

Seeds Grow into Plants by Mario Lucca. (2001; 2006 Arabic Edition). National Geographic Society/Arab Scientific Publishers. Nonfiction. Paperback. 12 pages English; 12 pages Arabic. ISBN 9953291772.

Seeds Grow into Plants is a dual language book that introduces a child to the world of seeds and plants in Arabic and English. Readers are shown four different sets of seeds (pumpkin, wheat, apple and bean) and asked “What will grow from these seeds?”  The following eight pages depict the type of plant the seed will grown into and the produce that comes from that plant. Photos of actual seeds and plants that used are stunning and vivid. My son enjoys comparing the various types of plants and how they are shaped differently. For example, pumpkins grow on vines (never on trees!); wheat in stalks like grass and apples on trees. The Arabic is simple enough for child to understand. The letters are vowelled and spaced well on the page making reading the Arabic easier (for those first language is not Arabic). I read to my child in Arabic and English when I can (he reads it in English on his own) helping to reinforce the Arabic words he is learning by listening to my voice.