Ramadan, or Ramazan as it is commonly known in South Asia, is the Muslim festival of fasting, prayer and good deeds.
This Ramadan, KitaabWorld and MALA (Muslim American Leadership Alliance) have created this simple guide (download the pdf here) as a resource for parents and educators to conduct read-aloud story times and increase awareness about Ramadan within our communities.
Here are our Ramazan recommendations include everyone’s favorite monkey keeping his first fast, lovely illustrations of Ramadan nights and even how to handle lunch time at school!
My First Ramadan:
Follow this young boy all set to fast as his elders do. Come share his experiences of this special month!
Join Amal on his first time fasting as he learns about Muslim traditions. Things don’t go as planned, but Amal has the love and support of his family to see him through it all. Read an interview with author Amy Maranville
and see Amal's Eid
It's Ramadan, Curious George:
Join Curious George as he learns about fasting, sharing special treats and helping the needy all during his first fast in Ramadan!
Owl and Cat: Ramadan is:
Inspired by classic children's poem 'The Owl and The Pussycat' comes this wonderful picture book where Owl and Cat celebrate Ramadan and learn about patience, prayer and kindness. See other books by Emma Apple here
Under the Ramadan Moon:
This story will have your kids reciting the lyrical verses about all the aspects of Ramadan in no time! A wonderful introduction to fasting, giving, spiritual growth with an eye at the window to wait and watch the Ramadan moon.
A Party in Ramadan
A Party in Ramadan: Leena is excited to for her first fast on Ramadan but she gets an invite to her friends birthday party. Will she be able to keep away from the lemonade and chocolate cake?
Drummer Girl: Young Najma loved Ramadan and wishes to beat the drum that traditional male musaharati drummers use during the wake-up call for the pre-dawn meal. Will Najma's family support her decision and help her realize her long cherished dream?
My Friend is Muslim
My Friend is Muslim: Layla and Nancy work together on a presentation on Islam and help us understand the traditions, beliefs and celebrations in an informative, and relatable way.
Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan's Miracle
Moon Watchers: Shirin Ramadan's Miracle A wonderful story where young Shirin learns about Ramadan traditions and develops closeness with her family during this special month.
Zachariah's Perfect Day
Zachariah's Perfect Day: This books follows young Zachariah on his first fast during Ramadan and how joy, love and gratitude envelop his day.
Celebrate Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr
Celebrate Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr: This book is a great resource that informs us about the historical, religious, and cultural aspect of this Muslim holiday. With beautiful photographs, maps and a global perspective, this book celebrates the religious and cultural significance of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr.
Night of the Moon:
The beautiful illustrations in this book evoke images of Islamic art and trace traditions rooted in an ancient time as celebrated in the modern Muslim world.
The White Nights of Ramadan:
A tale about Ramadan from the desert lands of Kuwait where the three middle days of Ramadan are called “The three whites”. Noor along with other children collects treats and learns the true meaning of the holiday.
Finally able to participate in the Ramadan fasts, Lailah is excited yet anxious. How will she explain Ramadan to her friends at school and more importantly, survive lunch time?
Bestest Ramadan Ever:
Ever wondered what it is like to balance tradition with you know, the real world? Bestest Ramadan Ever is a young teenage girls humourous take on Ramadan as well as her struggle to fit in.