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Ramadan Books for Children

Whether you are celebrating Ramadan this season or simply want to teach your children more about this Muslim holiday, CPL has a number of wonderful books for you to take home. 

Ramandan is celebrated in the ninth month in the calendar used for Muslim holidays. This year Ramadan falls during summer which is the most challenging season to fast. The days are very long and hot. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down in order to understand how the poor feel when they go hungry. The beginning and ending of Ramadan is marked by the crescent moon, and this is why many children's books feature moons on the cover or in the title! 

Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Scrabble.

Curious George celebrates Ramadan with his friend Kareem by sampling special treats, making baskets to donate to the needy, and searching for the crescent moon.

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

Ramadan is one of the most special months of the Islamic year, when Muslims pray, fast, and help those in need. Whitman's lyrical story, with luminous illustrations by Sue Williams, serves as an ideal introduction to Ramadan.

A typical Muslim family celebrates the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Yasmeen has a wonderful time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with her family and friends.

Nine-year-old Shirin wants to join her family and other Muslims in fasting for Ramadan but is told she is too young, and so she seeks other ways to participate including, perhaps, getting along better with her older brother, Ali.

Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi

Describes the celebration of the month of Ramadan by an Islamic family and discusses the meaning and importance of this holiday in the Islamic religion.

Celebrate Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr by Deborah Heiligman

Describes the beliefs, rituals, and traditions associated with the Muslim holiday of Ramadam, a month-long celebration of faith, family, and community, and Eid al-Fitr, the culminating festival.

Ramadan Moon by Na'ima bint Robert

A description of the celebration of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan with its concluding celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr from the perspective of children and their family.

Ramadan by Molly Aloian

This book is an informational non-fiction book that describes what Ramadan is and how Muslims celebrate Ramadan. 

Ramadan by R. J. Bailey

In Ramadan, young readers will learn about this Muslim holiday and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday.

Explains the history of the holiday, discussing the customs and the celebration Eid al-Fitr.

A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin

Ramadan is coming, and Leena is excited. Although she is too young to fast every day during the Muslim religious festival, Leena decides to fast each Friday instead. When Leena receives an invitation to a party which happens to fall on Friday, she has a dilemma. She doesn't want to miss the party, but she doesn't want to miss fasting either. So Leena decides to go to the party, but not eat or drink anything at all. But when Leena, the only Muslim at the party, sees her friends enjoying fresh lemonade and chocolate cake, her stomach starts to growl and her head begins to hurt. Will she keep her Ramadan fast?

Mid-Ramadan is a special time for families in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. These middle days are known as “the three whites,” because they include the day of the full moon, the day before, and the day after. It’s a time when children dress in traditional clothing and go from house to house collecting treats from their neighbors. When Noor sees the full moon rising, signaling the coming of Girgian, she and her brothers prepare for the fun. Together, they decorate the bags they’ll carry to collect the candies. But along with the fun, Noor remembers the true meaning of Ramadan: spending time with family and sharing with those less fortunate.

Ramadan by Susan L. Douglass

An introduction to Islamic observances during the month of Ramadan and the subsequent festival of Eid-al-Fitr.

If you're looking to read to your child in another language this Ramadan, browse our International Children's Collection. We have books in Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi, along with dozens more. 

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