Whether you’re from a Muslim family looking for more representation in children’s literature, or a teacher or parent of non-Muslim children wanting to better understand and celebrate Muslim culture, there are so many wonderful storytellers in the kids’ lit community who have contributed to essential, diverse narratives that pay homage to the rich history and vibrant present of this community.
There are many lovely Muslim books for children that can help them learn about their faith, culture, and values. These books cover a wide range of topics, from Islamic history and stories to daily life and moral lessons.
Here are some popular and highly recommended options:
“The Little Mosque on the Prairie” by Rizwana Rahim: This book tells the story of a young girl who learns about the importance of community and faith.
“It’s Ramadan, Curious George” by H.A. Rey and Hena Khan: This book follows Curious George as he learns about Ramadan and the traditions associated with it.
“My First Quran Storybook” by Saniyasnain Khan: This book offers a collection of Quranic stories in an easy-to-understand format for young readers.
“The Amazing Quran” by Bestway: This is an engaging and interactive book that introduces children to the Quran and its teachings.
“Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story” by Hena Khan: This book introduces young readers to the Islamic holidays and traditions, focusing on Ramadan and Eid.
“Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors” by Hena Khan: This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about colors while introducing them to Islamic culture.
“The Best Eid Ever” by Asma Mobin-Uddin: This book explores the themes of generosity and community during the celebration of Eid.
“Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale” by Fawzia Gilani-Williams: This story revolves around the excitement of a young boy getting new clothes for Eid.
“Under the Ramadan Moon” by Sylvia Whitman: This book captures the spirit of Ramadan through poetic language and lovely illustrations.
“Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf” by Robyn Beeche: This is a delightful story about a young girl and her magical scarf.
These books provide children with an opportunity to learn about different faiths and culture in an engaging and enjoyable way. Remember to choose books that are appropriate for the age and interests of the child you have in mind, as there are options available for various age groups.
The Brightly Editors have rounded up some of our favourite children’s books that feature Muslim protagonists, celebrate Muslim culture, and illustrate Islamic traditions – perfect for reading during Ramadan, Eid, and all year long.
Take a look here