When I was little, the local television station used to broadcast good wishes for various holidays, including “A Joyous and Peaceful Ramadan.” Here are some new books on the theme of a peaceful Ramadan and a joyous Eid:
Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale retold by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
A shoemaker buying gifts for his family is persuaded to get new pants for himself, but the only pair available is too long and no one seems to have time to shorten them.
The Night of the Moon by Hena Khan
Yasmeen has a wonderful time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with her family and friends.
A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Leena is excited about Ramadan, and although she’s too young to fast every day she makes plans to fast on one special Friday. Then she gets invited to a party that same Friday . . .
The Perfect Gift by J. Samia Mair
A girl looks for a perfect Eid gift for her family.
Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
Simple text and illustrations describe how an American Muslim family observes the holy month of Ramadan.
The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi
Looking forward to the festival known as Girgian that comes in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, Noor and her brothers prepare by decorating bags they’ll carry to collect candies, while learning about the true meaning of Ramadan.
We also recently received some new books and CDs having to do with Islam that aren’t specifically about Ramadan or Eid:
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan
In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl and her family guide the reader through the traditions and colors of Islam.
A Picnic of Poems in Allah’s Green Garden by Dawud Wharnsby-Ali
A collection of thirty poems covering a number of topics including motherhood, daily prayer, baby siblings, life on a farm, the animal kingdom, bullying, mosques, Ramadan, appreciating nature, and more.
Qur’an for Little Muslims by Ammar Saadeh
Children will find this CD helpful for memorizing and reciting short suras and for understanding the meaning of what they are learning through lively stories.
Time to Pray by Maha Addasi
When young Yasmin goes for a visit, her grandmother teaches her a Muslim’s daily prayers, makes special prayer clothes, and gives a gift that will help Yasmin remember when to pray.
What Do We Say . . . A Guide to Islamic Manners by Noorah Kathryn Abdullah
Presents a selection of du’ā (supplications) in Arabic that are used by Muslims in everyday life, along with a glossary providing meanings.