Ten brilliant books about Ramadan every child should read

One of our goals is to encourage diversity in our reading. It’s currently Ramadan (this year the festival started on 12th April and will end on 12th May). Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and begins and ends with the crescent moon. Throughout the festival Muslims around the world observe a month of fasting, prayers, reflection and community. Fasting begins at dawn and ends at sunset, when families break the fast with iftar, a traditional meal, followed by Maghrib (daily prayers). Muslim children normally fast from the age of about 12 or when they reach puberty.

As one of the most important religious festivals in the world we have selected ten brilliant books about Ramadan that we think every child should read. These show how celebrations and traditions differ across the Muslim world.

If you have any recommendations for other books about Ramadan for children, particularly for older readers, please let us know – we’d love to add them too the list.

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Ramadan – Celebrate the World by Hannah Eliot

Part of Hannah Eliot’s ‘Celebrate the World’ series of books for children. This colourful picture book includes beautiful illustrations by Rashin Kheiriyeh and simple, easy to follow text. A wonderful option for introducing the Muslim faith to toddlers and young children. 

Book cover - Ramadan - Celebrate the World by Hannah Eliot

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My First Book about Ramadan by Sara Khan

Also part of a series of books teaching children about the many different aspects and traditions of the Muslim faith. An easy to follow and simply written board book with colourful and fun illustrations by Alison Lodge. Another great option for reading out loud with toddlers and young children. 

Book cover - My First Book about Ramadan by Sara Khan

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My First Ramadan by Karen Katz

A fun, engaging and colourful picture book. The story is narrated by a young boy who is fasting for the first time. Little readers can follow along as he shares his experience of Ramadan and the new customs, prayers and practices he learns along the way. Karen Katz beautifully illustrates the diversity of the Muslim culture with a double-page spread showing the different races and nationalities of the Muslim faith. 

Book cover - My First Ramadan by Karen Katz

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Tell me more about Ramadan by Bachar Karroum

We meet another Laila in this story about a young Muslim girl and her first memorable  experiences of Ramadan. Inquisitive and curious, Laila uncovers several of the rituals and cultural traditions of her family’s Ramadan holiday. Shown through a series of drawings and short paragraphs, the book is perfect for young children to learn about Ramadan in a fun and lighthearted way.  

Book cover - Tell me more about Ramadan by Bachar Karroum

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Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

This book follows the story of Lailah who has moved to the USA from Abu Dhabi and is fasting at Ramadan for the first time. It’s a moving and gentle story about growing up, coping with change and learning about new cultures and religions. The book includes some lovely illustrations by Lea Lyon.

Book cover - Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

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Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

Described as a ‘lyrical picture book’ the story depicts a family’s activities throughout the month of Ramadan, both at home and at the mosque. The book includes some lovely illustrations by Sue Williams to accompany the storytelling. Sylvia Whitman has added a detailed note about Ramadan so that older readers can get to grips with some of the meanings and rituals behind the religious festival.

Book cover - Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

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Ramadan Moon by Na’ima Robert

A lyrical picture book accompanied by beautiful illustrations. The book introduces the concept of Ramadan to young readers in the form of a poem, focusing on the rituals of fasting, prayer and self-reflection. Na’ima Robert’s inclusive text is accompanied by wonderful illustrations of Muslims across the world and at prayer.

Book cover - Ramadan Moon by Na’ima Robert

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Moon Watchers by Reza Jalali

A beautifully illustrated story about an Iranian family living in America. Nine year-old Shirin observes the different phases of the moon throughout the month of Ramadan, and learns how good deeds are an important part of the religious festival. She is delighted when her parents allow her to fast for half a day, despite being too young to formally take part in Ramadan. The book includes a full description of Ramadan and Eid to help inform young readers. Reeza Jalali approaches the subject in a gentle and nuanced manner, carefully weaving the different cultures of America and Iran into the story.

Book cover - Moon Watchers by Reza Jalali

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The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Adassi

This book focuses on the Muslim festival of Girgian which happens at Mid-Ramadan. Girgian is an important celebration in the Middle East and is known as the ‘three whites’ which includes the day of the full moon and the days immediately before and after. Noor and her brothers celebrate Girgian together, decorating bags and making sweets to share with their neighbours. The book shines a spotlight on this specific cultural tradition in the Middle East, and offers young readers a deeper insight into one of many different traditions of Ramadan.

Book cover - The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Adassi

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Ramadan – the holy month of fasting by Ausma Zehanat Khan

This non-fiction book brings together personal perspectives and various experiences of Ramadan from across the world. It’s a wonderful choice for older readers to learn how different cultures within the Muslim faith celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The book includes many colourful photos accompanied by the author’s chatty narrative approach to writing. The book has a real emphasis on diversity, with a focus on the different activities and customs of Ramadan. Told from various childrens’ perspectives, young readers will learn that Ramadan is about more than just fasting and is also a time to care for others and carry out good deeds for our friends and family. 

Book cover - Ramadan - the holy month of fasting by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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