Ramadan Mubarak, or Blessed Ramadan! Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims around the world celebrate by focusing on their connection with their religion through fasting, praying, and spending quality time with their friends and family. This year, the first evening of Ramadan was Thursday, April 23rd and the final evening (Eid al-Fitr) is Saturday, May 23rd. 

Last year, the majority of my class celebrated Ramadan. I asked a student’s mom to come in and read a book and explain more about the time and holiday. She was super excited to do this (I already had a really good relationship with her child and her) and came in within the week. This lesson was so important for every single person in our classroom. It allowed my students who did not observe Ramadan to learn more about the experiences of their classmates and so many people around the world. It helped my students who do observe Ramadan see themselves and their family’s culture as an important part of our classroom community. And, it offered me the chance to learn more about my students’ lives. 

No matter if all, some, or none of your students observe Ramadan, you should teach your students about this important Muslim holiday! It is crucial that we provide windows, mirrors, and doors, so every child feels seen and every child gets the chance to learn about others. To do this, try reading a book and having a discussion with your students and/or kiddos. In this article, I have composed a list of 5 Picture Books about Ramadan and some Teaching Resources for Ramadan. 

Picture Books about Ramadan

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story, by Reem Faruqi 

The Spectrum for Multicultural Lit.: Exploration with some Conversation

Age Range: 5-8 years

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story is about Lailah, who is finally old enough to fast during Ramadan! However, her excitement is dulled as she worries about how the kids at her new school (which is also in a new country) will react. By the end, she learns to solve her problem with the help of her school librarian and teacher. In the back of the book, Reem Faruqi writes a great Author’s Note explaining her own personal story and how it relates to Lailah’s. 

Ramadan Moon, by Na’ima B. Robert

The Spectrum for Multicultural Lit.: Exploration

Age Range: 4-7 years

Ramadan Moon tells all about Ramadan around the world through pictures and lyrical pose. It follows the Ramadan month using the moon as a common theme. 

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story, by Hena Khan

The Spectrum for Multicultural Lit.: Exploration

Age Range: 4-8 years

This picture book is about Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American, celebrating Ramadan. I love how it tells a story while also explaining more about the Muslim holiday. It starts out with Yasmeen and her mom noticing the shape of the moon and rejoicing in the new month of the Islamic calendar, which has a great explanation of the fact that it’s a new month on the Islamic calendar even though it lands mid-month in the traditional US calendar. 

Ramadan Around The World, by Ndaa Hasan

The Spectrum for Multicultural Lit.: Exploration

Age Range: 5+ years

I really love this book and wish I had it last year for our Ramadan lesson! In Ramadan Around The World, readers are taken on a journey to learn how different cultures celebrate Ramadan. It showcases the great diversity in the Muslim community. Just as one of the last lines states, “No matter where you are or how you celebrate, it is surely the most wonderful time of the year!”

The Gift of Ramadan, by Rabia York Lumbard

The Spectrum for Multicultural Lit.: Exploration

Age Range: 4-8 years

The Gift of Ramadan follows Sophia who is celebrating and observing Ramadan with her family. This year, she wants to fast for the first time and tries to keep her mind off of food by staying busy through coloring, cleaning, and other activities. However, when she smells cookies, she ends up breaking her fast and then wonders how she can celebrate Ramadan with her family now! I absolutely love the beautiful illustrations in this book and how the illustrator uses soft and hard lines to create a joyful picture book. 

Teaching Resources for Ramadan

During this time, it is also super important to read up about how to teach about Ramadan as a family member or educator and the culturally-responsive considerations you should make as an educator. I hope these resources help you as much as they have helped me:

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