Celebrating Ramadan

By Rummanah Aasi

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. These books for younger readers discuss the significance of Ramadan.

  • Moon's Ramadan

    2023 by Kazi, Natasha Khan

    A moon observes and celebrates with Muslims across the world as they participate in Ramadan festivities in this delightful picture book. Recommended for PreK-3.

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  • Ramadan Cookies

    2023 by Abbas, Marzieh

    To celebrate the beginning of Ramadan, Nadia and Nadir make cookies with their parents, but they must use their creativity when their crescent moon cookie cutter goes missing. Chapter Book. Recommended for PreK-3.

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  • Zahra's Blessing: A Ramadan Story

    2022 by Shamsi, Shirin

    Zahra prays for two things during Ramadan: to find her beloved Teddy, who is missing, and for her parents to give her a sister. When she volunteers with her mother at a refugee shelter, Zahra learns the importance of caring, gratitude, and community service. Recommended for PreK-3.

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  • Hannah and the Ramadan Gift

    2021 by Rashid, Qasim

    Hannah may be too young to start fasting during Ramadan, but her Dada Jaan shows her that helping others is a great way to participate in the holy month. Recommended for PreK-1.

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  • Baby's First Ramadan

    2021 by Lloyd, Clare

    This first board book introduces babies and toddlers to the holy month of Ramadan.

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  • Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr

    2021 by Ferguson, Melissa

    Readers will discover how Ramadan can have multiple traditions and be celebrated in many ways. Recommended for K-2.

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  • R Is for Ramadan

    2019 by Paprocki, Greg

    A fun alphabet board book in which each letter of the alphabet describes a different aspect of Ramadan and its celebration.

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  • The Gift of Ramadan

    2019 by Lumbard, Alexis York

    Sophia wants to fast for the first time during Ramadan. She learns it’s not easy, especially when her stomach grumbles and resisting her baby brother's cookie proves to be too hard. Is there another way to participate besides fasting? Recommended for Pre-K-2.

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  • Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting

    2018 by Khan, Ausma Zehanat

    Filled with vibrant photographs, this nonfiction book introduces Ramadan and gives a glimpse of how it is celebrated around the world. Recommended for grades 2-6.

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  • Ramadan

    2018 by Eliot, Hannah

    This board book, the first in the Celebrate the World series, helps young readers learn all about the traditions of Ramadan.

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  • It's Ramadan, Curious George

    2016 by Khan, Hena

    Curious George gets to participate in Ramadan with his friend Kareem. Together they sample special treats, make baskets to donate to the needy, and look for the crescent moon. Recommended for PreK-K.

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  • Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

    2015 by Faruqi, Reem

    Lailah is thrilled to fast during Ramadan, but how can she find a way to explain this to her teacher and classmates? Recommended for K-3.

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  • Yusuf's Ramadan Lantern

    2014 by Zine, Jasmin

    Yusuf learns about the Ramadan traditions in Egypt from his grandfather. Recommended for PreK and up.

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  • Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle

    2010 by Jalali, Reza

    Shirin wants to join her family and other Muslims in fasting for Ramadan, but she is too young, so she seeks other ways to participate including, perhaps, getting along better with her older brother, Ali. This picture book focuses on a Shia Muslim family. Recommended for grades 1-4.

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  • Ramadan Moon

    2009 by Robert, Na'íma bint

    A colorful picture book that describes the phases of the moon and activities during Ramadan. Recommended for grades K-3.

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  • Ramadan

    2009 by Aloian, Molly

    This nonfiction book discusses Ramadan and the practices observed throughout this holy month, detailed in a simple and informative manner. Recommended for grades 2-4.

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  • A Party in Ramadan

    2009 by Mobin-Uddin, Asma

    Leena struggles with keeping her Ramadan fast while attending a friend's birthday party. Recommended for grades 1-3.

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  • Max Celebrates Ramadan

    2009 by Worsham, Adria F.

    Max celebrates the end of Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr with his Omar. Recommended for PreK-1.

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  • The White Nights of Ramadan

    2008 by Addasi, Maha

    Noor, who lives in Kuwait, tells how her family celebrates Girgian, three days under the full moon in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan: the traditions; the special clothing, foods, and crafts; and the meaning of the holiday. Recommended for grades 1-4.

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  • Under the Ramadan Moon

    2008 by Whitman, Sylvia

    This picture book celebrates the coming of Ramadan and shows a family’s activities taking place under the Ramadan moon. Recommended for PreK-2.

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  • Night of the Moon

    2008 by Khan, Hena

    Yasmeen celebrates the end of Ramadan, Chaand Raat ("The Night of the Moon"), and Eid al Fitr. Recommended for K-2.

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  • Ramadan

    2004 by Douglass, Susan L.

    This nonfiction book serves as an easy to read and accessible introduction to Islamic observances during the month of Ramadan and the subsequent festival of Eid-al-Fitr. Recommended for grades 1-3.

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  • Celebrating Ramadan: Ramaḍān Al-mu`azẓạm

    2001 by Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane

    This book follows Ibraheem, a fourth-grader living in New Jersey, through the holy month of Ramadan. Recommended for grades 3-7.

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