This year Ramadan starts on the evening of Saturday, April 2nd and ends at sundown on Sunday, May 1. Ramadan, the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar is just getting started and Muslims around the world will observe it by doing charitable deeds, special prayers, and daily fasting from sunrise to sunset.
To help our patrons with their Ramadan celebrations, here is a selection of picture books that I would like to recommend to you.
The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard
Sophia is too young to fast all day, read the Quran, or offer money for charity, but the little girl contributes to her family’s Ramadan celebration in her own way by helping Grandma make iftar dinner in this beautiful picture book.
Night of the Moon by Hena Khan
A seven year old girl named Yasmeen has a wonderful time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with her family and friends.
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
Lailah’s mom is letting her daughter fast for Ramada, but Lailah is nervous about explaining the tradition and the holiday to her teacher and her classmates at her new school in Atlanta.
Max Celebrates Ramadan by Adria Worsham
Omar celebrates Ramadan with his friend Max, and his family on this special day.