The following is a list of 12 Muslim children’s books that I’m interested in reading. I haven’t read any of these books, but plan to with my kids in 2020 insha Allah. This list is mainly based off the cover image, the type of book it is, the price, the description, and popularity of the book.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books, and what you thought about it!
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I Say Alhamdulillah by Noor H. Dee. Nabil and Noura learn to say alhamdulillah after finishing something, and after sneezing in this simple and attractive little book. Will they remember to say alhamdulillah, or will they forget?
Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah by Omar S. Khawaja. lyas and Duck search for Allah is an adorable storybook for kids about a boy’s quest to find God. “Where is God?” I’ve known about this book for some time but just haven’t gotten around to purchase it.
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi. Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom.
I Can Say Bismillah Anywhere! by Yasmin Ibrahim. This is one of the I Can Series of books that introduces and illustrates some basic yet important concepts and terms for young Muslim children. These are explained with reference to their everyday life and in the settings with which children are familiar. In simple, easy-to-understand language the series presents Islam as a living reality to be experienced in daily life. It answers many questions about Islam as faith which arise in the young, curious minds.
What is a Muslim? by Ali Elsayed. What is a Muslim? is a colorfully illustrated, musically rhythmic children’s book about what it means to be a Muslim. The idea behind the book is to inform the reader in a fun and simple way, about the basics of being a Muslim. Other than being a fun, colorful, musical and educational book, What is a Muslim? aims to teach children about the purpose of their Muslim identity.
Allah made us all different: “be yourself” by Rabia Gelgi. Little Birdie was living in a beautiful forest. But Little Birdie was not really happy about what she was. She tried to be a cat, a butterfly, a flower, a fish, and an owl. But she could not. Her mom told her that Allah created various animals, numerous creatures in this world, and made them all different. What makes us unique is being ourselves, and doing what we do best.
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan. Toddler book of shapes and Islamic traditions: From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes-and traditions-of the Muslim world.
The Story of the Holy Prophet Muhammad by Humera Malik. The first title in the Ramadan Classics series, “The Story of the Holy Prophet Muhammad” is written for children and young adults in the West to read over the Islamic month of Ramadan. Families can read the daily chapter together and discuss the beautiful personality of the Holy Founder of Islam, and take away lessons that will last a lifetime. Order now to receive before Ramadan!
My First Book about the Qur’an by Sara Khan. Inside this board book toddlers and young children will find out about the Qur’an’s beautiful teachings: to care for all creation; to respect the books of God; to be good to one another; and to believe in Allah, the Creator.
My friends eat pork…What about me? by Bachar Karroum. This is the story of Ahmad, a little Muslim boy. Ahmad does not eat pork and avoids dishes that contain pork meat. However, he notices that his friends at school do eat ham, bacon, pepperoni… and starts to wonder why they are allowed but not him. Ahmad wants to understand why Muslims do not eat pork while others can. While visiting his grandmother, Ahmad takes the opportunity to ask her the question. His grandma explains in a simple way what it means to be Muslim and why pork meat is forbidden in Islam.
The Holy Quran: Made Easy for Kids by Miss Amal Al-Aride. ‘The Holy Qur’an Made Easy for Kids: Volume 1, Surah 1-10’ are here to help you and your child (5+ years) on the journey of understanding the holy Qur’an together, as well as to assist in the progression of understanding Islam. These collection of books are not a translation but an adaptation of the holy Quran which has been approved by scholars.
The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York. Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won’t think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?
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