Reading is a huge part of our classroom and it’s important to us to make sure the books and characters reflect all aspects of the lives of our students. That includes books about and including different faiths, backgrounds and cultural beliefs.
Ramadan is an important part of our classroom culture so we searched high and low to find books that our students could use to learn from and reflect on. Here are some of the titles we found and thought you should check out yourself.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan
This is a book about colors, but it’s told through an Islam lens. It is beautifully illustrated. Our students saw themselves in this book (so we asked our librarian to buy a copy for our school).
Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B Robert
We loved the message of kindness from this book. It’s a message that crosses all faiths.
Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitmann
This is a great book (though it is not as informative about the customs during Ramadan).
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid-Al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard
This book is for slightly younger students, but our English language learners found the language easier to understand, so it worked well in our grade 4/5 classroom. The kids could relate to trying to be good all month (even the Christian kids made the comparison to being good for Santa).
Night of the Moon by Hena Khan
This is a story about an Afghanistani girl and her family’s traditions during Ramadan and Eid. Again, as with all Hena Khan books-informative and beautiful.
A Party in Ramadan by Asma Modin-Uddin
We loved this book because it features a girl trying her first fast. The girls in the class loved this story and really connected with Leena.
The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi
Until reading this book, we didn’t realize there are different aspects to Ramadan. We found this book informative and interesting to show another aspect of Ramadan based on the nights before during and after the full moon.
And the challenge we had was finding an equal share of books. Most of our school classrooms and libraries contain thousands of books with Christmas and Easter, but we could only find a few copies of a few books with Muslim characters. So, we’re on a mission to get more books for our classroom and school library.
Do you know about a book we should know about? Please help us expand our library by adding a books title to the comments below.