Muslim Books for Children to explain Islam, Ramadan and Eid Ul Fitr

Islamic Upbringing for Muslim Kids

Children usually receive Quran lessons in countries where Muslims are in a majority, or form a substantial part of the population. However, Religious education can be a bit tough to locate and impart in countries and regions where Muslims form a small part of the society.

The next best option to Islamic education in seminaries is – religious home schooling. Muslim Religious storybooks are a fun way to achieve this goal. You can supplement Quran lessons with these engaging and interesting books.

Young kids

Muslim Religious Story Books for Young Children (pre-k, Kindergarten and early elementary school).

Muhammad

Muhammad is the most important Prophet in Islam. He laid the foundations of Monotheistic worship in a land full of idol worshiping tribes. A child’s introduction to his or her faith can’t really be complete without knowing about the last Islamic Prophet. This story book covers the life of Muhammad from his birth to the death. Selections from the Holy Quran and an overview of Islam add to the usefulness of this book for young Muslim kids.

Recommended For : Children between 4 and 8 years of age.

My First Arabic Alphabet Book

Islam lays great importance on the fact that only the original Quran written in Arabic is a Holy Book. While translations in other languages are not discouraged – if one wants to read the scripture, the knowledge of Arabic is compulsory. Give your kids a sound beginning with this Arabic Alphabet Primer. Each Arabic alphabet in presented on a separate, bright colored page. Kids will definitely love learning Arabic with this nice book.

As an Arabic book – this is book goes from right to left (as opposed to books in the Latin Alphabet which read from left to right).

Recommended For : Children between 4 and 8 years of age.

I Can Color My Muslim World
Teach the principles of Islam to preschool kids with this beautiful coloring book. Each lesson in this book is a coloring page with an important word or phrase from Islam. Teachers and Parents can arouse the curiosity of the kids by providing them more information about these Islamic words and phrases, while the kids color the beautiful illustrations. Let the kids have fun and learn at the same time!

Recommended For : Children between 4 and 6 years of age.

I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere!

Hijab teaches Muslim girls to be modest in their attire. Teaching young girls this important aspect of Islam is of utmost importance, but it can be tough in societies where Hijab is not usually worn. This book from the I Can Series of books is a great aid for parents who would like to instill Islamic values in their girls from the very beginning. A cute and colorful book which will teach Muslim girls that leading an active and happy life is possible while wearing Hijab.

Recommended For : Girls between 4 and 8 years of age.

It’s always a good idea to have a book explaining a holiday to children, this is true especially for Eid Ul Fitr and Ramadan in a Western context, where only a portion of a child’s surroundings will be celebrating. These books were written for (in one case even by) children and therefore stick to the essentials. But then, who really needs more?

Explaining ramadan to kids

Let me start with the book that is illustrated above: Ramadhan and Eid-ul-Fitr by Azra Jessa who wrote and illustrated this book at age 12! The book was written by her to share with her classmates what it is like to celebrate Eid in her family, and to help them understand Ramadan. The result is very suitable for kids aged 4 through 8.

It would be difficult to find a kid who doesn’t like stories. Storybooks are a cool gift idea for kids on Eid ul Fitr.

Of course the best case scenario would be if you can share these stories with your kids yourself. However, most books have an audio version too nowadays.
Featured below are some storybooks on themes like Ramadan, The Prophets, The Islam in general and the Muslim year.

Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr Story is a more conventional children’s book: part of a series about religious holidays. The illustrations are cute, if a bit Caucasian given the topic. Recommended on Amazon by a teacher for 1st and 2nd grade kids (age 6, 7).

The following two books don’t have reviews on Amazon, but have the distinct advantage of using photographs of real people to illustrate the holiday.

Pre-teens – Islamic Religious Books for Pre-Teens

Islam for Children (Muslim Children’s Library)
Written by the well known German writer Ahmad Von Denffer – Islam for Children is a handy resource for Muslim Kids, Parents, and Guardians, It covers the fundamentals of Islam and gives kids knowledge about the Prophets of Islam, Prayers, the importance of Fasting in Islam, Pilgirmage, Charity, and basic Muslim etiquette. Beautiful illustrations add to the entertainment value for kids.

Recommended For : Children between 9 and 12 years of age.

Stories of the Prophets in the Holy Qu’ran
A real nice book to introduce young kids to Holy Prophets of the Quran. Children will learn about the lives of Prophets like Abraham, Moses, Noah, and Jesus. They will come to know about the pure characters of these Prophets, and the hardships they had to suffer during their lifetime. A true character building guide for Muslim children all over the world.

Recommended For : Children between 9 and 12 years of age.

Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories and Poems

Kids love stories. What better way then to teach them the basic principles behind a Islamic life. The fictional stories presented in this book are set in countries as diverse as Canada, the U.S., Nigeria, and Pakistan. Reader reviews indicate that even Muslim adults, and adults following other faiths like this book.

Recommended For : Children between 9 and 12 years of age.

Traditional Religious Tales: Islamic Stories

Islamic Stories is a part of the Traditional Religious Tales series of books. It consists of nine traditional stories connected to Islam. What makes the book interesting is the presence of “Did You Know?” sidebars which educate the kids about important Historical, Geographical, and Cultural facts associated with these stories. A good way to increase your child’s Islamic IQ!

Recommended For : Children between 9 and 12 years of age.

Quran for Children

Written by Feisal Abdul Rauf, and edited by Laleh Bakhtiar – Quran for Children is a nice beginner Quran for Muslim children. It makes for a great gift item for Muslim kids on the occasion of various Islamic festivals and also Birthdays. Help your children learn the basic tenets of the religion with this very useful guide.

Recommended For : Children between 9 and 12 years of age.

A reader says:

I think we should teach children holy Quran first. Many people dont understand the Quran and never read it seriously. The holy Quran can guide us on the true path leading to eternal Heaven.

Teens and young adults

Islamic Religious Books for Teenagers and Young Adults

The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook

According to reliable sources, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Teenage Muslims have a lot of questions which trouble them. The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook aims at answering these questions and helps them further with step-by-step guides on how to pray, how to read the Quran, and how to fast at Ramadan. Written in an engaging manner, this modern analysis of Islam should be on the bookshelves of all American teenagers who are Muslim or are interested in Islam.

Recommended For : Muslim Teenagers and Young Adults.

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