">Counting Kisses at least a hundred times. In My First Ramadan, we follow a little boy who is embarking on the first day of Ramadan now that he's old enough to fast. In between beautiful imagery, you learn along with the main character about the prophet Muhammad and how he taught his followers.
The Magic Words bedtime book by Lisha Azad and illustrated by Azra Momin tells the story of a little girl who is trying to fall asleep. She tries counting sheep, but it just isn't working for her. Her mother teaches her to recite dua'as (prayers) to try to sleep. These dua'as are magic words.
Written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Mehrdocht Amini, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors is a richly illustrated book and a great read for teaching colors, but also for learning about some of the cultural aspects of Islam such as the Quran, the prayer rug, the hijab, and the generosity of zakat. My kids loved looking at this book, and experiencing Muslim traditions through the eyes of a little girl.
Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle is the story of a Persian-American girl living in Maine. It's written by Reza Jalali and Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien. When Shirin feels left out because she's too young to fast for Ramadan, her grandmother tells her she can participate in other ways: by doing good deeds.
Told by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim and illustrated by Michael Hays, The Hundredth Name tells about a boy, Salah, and his camel, Qadiim. This book depicts prayer and Salah's daily life in Egypt while also weaving in tradition and religious beliefs.
Written by Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrated by Barbara Kiwak, My Name Is Bilal is a picture book shows which depicts the struggle of being the new kid that doesn't feel like he belongs, especially when his sister is teased for wearing the headscarf. Bilal wants to hide the fact that he is Muslim, so decides to go by "Bill." Only when a teacher takes him under his wing, does Bilal learn the proud history of his name.
I've read other books by Rukhsana Khan (Silly Chicken, and King for a Day) and have loved them! The Muslim Child book shares stories and poems of children living a Muslim life. In some cases, the children struggle with their identity in non-Muslim societies. In other stories, kids are celebrating holidays and practicing other tenets of their faith. There are sidebars that explain terms and traditions, which are sure to be educational for kids and parents alike.
Created by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal reboot of a Marvel super heroine features a Muslim Pakistani-American girl named Kamala Khan. She idolizes the original Ms. Marvel and soon discovers that she's imbued with powers herself. Who doesn't love a good superhero comic?
Randa Abdel-Fattah's Does My Head Look Big In This? about a Muslim teenaged girl, Amal, who decides to wear the traditional hijab full time. Everyone has a different reaction, and she does face some prejudice, but Amal remains true to her faith and her identity. It's a funny book, not preachy by any means. It's an excellent glimpse into what it's like to be marginalized.
Aisha Saeed's critically acclaimed young adult novel Written in the Stars explores what it's like to be growing up in America with strict immigrant parents. Naila is facing an arranged marriage, and when she falls in love with someone not of her parents' choosing, her parents travel back to Pakistan to explore their roots.