Our religion values reading since the first verse revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was “read” from surah Al-Alaq. Reading is an important part of a homeschooling life and the primary means of gaining knowledge. Children are like sponges and absorb everything they are exposed to. Everything they read will read influences their heart, their way of thinking, and beliefs. This is why it’s crucial for parents to make sure that the children read only good and worthy books.

books for muslim kids

In Episode 74 of the Raising Mums podcast, Ustadha Mehded Maryam Sinclair shares her insight and wisdom in picking books for the Muslim child. This audio recording was a response to a question asked after her masterclass with the mums of Launch Your Homeschool.

Mehded Maryam Sinclair is an American writer, teacher, performing artist and student living in Istanbul where she studies, researches, and teaches the lives of the prophets known in the Qur’an to families all over the globe. She helps to inspire Muslim families to love their religion by telling them vivid stories that nourish their hearts. She is the author of two award-winning books, When Wings Expand and Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant, and A Trust of Treasures, as well as five audiobooks, A Mercy to the Worlds, The Bowing of the Stars, The Fall of the Tyrant, Take Heed, and Scents of Paradise. She has narrated classical Qur’anic stories to thousands of live listeners in the US, the UK, Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand. VISIT HER WEBSITE: https://www.stories-of-light.com

To find the right books for Muslim kids consider…

  • Imaginary reality and Physical reality.
  • In the past, stories reason for existing was in line with survival of a community.
  • Stories become problematic when boundaries between reality and fantasy are erased or no distinction between good and evil.
  • One should also avoid books promoting disunity of the family, shirk, or that are solely focussed on magic.

I have also put together a list of the best kids’ books for Muslim children ages 0-5 years old. GET YOUR BOOKLIST HERE: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/booklist

Related: 18 Books that Every Muslim Child Needs! Here: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/booklist

Related: 7 Delightful Children’s Books about Eid HEREhttps://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2017/06/7-delightful-childrens-books-eid.html

How to Start Your Muslim Homeschool

Launch Your Homeschool is an online course that will hold your hand and walk you through the beginning stages of homeschooling, built upon the framework of the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to choose the right resources and plan out your year to create a homeschool experience that aligns with the values and beliefs of your family. Whether you are homeschooling in the UK, or elsewhere in the world, this programme will help you give your children an incredible education at home. 

I show you the essential teaching techniques that you’ll need to know to get started. There’s even an entire module on how to manage your time so you can still cook, keep the house tidy and take care of yourself, all whilst homeschooling your children!


Launch Your Homeschool enrolment is currently closed.

Doors open Summer 2022, insha’Allah. 

JOIN THE WAITING LIST  Herehttps://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and love,

Books for muslim kids
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3 Comments on What makes a Book Un-Islamic? Choosing Books for Muslim Kids

  1. Leila
    01/05/2022 at 8:59 am (1 year ago)

    Assaalamu alaikum
    Could you put together a list of appropriate books for older children. When they’re young it’s easier as the content of a book is simple but longer books for older children especially teens are full of sexual content, relationships, violence etc

    05/05/2022 at 2:46 pm (1 year ago)

    Can you make a book list for 7 to 10 year olds

    • Dr Gemma
      06/05/2022 at 11:18 am (1 year ago)

      great idea! insha’Allah


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