Eid is a time for celebration! Muslims across the world come together with friends and family to pray, share food, give gifts and be thankful for the Blessings in their lives. Reading children beautiful stories about Ramadan and Eid is one way we can encourage our children to be excited about Eid, as well as teaching them that Eid is about more than just presents!
However, let’s be honest, celebrating Eid in non-Muslim countries can sometimes be a bit of a let down!
Although Muslims may be celebrating, the majority of the country is not! Children still have to go to school and parents head off to work! Depending where you live, there are no festivities in the streets, no fireworks, and no community meals. If you do have these things where you live, you are fortunate. The truth is, many families experience Eid in isolation.
We want out children to experience the excitement of Eid morning and to feel the anticipation leading up to the day.
Many of these books touch on the idea of giving; giving to friends, neighbours and those less fortunate.
One of the most significant ideas that runs throughout these books is the concept of Muslim identity. By emphasising the importance of Eid, particularly over other national holidays, you are reinforcing the child’s sense of Muslim identity. We want our children to be confident and proud of their Muslim identity, and I believe that reading Muslim children’s literature is one way of achieving this.
This is my list of 7 delightful Children’s Books about Eid! Some of them are about Eid al-Adha, some abot Eid Al-Fitr but most could be used for either holiday.
Take a look through my list. Perhaps you will find something your family will enjoy!
Sweet dates to Eat
This delightful picture book by Jonny Zucker is a simple introduction to Ramadan and Eid for young children. As you follow this family through each day, you see how they fast, visit the masjid and celebrate Eid.
The sweet hand-drawn illustrations add to this book’s heart-warming nature.
Sweet Dates to Eat is suitable for children aged 2+
Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid
The Hassan and Aneesa series by Kube Publishing follows the life a young Muslim family in the West. In this particular book, the family prepare the night before for the Eid festivities, get ready for and attend the Eid prayer, and celebrate with their family at home. The scenes in this book as so familiar to many of us, that children will instantly relate to what is happening in the story.
This book is the perfect way to get younger children ready for Eid, and prepare them for what will happen on the day.
Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid is suitable for children aged 2+.
Eid by Maria Migo
This book is set to become a classic for every Muslim household! Eid is the story of two siblings, as the watch with anticipation for the moon of Eid.
It follows their story through an exciting Eid day. The illustrations in this book are utterly charming and I’m sure your younger children will love it!
Eid by Maria Migo is suitable for children aged 2+
An Eid for Everyone
This is my daughter’s favourite Eid book! She adores the vibrant colour illustrations and seems particularly fond of the character Yasmin!
An Eid for Everyone is the story of a group of children and their different experiences of Eid. Whilst some help their mother’s in the kitchen, others are wrapping presents, and others getting ready in pretty clothes! The group of children meet at the mosque and later go to distribute gifts to the poorer families in their community.
An Eid for Everyone is suitable for children aged 2+.
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr is a 4 chapter picture book that follows Rashad and his experiences in Ramadan. What is really special about this book is that it emphasises some of the deeper meaning of Ramadan, with chapter entitled “Thinking about Allah” and “Thinking about People”.
This charming book is available in paperback, on Kindle and even as an Audiobook through Audible.
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The Best Eid Ever
This is the story of Aneesa, a young girl who is staying with her Grandmother while her parents perform the Hajj. On Eid day she meet two refugee girls in the mosque and learns more about their war-torn country. Aneesa can’t stop thinking about them and want to make it their Eid the best Eid ever!
The Best Eid Ever is suitable for children aged 5-8 years old.
Ilyas and Duck and the Fantastic Festival of Eid al-Fitr
You can always rely on Ilyas and Duck to bring action and laughs in every book! This action packed adventure follows Ilyas and his crazy, but lovable, duck on Eid day. They learn about the importance of the day, and why Muslims celebrate it.
Ilyas and Duck and the Fantastic Festival is sure to have your children giggling, and is suitable for children aged 4+.
Those were our 7 delightful children’s books about Eid!
All these were many in this list, there are many more! Perhaps you have some other books about Eid on your shelves at home!
What is your family’s favourite children’s book about Eid?
Please let us know in the comments below!
Peace and Love,