My First Book About Ramadan: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children – Sara Khan, illustrated by Ali Lodge, The Islamic Foundation, 9780860378303, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? A very child friendly book on the celebration of Ramadan. The book explains when the holiday starts which is based on when the thin crescent moon is seen by practicing Muslims.The book also has a two page layout showing that Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all across the world and that it looks different for different Muslims. Native Arabic words used in the faith for different terminology are also included. I actually did not know much about Ramadan except that it was a time of deep reflection and prayer for worshippers. I did not know that during Ramadan Muslims are called upon by their faith to do acts of good deeds for others. It also gives young readers very tangible things they can do for their acts of service during Ramadan such as giving away toys to other kids who may not have as many. The pictures are bright and colorful and also give great diversity in the skin tones of different types of Muslim people. I think this is one of the most important aspects of the book. Often times, especially with our Muslim community members, we often only associate a certain “kind” of person with being Muslim. It is so important to teach young people the beauty of religion but also the diversity of people.
Anything you did not like about the book? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is great for young children who are Muslim, but also children who are not but need to be introduced to a diversity of people and places. It is perfect for children ages 2 and older.
Who should buy this book? Preschools, daycares and parents of young children
Where would you shelve it? 297.36
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: 06/17/2021