Recommended resources are listed alphabetically by author, grouped first according to literature connections to subject areas and then to themes. Many items can be used across subject areas and thematic topics.




D’Oyen, Fatima. 2002. In the Prophet’s Garden: a selection of ahadith for the young. Leicester: Islamic Foundation. A collection of 200 ahadith arranged thematically, in simple English.


DoverPictura. 2004. Islamic Design Image Archive. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications. CD-ROM and book with royalty-free digital images to use in creating power-point presentations and print materials. Professional quality artwork to enrich the learning experience.


Godlas, Sylvia. 1996. Doorways to Islamic Art: A Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Studies. AWAIR.  Black-line masters and instructions for Islamic geometric design projects and lesson plans for research projects and critical thinking discussion based on readings.


Grant, Tim and Gail Littlejohn, ed. 2005. Teaching Green: The Elementary Years. Gabriola Island, B. C.: New Society Publishers.

An inspiring collection of detailed  stories of classrooms where students engage in environmental literacy, effect positive change  and model environmental citizenship in their communities.


Harder, Elma Ruth. 2006. Concentric Circles - Nurturing Awe and Wonder in Early Learning, a foundational approach. Sherwood Park, Alberta: Al-Qalam Publishing.

Holistic Islamic approach to learning, this book is the foundational text for Sakinah Circle. It roots the facilitator of learning in the Qur’anic worldview, shows how to integrate themes with three sample units and provides planning templates.


Harder, Elma Ruth and Noor Iqbal. 2004. Living Ramadan for children who think. Sherwood Park, Alberta: Al-Qalam Publishing.

Learning activities to engage children during Ramadan and throughout the year. Four focus areas: Living Ramadan, Opening Hearts and Minds, Creative Hands and Hearts, Healthy Ramadan. Reproducible pages for student use.


Henley, Thom and Kenny Peavy, 2006. As If the Earth Matters: Recommitting to Environmental Education. Earth Matters Consulting Services.

A collection of detailed, fun-filled experiential outdoor ed activities that awaken love for the earth, teach about nature in nature, and stewardship towards it.


Van Gurp, Hetty. 2002. The Peaceful School: Models that Work. Winnipeg, Portage and Main Press.

A guide for those committed to creating a lasting culture of peace with a school community by pro-actively teaching peace. Includes innovative practices of peaceful schools, planning documents, peace pledge and school wide ideas for lessons in conflict resolution, cooperation, respect, celebrating diversity and expressing emotion.





Allan, Sally. 1997. Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship. Roberts Rinehart Publishers.

This version of a traditional Palestinian folktale reflects values of friendship and community, allowing the errant member to correct her ways and return to society. Boxed notes on almost every page provide interesting information about the land, language, foods, and family customs.


Ben-‘Ezer, Ehud, Hosni the Dreamer, 1997.

A shepherd living in the desert finally realizes his dream of travelling to the city where he spends his gold dinar in a way which changes his life forever.


Bogart, Jo Ellen. 1997. Jeremiah Learns to Read. Scholastic.

Elderly Jeremiah can do almost everything, and decides he needs to go to school to learn to read.


Brown, Margaret Wise. 1949. The Important Book. HarperCollins.

This little book makes us think about the essence of things. It can be used to model a student activity “the important book about my family”.


Bunting, Eve, 2006.  One Green Apple, Clarion Books.

Young immigrant Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she spicks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples. Illustrated by Ted Lewin.


Carlsson, Janne. 1989. Camel Bells. Groundwood Books.

Twelve-year old Hajdar finds himself head of his family after this father’s death. He goes to Kabul to earn money, but Soviet troops invade and overthrow the Afghan government..


English, Karen. 1999. Nadia’s Hands. Honesdale, P.A: Boyd’s Mills.

A young American girl participating in a traditional Pakistani wedding comes to understand the rich culture she has inherited.


Gilman, Phoebe. 1993. Something from Nothing. Scholastic.

Grandpa trims away the worn parts of Joseph's baby blanket and transforms it into ever smaller items as each item in turn becomes worn. When the button is lost, Joseph declares, “There is just enough material here to make...a wonderful story!” Drawn from Jewish folklore. Repetitive, rhythmic phrases.


Heide, F. P. and  J. H. Gilliland. 1990. The Day of Ahmed’s Secret. New York: Scholastic.

An Egyptian boy describes Cairo as he goes about his daily work, waiting all day to share his surprise with his family in the evening: he can write his name! Outstanding illustrations by Ted Lewin.


Hicox, Rebecca. 1998. The Golden Sandal, a Middle Eastern Cinderella Story. Holiday House. Based on a story from Iraq, a kind and beautiful girl is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister and finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.


Hobbes, Corey. , 2008. The Runaway Scarf. Muslim Writers Publishing.

Inspired by hadith, this story of an African slave oppressed by non-Muslim Arabs in Makkah shows how she finds compassion once she escapes to the first Muslim community established by Prophet Muhammad in Madinah.


Hughes, Vi, 2002. Aziz, the Story Teller. Crocodile Books.

Although he wants to please his father and earn money selling carpets, Aziz finds himself drawn to the storytellers in the marketplace.


Johnson-Davies, Denys, The Island of Animals, University of Texas Press, 1994.

Written in Basra in 10th century. A fable of the teachings of Islam about man’s responsibilities towards animals.


Kimmel, Eric, The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East.

A princess promises to marry the prince who finds the most precious treasure.


Knowles, Kathy. 2008. Osu Children’s Library.

A colourful collection of first readers with photos from the daily life of children in Ghana.

A is for Ampe: an alphabet book from Ghana

All About Ama

My Blue Book

My Red Book

My Yellow Book

One Little Crab:  a counting book from Ghana

Open and Closed

Where is the Star? A book of shapes from Ghana


Lewin, Ted. 1998. The Storyteller, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.

Abdul and Grandfather pass through the streets of Fez, Morocco, and stop at an old gate, where Grandfather performs as a storyteller.


Marchant, Kerena. 2001. Muslim Festival Tales, Festival Tales Series, Raintree/ Steck-Vaughn. Attractive, includes six or seven stories, plays, traditional songs, poems, and recipes. Information material about festivals is for an older reader, thus needing adult interpreter. 


Mobin-Uddin, Asma, 2005.My Name is Bilal, Honesdale,PA: Boyds Mills Press.

When Bilal and his sister transfer to an American school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.


Nagda, Ann W.2000. Dear Whiskers, New York: HolidayHouse.

Jenny is discouraged when her second grade pen pal turns out to be a new student from Saudi Arabia who does not speak English very well, but as she works with her they slowly become friends. 


Nye, Naomi Shihab. 1999. Habibi, Simon Pulse.

When 14-year-old Liyanne Abboud moves with her family from the USA to Jerusalem, near the village where her father was born, she faces many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.


Nye, Naomi Shihab. 1997. Sitti’s Secret, Turtleback Books.

Little Mona travels from her home in the U.S. to visit her grandmother's small Palestinian village on the West Bank. When she returns, she writes a letter to the president, “I vote for peace.”


Oppenheim, Shulamith, 1995. The Hundredth Name. Honesdale,PA: Boyd’s Mill.

An Egyptian boy tries to discover the hundredth name for Allah.


Rumford, James. 2003. Calabash Cat and his Amazing Journey, Houghton Mifflin.

From Africa, a cat contemplates the world, wondering where it ends. To find out, he sets off on a journey, encountering various other animals. Stylized illustration in ink with text in both English and Chadian Arabic calligraphy.


Sales, Francesc d'A. Ibrahim, (Lippincott, 1989).

Ibrahim is tempted to exchange his job in the old market place in Marrakesh for a freer life as a desert nomad, until a dream shows him that freedom is something carried in the heart. 


Shah, Idries, Fatima the Spinner and the Tent (Hoopoe Books, 2006).

Fatima’s life is one disaster after another, and her journey leads her from Morocco finally to China where she finally realizes that the series of unfortunate events were an integral part of her fulfillment. A story from Sufi tradition.


Shah, Idries.2000. The Boy Without a Name, Hoopoe Books.

A Sufi tale of how it takes patience and resolve to achieve one’s goals in life. A boy without a name visits a wise man and acquires both a name and a wonderful dream.


Shah, Idries. 2005. The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal. Hoopoe Books.

A fun folktale with a positive message.


Shah, Idries. 1998. Magic Horse. Hoopoe Books.

Two brothers choose different paths. One pursues a mechanical fish that brings prosperity, the other a wooden horse that takes its rider to his heart’s desire.


Stolz, Joelle. 2004. The Shadows of Ghadames. Delacorte Books.

At the end of the 19th century in Libya, 11-year-old Malika simultaneously enjoys and feels constricted by the narrow world of women, but an injured stranger enters her home and disrupts the traditional order of the things.


Van Hattum, Benyamin. 2002. A Yurt Full of Tales: Stories from the World of Islam. DVD, www.zevj505.comm  A delightful video recording of live storytelling from their yurt in New Mexico. Storyteller Benyamin van Hattum is accompanied by Rabia van Hattum with background sound.


Young, Ed, Seven Blind Mice, (Philomel Books, 1992).

A retelling of the old fable of the Blind Men and the Elephant. Caldecott Honor Book.


Young, Ed. 2002. What About Me? Philomel Books.

A young boy follows the instructions of the Grand Master in the hope of gaining knowledge, only to be surprised as to how he acquires it. Like the best Sufi stories, this has a gentle message—it teaches children to learn to rely on their own knowledge and experience.





Demi, A Grain of Rice, (Scholastic, 1997).

A mathematical folktale. When offered a reward for a good deed, Rani asks only for one grain of rice, doubled each day for 30 days.


Knowles, Kathy, One Little Crab:  a counting book from Ghana, Osu Children’s Library, 2008.

A colourful counting book for first readers with photos from the daily life of children in Ghana.


Haskins, Jim, Count Your Way Through the Arab World, (Lerner Publishing, 2004).

Counting from one to ten, each double-page spread shows the number in Arabic calligraphy, the word for it, the pronunciation, illustration, and a brief descriptive paragraph. 


Schwartz, David, How Much is a Million? HarperCollins, 1985.

Steven Kellog’s lively and surprising illustrations help the reader to conceptualize what at first seems inconceivable.


Tahan, Malba. 1993. The Man Who Counted: A collection of mathematical adventures, Norton.

The adventures of Bremiz Samir take the reader on a journey in which he summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself rich rewards. His stories explore the history of famous mathematicians who preceded him.





AbuBakar, Shahbatun and Endut, Nordin, A Drop of Mercy, The Water Cycle, (Islamic Foundation, 2004).

Where does a drop of water go? computer-generated illustrations.


Baylor, Byrd, The Desert is Theirs, (Atheneum Books, 1975).

Illustrated by Peter Parnall. This book speaks about people and their closeness to the land, not to own the land but to share it.


Emma Clark, The Art of the Islamic Garden, Crowood Press, 2004.

This lavish book provides both an intellectual guide to the symbolism of the Islamic garden and a practical guide to its component parts, with recommendations for suitable trees, shrubs, and flowers and advice on creating an Islamic garden in cooler climates.


Al-Hassani Salim T. S. 2006. 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World, Manchester: Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation.


Macaulay, David, Mosque, (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).

An excellent resource to outline the process of planning and building a mosque.


Macdonald, Fiona. A 16th Century Mosque. (Hodder Wayland. 1996).

A beautifully illustrated book that explores Islamic architecture.


Shea, Pegi Deitz, New Moon, (Honesdale,PA: Boyds Mills, 1996).

A boy helps his little sister discover the moon.


Dr. Seuss. 1971. The Lorax. Random House.

Lorax (who speaks for the trees "for the trees have no tongues") repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth  leaving only a rock engraved "UNLESS." Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature.





Araujo, Frank, The Perfect Orange, a Tale from Ethiopia, (Rayve Productions, 1994)

Lovely watercolours


Baer, Edith, This is the way we go to school, (Scholastic, 1990)

 whimsical watercolours


Burns, Kephra, Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali, Gulliver Books, 2001.

An exquisitely told account of one of the great kings of Mali.


Heide, Florence P. and Judith Heide Gilliland, Sami and the Time of the Troubles,

Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Ten year old Sami lives in the ruins of Beirut and hopes this will be the last time of civil chaos.


Heide, Florence P. and Judith Heide Gilliland. 1999. The House of Wisdom, New York: DK.

Ishaq a young boy from ancient Baghdad becomes scholar and traveler in search of books for the House of Wisdom, Baghdad’s library.


Jaffe, Nina and Zeitlin, Steve, The Cow of No Color: Riddle Stories and Justice Tales from Around the World, (Henry Holt and Co., 1998).

A collection of stories which focus on the question of justice. The authors describe the problem, leave it to you to solve the problem, and then tell the answer as it appears in the original tale. Excellent round table discussion starters.


Jungman, Ann, The Most Magnificent Mosque, (Francis Lincoln, 2004).

Three naughty boys working in the gardens of the mosque at Cordoba develop a sense of the building’s beauty and significance. Years later, when the king decides to pull the building down, they must do something on behalf of the citizens of Cordoba, whether Muslim, Jew, or Christian. 


Kerley, Barbara. 2007. A Little Peace. National Geographic.

Seeds of peace are all over the world. Help spread it. Gripping photos and text.


Khan, Rukhsana. The Roses in My Carpets (New York:Holiday House, 1998).

When a young boy and his mother and sister come to a refugee camp to escape the war in Afghanistan, he finds some comfort in the beauty of the carpets he is learning to weave. Explicit about dangers and hardships in refugee camp, but optimistic.


Menzel, Peter, Material World: A Global Family Portrait, (Sierra Club Books, 1994).

An epic photo journey through the homes and lives of 30 families around the world, revealing the culture and economic geography of our times. 256pp.


Morris, Neil. 2003.The Atlas of Islam, Barron's Educational Series.

Many photos, original art, maps and reproductions illustrate this compendium of information about Islam for young readers.


Robert, Na’ima bint and Diana Mayo, Journey Through Islamic Art, (Mantra Lingua, 2005).  


Rumford, James, Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad, (Roaring Book Press, 2008).

Ali lives in war-torn Baghdad, inspired by Yakut the master calligrapher of 800 years ago.  Beautiful calligraphy.

Sanders, Peter. 2009. The Art of Integration: Islam in our Green and Pleasant Land. Awakening Publications.

A graceful and visually poetic reminder that Muslims have been part of British society for over a century and have contributed rich cultural diversity to United Kingdom.


Scholes, Katherine, Peace Begins with You, (Sierra Club, 1989).

The concept of peace is explained clearly for children, It explores sources of conflict and its resolution. The best way to protect peacae is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly.


Smith, David J. 2002. If the World were a Village, Kids Can Press.

Imagine the whole world population of 100 people. The companion DVD provides the visual impact of what this village looks like.


Stanley, Diane, Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam, (Harper Collins, 2002).

In the 12th century, the time of the First Crusade, Saladin was revered by all, even his enemies, for his compassion, piety, tolerance and wisdom.


UNICEF, 2002.  A Life Like Mine, How children live around the world, DorlingKindersley.

A two- page spread for each child in a different place in the world.


UNICEF. 2007.  A School Like Mine, Dorling Kindersley.

A companion to A Life Like Mine, we visit schools around the world to see what happens there.


Sales, Francesc d'A. Ibrahim, (Lippincott, 1989).

Ibrahim is tempted to exchange his job in the old market place in Marrakesh for a freer life as a desert nomad, until a dream shows him that freedom is something carried in the heart. 


Williams, Karen Lynn and Mohammed, Khadra.  Four Feet, Two Sandals, (Eerdmans, 2007).

A refugee girl in a camp shares a pair of sandals with another barefooted girl.





Khan, Aisha Karen, What You Will See Inside a Mosque, (Skylight Paths, 2008).

The author describes the parts of the structure and the behavior of Muslims within it. Full colour photographs.


Abdullah, Noorah Kathryn, What do we say… (Islamic Foundation, 2010)

Simple content and design. Question and answer format.

Albert, Edoardo, 2009. Call to Prayer: The Story of Bilal, Islamic Foundation,


Abdullah, Fadel, Our Book of Du’a for Children, (Chicago: IQRA, 1994).


Barber, Nicola, Islamic Art and Culture, (Raintree, 2005).

What do we learn about a culture through its art? We see how and why people make their art.


Conover, Sarah and Crane, Freda, Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs, A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents, (Eastern Washington University Press, 2004).

This anthology gathers traditional stories from across the Muslim world and draws from the Qur’an and ahadith, Islamic spirituality and ethics, folktales and exemplary persons of  the Islamic tradition.


Durkee, Noura, Tales from the Quran Series, (Tahrike Tarsile Quran, 1999-).

Prophetic stories and moral tales found in the Quran retold and illustrated by the author for young children.

            The Fall of the Giant

            The King, the Prince, and the Naughty Sheep

 Yunus and the Whale


Ganeri, Anita, The Great Night Journey and Other Stories, (QEB, 2007).

Other stories in the book are:  Muhammad and the Holy Book, The Journey to Madinah,  and The Well in the Desert.


Harder, Elma Ruth, Lives of the Prophets, (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Eleven stories simply retold, based only on the Noble Qur’an (no embellishing details or stories from other traditions). Each story ends with a list of ayat references, so students can find the story in the Qur’an. 


Islam, Yusuf,  A is for Allah, (Mountain of Light, 2000)

Yusuf Islam wrote a song to teach his first born child that the letter A stood first and foremost for Allah the Almighty and not, as is often taught, only for apple. Through the the Arabic alphabet, the reader is introduced to the fundamental aspects of Islam, from Allah the One, to Jannah the Garden of Paradise, through to the Quran, the Book of God, and Yawm ad-Deen, the Day of Judgement.


Khan, Saniyasnain, Tell Me about …Series, (Goodword Books, 2001-).

Illustrated with maps, photos, charts, and drawings, these books provide background information about the life and times of the prophets and prophetic mission.

            Tell Me about the Creation

Tell Me about Hajj

Tell Me about the Prophet Ibrahim

Tell Me about the Prophet Muhammad

Tell Me about the Prophet Musa

Tell Me about the Prophet Yunus


Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Mecca the Blessed, Madinah the Radiant, ( Aperture Books, 2005)

Photographs by Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi. Most of these spectacular photos were taken during the month of Ramadan when many faithful are in Mecca and Medina on pilgrimage.


Sinclair, Mehded Maryam, Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant, (Islamic Foundation, 2008).

A retelling of how the power-hungry Abrahah intended to destroy the Ka’ba. CD accompanied by the storybook.


Sinclair, Mehded Maryam. A Mercy to the Worlds, (Amman: Nur al Qasas, 2008). CD.

An introduction for young children to the whole prophetic tradition, beginning with Adam and ending with Prophet Muhammad.


Sinclair, Mehded Maryam. The Bowing of the Stars, (Amman: Nur al Qasas, 2008). CD.

A retelling of moments from the life of Prophet Yusuf.






Haan, Amanda, I Call My Hand Gentle, (Viking, 2003).

What will your hand do? Read the book, discuss how you can choose your actions, trace around your hand, and turn it into an art project.


Katz, Karen, The Colors of Us, (HenryHolt, 1999).

Simple tale of the many shades of children.


Sinclair, Mehded Maryam, A Trust of Treasures, (Leicester: Islamic Foundation, 2009).

A tale of praise to the One who created.


Stojic, Manya, Hello World, Greetings in 42 Languages, (Scholastic, 2002)





Kyuchukov, Hristo, My Name Was Hussein, 2004 .

Although they have kept their Islamic traditions living in their Bulgarian village for many generations, when an army takes over their village, a Muslim boy and his family are forced to take Christian names.


Robert, Na’ima bint, The Swirling Hijaab, (Mantra, 2002).

A little girl playing with her mother’s hijaab imagines she is a brave warrior queen, an adventurous nomad in the desert, a beautiful bride, and inside a Bedouin tent.


Woodthorpe, Deborah, Hannah and her Grandma, (Islamic Foundation, 2005).

As young Hannah and her grandmother travel together, Hannah sees ayat all around her, while her grandmother can not. Together they search for truth and finally agree.




Bregoli, Jane, The Goat Lady, (Tilbury House, 2004).

Two children and their mother befriend an elderly lady who raises goats. For many years Noaelie has provided goats milk for people who need it and sent her extra kids to poor people through Heifer International. A true story.


D’Adamo, Francesco. 2005. Iqbal, Aladdin.

This moving docu-novel, translated from the Italian, adds a new dimension to the recent biographies of Iqbal Masih, the brave young activist who brought global attention to the appalling facts of contemporary child labor when he escaped from bondage in a carpet factory and went on to help liberate other children like him before he was killed at age 13.


Knowles, Kathy, Peter’s Wish, (Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2008).

Peter’s father works as a scout with an anti-poaching team in Tanzania. Full-colour photos.


Knowles, Kathy, Maria’s Wish, (Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2008).

This is the true story of how Maria’s family works to bring back the trees in her village in Tanzania. Full colour photos.


Milway, K. Smith, 2008. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, Kids Can Press.

Changes happen in the world, one person, one family, one community at a time. Based on a real person, Kojo changed his community.


Morteson, Greg, and Roth, Susan, Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea, (Dial Books, 2009).

The true story of how a failed climb up the mountain K2 inspired Dr. Greg to build schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Stamaty, Mark Alan, Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq: Inspired by a True Story, (Knopf Books, 2004).

An Iraqi librarian’s courageous fight to save books from the Basra central library before it was destroyed in the war in 2003 is told in graphic novel format.                     


Shea, Pegi Deitz, The Carpet Boy’s Gift, (Tilbury House, 2003). Yearning for freedom and schooling for himself and other children who toil in the carpet factory in Pakistan to repay loans from the factory owner to their parents, Nadeem in inspired by a former carpet boy named Iqbal Masih to lead the way.  


Winter, Jeannette, The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, (Harcourt, 2005).

A librarian in Iraq struggles to save books before the Basra library is destroyed by war.


Winter, Jeannette. Wangari’s Trees of Peace, (Harcourt, 2008).

A young Kenyan girl decides to plant nine seedlings, which grow along with her plans to bring change. This is the true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of Nobel Peace Prize.




Beach, Mark and Kauffman, Julie, Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook: a world community cookbook, (Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa, 2006).

This cookbook is an imaginative, active invitation for children to get in touch with real food, see where it comes from, take responsibility for preparing it, and have fun from the garden to the kitchen table.


Menzel, Peter and D’Aluisio, Faith, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, (Material World Books, 2005).

A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of thirty families from twenty-four countries surrounded by a week’s worth of food.





Ghazi, Suhaib Hamid, Ramadan, (New York: Holiday House, 1996). 

Beautifully illustrated, this small book provides good information about customs as it leads the reader through a child’s day during Ramadan.


Heiligman, Deborah, Celebrate Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr with Praying, Fasting, and Charity.(National Geographic, 2006).

This lovely collection of photographs and elegant prose has backmatter with facts about Islam and the Islamic calendar, a recipe and recommended books and websites.


Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane, Celebrating Ramadan, (HolidayHouse, 2000).

A family observes a month of prayer and fasting followed by celebration.


Jones-Bey, Hassaun Ali. 1996. Better than a Thousand Months: An American Muslim Family Celebration, Peace Jungle Music, Poems, Stories.

The father is confronted by his 8-year-old daughter: "Why don't Muslims celebrate Christmas?" This little girl is not looking for a theological response but instead wants the Muslim counterpart of Christmas lights, carols and shopping. The father responds with a creative, colorful and sometimes humorous answer that grows to include the entire family.


Katz, Karen, My First Ramadan, (Henry Holt, 2007).

A young boy observes Ramadan with his family.


Khan, Hena, Night of the Moon, (Chronicle Books, 2008).

Vibrantly illustrated. Yasmeen watches the changing of the moon throughout the month of Ramadan.


Matthews, Mary. Magid Fasts for Ramadan, (Clarion Books,1996).

Magid, an eight- year-old boy in Cairo, is determined to celebrate Ramadan by fasting, despite the opposition of family members who feel that he is not yet old enough to fast.


Robert, Na’ima Bint, Ramadan Moon, (Frances Lincoln, 2009).

Stunning illustrations; lyrical text.


Whitman, Sylvia, Under the Ramadan Moon, (Albert Whitman and Co., 2008).

The patterned text makes an easy read along book for early years.


Zucker, Jonny, Fasting and Dates, (Barrons, 2004).

A simple introduction to Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. 





Clayton, Sally, Tales Told in Tents: Stories from Central Asia, (Frances Lincoln, 2004). Travelling tales from the steppes, mountains, deserts, and cities of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


Gilchrist, Cherry, Stories from the Silk Road, (Barefoot Books, 1999).

The spirit of the Silk Road guides us along the trade route from Chang’an to Samarkand. Travelers are many, always ready to tell a good story. Collection of seven stories, with a map and interesting facts as endmatter.


Krebs, Laurie, We’re Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road, (Barefoot Books, 2005).

A yearlong caravan journey introduces readers to rugged travel on the ancient trade route, with informative endnotes and a map. Lyrical refrain and captivating illustrations.


Rumford, James, Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354, (Boston:

Houghton Mifflin, 2001).

Ibn Battuta traveled nearly 75,000 miles in 29 years before returning to his home in Morocco in the 14th century. Told in first person, this account of his journey engages young readers with vivid images in text and illustration and provides detailed backmatter with specific information of his route. Exquisite calligraphy.