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Ramadan is a special month in Islam, a time for Muslim families to come together for fasting, prayer, and reflection. It's the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a commemoration of when the first verses of the Quran were revealed. Throughout the month, families celebrate several traditions, including suhoor and iftar where families wake up early for a pre-dawn meal called Suhoor, and then break their fast together at sunset with a festive meal called Iftar. These meals become a time for connection and sharing stories. Learn more about the holiday and how it is celebrated around the world by sharing these wonderful stories with your loved ones with your DC Public Library card! 

Moon's Ramadan

Moon's Ramadan, Natasha Khan Kazi

With radiant and welcoming art, this debut picture book and modern holiday classic captures the magic and meaning of one of the world's most joyful and important celebrations. It's Ramadan, the month of peace, and Moon watches over Ramadan traditions with excitement and longing in this sweetly illustrated debut. Cleverly blending glimpses of different countries' celebrations with the corresponding phases of the moon, Moon's Ramadan makes Ramadan, one of the world's most widely celebrated traditions, accessible and exciting for all readers. 

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Lailah's Lunchbox

Laila's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story, Reem Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Carman. This gentle, moving story from first-time author Reem Faruqi comes to life in Lea Lyon's vibrant illustrations. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days.

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Night of the Moon

The Night of the Moon, Hena Khan

Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan, "The Night of the Moon" (Chaand Raat), and Eid. With lush illustrations that evoke Islamic art, this beautiful story offers a window into modern Muslim culture--and into the ancient roots from within its traditions have grown.

The Gift of Ramadan

The Gift of Ramadan, Rabiah York Lumbard

Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly - and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday.

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The Night Before Eid

The Night Before Eid: A Muslim Family Story, Aya Khalil

On the night before Eid, it's finally time to make special sweet treats: Teita's famous ka'ak. Zain eagerly unpacks the ingredients from his grandmother's bulky suitcase: ghee from Khalo Karim, dates from Amo Girgis, and honey from Tant Tayseer--precious flavors all the way from Egypt. Together with Mama and Teita, Zain follows his family's recipe and brings to life Eid songs and prayers, pharaonic history, and the melodies and tastes of his Egyptian heritage This Muslim holiday story, featuring a delicious ka'ak recipe, is a satisfying addition to a joyful and expansive Eid.

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Audiences: Kids
Topic: Celebrations