It's Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr! by Richard SebraDo you like holidays? Learn all about how and why people celebrate different holidays. Carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about the holiday traditions and celebrations of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions and a photo glossary help build nonfiction learning skills.
Publication Date: 2016-08-01
Amira's Picture Day by Reem Faruqi; Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can't wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There's just one hiccup- it's also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once? An ALSC Notable Children's Book Just the thought of Eid makes Amira warm and tingly inside. From wearing new clothes to handing out goody bags at the mosque, Amira can't wait for the festivities to begin. But when a flier on the fridge catches her eye, Amira's stomach goes cold. Not only is it Eid, it's also school picture day. If she's not in her class picture, how will her classmates remember her? Won't her teacher wonder where she is? Though the day's celebrations at the mosque are everything Amira was dreaming of, her absence at picture day weighs on her. A last-minute idea on the car ride home might just provide the solution to everything in this delightful story from acclaimed author Reem Faruqi, illustrated with vibrant color by Fahmida Azim. A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year A CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Book of the Year
Publication Date: 2021-04-13
Moon Watchers by Reza Jalali; Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator)For Muslim people around the world, Ramadan is a month-long time for prayer, fasting, and charity. This "month of blessing" is not viewed as a time of hardship but instead as a time to develop self-discipline and increase awareness of and compassion for the poor and the hungry. It is a time to deepen connection with Allah through prayer and community. For this much-anticipated month, Muslim people gather together in homes, shops, and restaurants to break their fasts and pray. Islam uses a lunar calendar, so the timing of Ramadan depends on the cycles of the moon. Ramadan lasts a lunar month: from new moon to full moon and back to new moon. Ramadan always begins on the first night of the new moon of the ninth month of the year. Because the lunar calendar's months are shorter than the solar calendar's months, Ramadan appears to "move" from year to year. As a result, fasting (no food or water) during the winter months is not quite so much a challenge as fasting during long, hot summer days. It is the custom to start the day with a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, then not eat or drink again until after the sun has set. That post-daylight meal is called iftar. Sharing these pre-dawn and post-sunset meals is an important part of community and family bonding, which is part of why Shirin feels a bit left out. Ramadan is as important to many Muslims as Christmas and Easter are to many Christians, and Passover, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah are to many Jewish people. Ramadan ends with a gift-giving celebration called Eid ul-Fitr, which means "festival of breaking the fast." Moon Watchers could promote conversations about: Sibling rivalry Making ethical decisions Food, culture, and religious holidays Lessons that can be learned from the experience of fasting The role of the lunar calendar in Islam and other religions Diverse family traditions and practices for holidays
Call Number: PZ7.J153557 Moo 2010
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
Too Small Tola by Atinuke; Onyinye Iwu (Illustrator)Three delightful tales from a renowned Nigerian storyteller introduce a chapter-book heroine who is every bit as mighty as she is small. In a trio of droll stories, award-winning author and storyteller Atinuke debuts an endearing and enduring character with plenty to prove. Tola lives in an apartment in the busy city of Lagos, Nigeria, with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmommy, who is very bossy. Tola may be small, but she's strong enough to carry a basket brimming with groceries home from the market, and she's clever enough to count out Grandmommy's change. When the faucets in the apartment break, it's Tola who brings water from the well. And when Mr. Abdul, the tailor, has an accident and needs help taking his customers' measurements, only Tola can save the day. Atinuke's trademark wit and charm are on full display, accompanied by delightful illustrations by Onyinye Iwu. Too Small Tola evokes the urban bustle and rich blending of cultures in Lagos through the eyes of a little girl with an outsize will--and an even bigger heart.