Hi everyone! I know it has been a long long time since I’ve written over here. I’ve been more active over on the Instagram account because let’s be honest, it’s just easier. But, I shared some of my favourite Islamic children’s books over on my stories and decided to follow it up with a blog post with the links to the books included. So here goes, my first proper blog post in months.
There are certain things I think make a great children’s book. It has to be beautifully illustrated, with thought and attention given to the presentation and images that inspire wonder in the child. It should also be well written, either in rhyme or in prose, with words chosen carefully to best relay the intended message to the child.
Here are some Islamic books that I think meet such standards and that my children have enjoyed…
- The Boy and the Owl by Siraj Mowjood & Aisha Changezi
This book is a staple for the Muslim home. It explores the basics of our creed (Aqeedah) through a story and beautiful illustrations. The wording is simple and concise and it ends with a profound message. Available here.
2. Montmorency’s Book of Rhymes by T. J. Winter & Anne Yvonne Gilbert
Written by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, this collection of nursery rhymes range from playful stories and silly rhymes to poignant reminders and short stories which aim to teach children about basic vices such as greed and obstinance. Available here.
3. Painting Heaven: Polishing the Mirror of the Heart by Demi Hunt & Coleman Barks
Drawing on Imam Al-Ghazzali’s “Marvels of the Heart” this book explores what is required to purify the heart through a story and accompanied by Demi’s characteristic illustrations. My children are always left in awe when we read this book, and I think its one that is just as relevant to the adults too. Available here.
4. Muhammad (pbuh) by Demi
No list of Islamic children’s books is complete with a biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This one by Demi is my favourite for its stunning illustrations of course, but also for its narration of the main events in the Prophet’s (pbuh) life. Available here.
5. The Genius of Islam by Bryn Barnard
This one is a non-fiction text that explores the major contributions and inventions that stem from Muslims. I’d say its aimed at older children, but the illustrations and facts can dazzle younger children as well. Available here.
6. Golden domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
This one ticks all the boxes for me. The illustrations are stunning and the premise of the book simple and accessible. Available here.
7. Ramadan Moon by Na’ima Roberts
We take this book out every Ramadan (with numerous readings beforehand) and the girls just love every page. In a time when we lack community and therefore exposure to Islamic customs in real time, such books aid to fill that void. Available here.
8. It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan
Universally loved Curious George goes on a Ramadan adventure. It’s fantastic for the kids to see a well-known character engaging in Ramadan activities as well. Available here.
9. The 99 Names of God by Daniel Thomas Dyer
A recent favourite of ours, this book goes through each of the 99 names of God through activities, stories and illustrations. As part of our homeschooling program we are currently going through each name, creating an illustration of a sign of the name and reflecting on how we can see His Name present around us. Available here.
10. TURKISH BOOK “Daha da küçükler için allah’ı merak ediyorum”
This is a Turkish book, but it is so good that I had to share it with you all. If you are Turkish, then this series is a must in the home. It explores difficult concepts related to Allah (Swt) through narrative. The stories are beautifully written and convey the message clearly. Not sure if this site delivers internationally but it seems to be available here.
I’m sure there are plenty more books out there, so if you know any please do share them in the comments below.