Back in October 2017, I went into my daughter’s grade 5 class (she attends a public school) for reading week, with two children Islamic books in hand – and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! 

When a form came home from my daughter’s class, asking parents if they wanted to come in during reading week to read to the class, my immediate reaction was to tick that ‘yes’ box on the form. I was so excited for this opportunity to not only meet the awesome student’s in my daughter’s class, but to also teach them about our religion.

The two books I decided to take with me were, It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Lailah’s lunchbox (links to both books are at the bottom of this page if you would like to purchase them). The first book I read to the class was Lailah’s lunchbox; I love this book because I could relate to the main character’s struggle of feeling awkward with fasting in public school. I’m really glad I chose this specific book, as for some students, it was the very first time they were hearing about Ramadan and fasting. If your children attend public school, and even if they don’t, I highly recommend this book as it’s a great introduction to fasting.

Up next was It’s Ramadan, Curious George! As soon as I mentioned that I was going to read a Curious George book, everyone’s eyes lit up with excitement- even the teacher’s! Needless to say, everyone thought it was super cool that there was a Curious George book about Ramadan. After I was done reading to the class, there was time for questions- I was blown away over how the students were eager to ask questions. Their enthusiasm made my heart smile!

As I mentioned before, for most of the students, this was the first time they were hearing about Ramadan and fasting, and I’m so glad I had these two books to help me to introduce them to one of the five pillars of Islam. The icing on the cake was when my daughter came home from school that day and told me some of the students in her class thought I was ”so nice and cool!” Mission accomplished!

Links to purchase these books:

Canadian residents:

”Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.”

”It’s the first day of Ramadan, and George is celebrating with his friend Kareem and his family. George helps Kareem with his first fast and joins in the evening celebration of tasting treats and enjoying a special meal. Then, George helps make gift baskets to donate to the needy, and watches for the crescent moon with the man in the yellow hat. Finally George joins in the Eid festivities to mark the end of his very first Ramadan.”

U.S residents:

Lailah’s Lunchbox, to purchase click here

It’s Ramadan, Curious George, to purchase click here

U.K residents:

Lailah’s Lunchbox, to purchase click here

It’s Ramadan, Curious George, to purchase click here

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