Ramadan Mubarak to our neighbors! We’re sad we can’t be together this year to celebrate at our Ramadan READy program. So I looked through our digital collection to find stories and nonfiction you can access without leaving the house.
You can also put holds on library materials to pick up at the drive-thru window! If you would like to create any of the crafts we did in the past, or find some new ones to do this year, check out the links at the bottom of this article.
Books from our Digital Collection
If you search “Muslim Juvenile” in Axis 360, you can find picture books like Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Deep in the Sahara and Never Say a Mean Word Again. You’ll also find chapter books like The Night Diary (also available as an audiobook), Power Forward and Helping the Polonskys.
Searching “Islam* Juvenile” will bring up the chapter book Nowhere Boy as well as nonfiction, including biographies such as Who Was Muhammad Ali? (also an audiobook). You can find more biographies on people like Malala Yousafzai or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by searching their names.
On the cloudLibrary app, just search Ramadan to get a variety of nonfiction books and simple informational picture books for children. You can find the beginning reader Max Celebrates Ramadan here, as well as a short audio story “My House is Too Small for Ramadan” in the story collection A Holiday Present.
OverDrive only lists Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns among its available titles, but it does allow you to recommend books for purchase. If you see a Ramadan book the library should purchase, please let us know!
On TumbleBookLibrary I found two books about real-life Muslims, The Librarian of Basra and Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali. There is also a story in Spanish, El Cielo de Afganistan, about a girl flying kites and thinking about peace.
I did not find any music for Ramadan in our digital collection that appeared to be for children. To the best of my understanding, there are a variety of opinions within the Muslim community about when music (and what types of music) is appropriate.
Activities and Crafts
The organization Ramadan READy has PDFs of printable crafts and activities (just scroll down beneath the books), including the paper lanterns people decorated at the library’s first Ramadan program! You can find printable crafts and activities from 2019 and 2018 on their website, as well. If that’s not enough, Activity Village also has materials for Eid, including craft ideas, coloring sheets and greeting cards.
You can find even more titles about Ramadan and Eid listed on our old Children’s Services blog: