Whilst we have the great classics like The Hungry Caterpillar, the Roald Dahl collection, and Dear Zoo, and even the newer books like the Little People, Big Dreams collection, our bookshelves may be missing a few Islamic children’s books that instil both religion and values into our kids.
Here are 11 great Islamic children’s books from 2020 that we think are worth adding to your family collection. Pst, we added in a couple from 2019 which we think are worthy of a place on this list because they’re that good.
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1.The Proudest Blue
IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD AND S.K. ALI
Written by Ibtihaj Hassan, the olympic gold medallist, and S.K. Ali, a Mulism YA author, The Proudest Blue is a story about two sisters, Faizah and Asiya, who embark upon a journey of new experiences, confusion, hurt, and family pride when Asiya starts to wear hijab.
2. Akhlaq Building For Kids
The Akhlaaq Building for Kids series is a great way to teach young children about good characteristics and mannerisms. The series has an array of books like Studying hard, Helping Others, Being Honest, Fulfilling Your Trust, and Forgiving Others.
3. Let it Go
NA’IMA B ROBERT AND MUFTI MENK
In this best seller, you’ll be following one young boy who’s becoming more frustrated as the day goes on and how he copes with his feelings of anger and upset through forgiveness, one of the core principles of Islam. Not only is it a great way of teaching children on how to deal with their worries and feelings of hurt but it’s a lovely reminder for adults too.
4.The Green Dinosaur Umbrella
When Ibrahim becomes lost from his dad at Hajj, he uses his trusty green dinosaur umbrella to find his way back to him. But what happens when he gives the umbrella to someone who needs it more than he does? This is a fantastic book about compassion as well as introducing the concept of Hajj to your children.
5.The Great Hair Exchange
A tale about almost-identical twin sisters, Roda and Bushra, who wish they had each others’ hair and decide to do a swap for the day. Enter: chaos. A heartwarming story that instills values about appreciating Allah’s creations as well as sisterhood and honesty.
6.My First Book About Allah
This beautifully illustrated board book is the perfect way to introduce Allah to your young children and toddlers and His attributes: forgiving, merciful, oneness, and more. The colourful illustrations and large text will help keep their attention focused.
7. Allah Made Everything
You may have heard the extremely popular children’s Islamic nasheed “Allah made everything” by Zain Bhika a few years ago. If not, head to YouTube now and be prepared for your kids to ask to replay it again and again. It got so popular that it ended up becoming a beautiful published song book for young children to sing along to!
8.Is My Mom Like Other Moms?
A fantastic story about one young girl who takes us on a walk through town where she meets other mums and asks herself if her mum is like other mums. It teaches young Muslim children about how to embrace their own religion and identity however “different” it may seem as well as accepting other’s cultural and religious differences too.
This aesthetically pleasing book follows a young girl, Najma, being taught about space, stardust, nebulas, and more by Mama, her astronomist mum. Not only does she learn about the galaxy beyond us but also how Allah created every particle in this universe.
10.My First Muslim Potty Book
Starting to potty train your little one? My First Muslim Potty book is a lovely and gentle way of easing your child into the concept of going to potty but also incorporating istinja – the act of washing and drying after you are done – into the routine too.
11.My Brother’s Shield
Follow the journey of Anisah who is in awe of her big brother, Adam, as he fasts during the month of Ramadan. She’ll be helping him fight his challenges throughout the fast in the most superhero-esque way possible. An inspirational read that will provide kids with the basic foundation of Ramadan and good values. There is also a complementary activity book, complete with stickers too, that can be purchased alongside the story book.