Ramadan is quick approaching and I wanted to share with every one our 30 book picks for this month. I have selected books that are Ramadan themed and also some that are not. These are books I have collected over the year to develop our Homeschool Library. I believe in the importance of teaching our children the narrative they come from. When children hear about stories that connect with them and validate their culture and traditions it helps them in building their identity. For this reason I never shy away from investing into books and teaching from literature and storytelling. Also, they make great gifts!
How I plan on using our Books.
Ramadan this year is going to be a good 16-17 Hour long fast where I live, that’s a long day to keep my kids entertained and occupied, especially with my energy levels running low. So I plan on keeping them entertained with open ended play, a craft and a sensory activity that centers around the book we read each day. We will also be finding good deeds or moral lessons from the story and implementing it in our day. In addition to that we will be crafting a Alhamdulillah Journey Scrap book using the Alhamduillah series and reflecting in the Mini Muslim Journal by UmmAbdullah.
What books am I using.
- Stories of the Prophets The Story of Adam By DarusSalam
- Stories of the Prophets The Story of Ibrahim By DarusSalam
- Stories of the Prophets The Story of Muhammed in Makkah By DarusSalam
- Stories of the Prophets The Story of Muhammed in Medina By DarusSalam
- Thank You O Allah! by Aisha bint Mahmood
- Hilmy the Hippo by Rae Norridge
- Its Ramadan, Curious George
- My Special Angels: The two noble scribes.
- Golden Globes and Silver Lantern by Hena Khan
10. Luqman’s Advice to his Son Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
11. Allah Speaks to the Prophet Musa Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
12. Allah made them All Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
13. Love your Parents Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
14. The travels of Prophet Ibrahim Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
15. I’m So Angry by Sarah Javed
16. First Fast By Uthman Hutchinson
17. How Big is Allah By Emma Apple
18.A trust of Treasures by Mehded Maryam Sinclair
19. Ilyas and Duck and the fantastic festival of Eid al Fitr by Omar.S. Khawaja.
20. Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah by Omar.S. Khawaja.
22. Lailah’s Lunch Box by Reem Faruqi
23. The Most Magnificent Mosque by Ann Jungman and Shelly Fowles.
24. Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
25. The Apple Tree by Mariam Al Kalby
26. The Three Muslim Festivals written by Aminah Ibrahim Ali
27. The House of Wisdom by Florence Heide and Judith Gilliland
28. A Party in Ramadan By Asma Mobin-Uddin.
29. A Picnic of Poems in Allah’s Green Garden by Dawud Wharnsby
30. Night of the Moon by Hena Khan.
31. Ramadan by Suhaib Ghazi
32. Allah’s Zoo by Goodward Kids.
33. Migo and Ali Love for the Prophets by Zanib Mian
That’s 33 for you, for the days you need more than one book!
Some Activity books that we will also be using:
Owl and Cat Ramadan Coloring and activity book
Ramadan and Fasting Activity Book
Lets Learn from the Holy Quran
Allah to Z: Activity book.
The Giant Journey puzzle by Learning Roots.
Keep an eye out on this page for weekly lesson plans on activities for all the listed books!
Salam (Peace) All!
One of the things that really reeled me into the Charlotte Mason methodology was the idea of spending quality time reading to our children. As mothers, we tend to be overwhelmed with our chores and responsibilities. We don’t have the time or the mental saneness to spend one on one time with each of our children. Most of the time we don’t have time to spend one on one time with our own selves! In addition to that, add a regular crazy day of homeschool and it is a recipe for an overwhelmed mama!
Reading some of Charlotte Mason’s books has introduced me to the idea of taking it slow. Slow but Intentional.
Introducing Story Teatime…
In an effort to slow down the pace of each day, we decided to take a few moments for tea time; where we drink some tea, read a little poetry or some stories, reflect, and eat a snack. What is interesting is that a lot of Charlotte Mason’s writing pulls on the imagery of Food. She suggests that children need a “feast” of living ideas to “feed their hunger”. All this imagery is quite appropriate when you think about the fact that the one thing that connects all people, from all cultures and backgrounds is FOOD.
Story Teatime has helped me a lot in our homeschool. It’s a happy merger between Reading aloud and tea time; where we bring in our living books, poetry or whatever books spike our attention onto the table. We eat and read and discuss. Now, I need to remind you that I have a 2.5 yr old that thinks shes 4, so things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. But, if you add some of their favorite food or whatever your child’s heart pleases it keeps them attentive for at least a little bit.
To give this an Islamic spin we included some poetry of Dawud Wharnsby Ali, who our kids love, and his CDs are our favorite in the car and on long rides. We also plan on trying some Poetry by Rumi, Stories of the Prophets and some other Islamic living books I have found. Some other books we are currently reading from are:
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Poems to Learn by heart
- The llama who had no pajama
- Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
- You read to me and I’ll read to you.
- Children’s book of Art
Story tea time also gives us an opportunity to talk about our learning or about our day, and makes my kids feel like they are spending some special time with me. It also gives me a chance to slow down and enjoy the conversations about randomness with them, from topics such as what’s for dinner to what is the soul. After all, Charlotte Mason says that education is about building relationships and connecting learning with those relationships.
Give Story Teatime a try! What are some ways you connect learning with relationships?
How many children’s books can you think of that have a female character in a lead role who is strong, independent, positive and not just a damsel in distress? Not many, right? Here we are trying to raise strong, positive, wholesome girls in the age of the historic Women’s March and what are we reading to them, very few examples of such women.
So when I discovered Rebel girls, I jumped on it!
We got Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, 100 tales of Extraordinary Women, and we love it! This book has short one page stories about amazing, accomplished, real women from different walks of life and from various places around the world. The stories are in a short narrative format with beautiful, eye-catching illustrations that keep the kids engaged. At the end of the book, the kids get to draw themselves and think about their own contributions and who they are and who they want to be. I thought that was a very inspirational thing to put in the book. My daughters are preschool and kindergarten age, but the stories kept them listening. They may not retain all the information now, but this book is one for the library, and I am hoping they will connect with it over and over as they grow.