Books on Islam for children and teens

The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee created this book list to assist members who may have been receiving requests for book titles on Islam, Muslims, and/or the Qur’an in response to a planned public burning of the Qur’an by Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.   - September 2010

Preschool

Amira's Totally Chocolate World by J. Samia Mair.  The Islamic Foundation, 2010.
Amira loves chocolate so much that every night before she goes to sleep, she asks God to make everything chocolate. On Eid ul-Fitr, she wakes up to find a totally chocolate world! At first she loves her new world, but when she discovers that she misses all the beautiful colors in nature, she realizes that God, the Creator, knows best.
 
Celebrating Id-Ul-Adha: A Muslim Festival by Alice Green. Powerkids Press, 2009.
This title introduces the beliefs and practices of this Muslim holiday.
 
My First Ramadan by Karen Katz. Henry Holt, 2007.
A boy observes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with his family.
 
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Kahn, illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Chronicle Books, 2008.
Yasmeen has a wonderful time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with her family and friends.
 
White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon. Boyds Mill Press, 2008.
A Kuwaiti girl tells how her family celebrates Girgian, a part of the Ramadan holiday.

Elementary

Ayat Jamilah = Beautiful Signs: a Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents , collected and adapted by Sarah Conover and Freda Crane; illustrated by Valerie Wahl. Eastern Washington University Press, 2004.
This collection of stories from throughout the Islamic world, from China to Africa to the Middle East, offers something for a wide range of ages.
 
Celebrate Ramadan by Laura S. Jeffrey. Enslow Publishers, 2008.
Learn about the significance of Ramadan and how it is celebrated.
 
Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story by Bernard Wolf.  Lee & Low Books, 2003.
Through captivating color photographs and engaging text, this thoughtful book helps young readers understand Muslims as individuals and families.
 
I Belong to the Muslim Faith by Katie Dicker and Zohal Azizi. PowerKids Press, 2010.
A young Muslim girl provides an easy introduction to her religion

Islam (World of Faiths Series) by Fatma Amer. QEB Publishing, 2006.
Readers can explore Islam and learn how the Prophet Muhammad started one of the most popular religions in the world.
 
Islamic Stories by Anita Ganeri; illustrated by Rebecca Wallis. Picture Window Books, 2006.
Nine traditional tales of Islam are offered here.
 
The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations by Noorah Al-Gailani; illustrated by Helen Williams. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Hawthorn Press, 2002.
Teachers, parents and children can learn more about Islamic holidays through stories, crafts and activities.
 
Muhammad by Demi. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003.
This beautifully illustrated narrative of the life of the Prophet Muhammad also provides an overview of Islam.
 
My Muslim Year by Cath Senker.  Hodder & Stoughton, 2004.
Nine-year-old Nayaab's diary offers insight into the calendar year and looks at the typical customs and celebrations celebrated by Muslim children.
 
Salaam: a Muslim American Boy's Story by Tricia Brown; photographs by Ken Cardwell.  Henry Holt, 2006.
A Muslim American boy explains the principles of Islam as he narrates the events of a day in his life. A glossary and definitions of the Five Pillars of Islam are appended.
  
Time to Pray by Maha Addasi. Boyds Mills Press, 2010.
When young Yasmin goes for a visit, her grandmother teaches her a Muslim's daily prayers, makes special prayer clothes, and gives a gift that will help Yasmin remember when to pray. Includes facts about prayer customs.
 
What You Will See inside a Mosque by Aisha Karen Khan, illustrated by Aaron Pepis. Skylight Paths Publishing, 2003.
Colorful photographs and straightforward text offer an invitation to see what takes place in a mosque and an introduction to the Muslim faith.
 
 

Teens

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Tamar Budhos. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.
Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.
 
Being Muslim by Haroon Siddiqui.  Groundwood Books, 2006.
This up-front and clear analysis and history of the varying branches of Islam offers a unique perspective based on life in Canada, a country in which diverse groups of people have found a way to live in peace.
 
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.  Orchard Books, 2007.
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
 
Is Islam a Religion of War or Peace? (At Issues: Religion Series) edited by Jann Einfeld. Thomson/Gale, 2005.
Eleven opinions on Islam are presented here.
 
Islam (World Religions Series) by Claire Alkouatli. Marshall Cavendish / Benchmark, 2007.
The author provides a detailed overview of the world's second largest religion.
 
Mixing It by Rosemary Hayes.  Frances Lincoln, 2007.
Fatimah is a devout Muslim. Steve has never given much thought to matters of faith. The two of them happen to be walking down the same street when a terrorist bomb explodes and Steve is badly injured.   Fatimah stays with him, willing him to stay alive.  The next day their picture appears in every newspaper. “Romeo and Juliet!” and “Love Across the Divide!” scream the headlines. Then the threats and anonymous phone calls start. Can the two young people rise above the hatred and learn to understand one another?