Spring 2024

A Ramadan to Remember

From the Series Holidays in Our Home

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Ramadan is almost here! It’s Zain’s favorite time of the year.

Well, it usually is. After a recent move and with no mosque or Islamic school in his new neighborhood, will Zain find a new Muslim friend to celebrate with him?

Children will learn what makes the ninth Islamic month special from pre-Ramadan decorating, the importance of fasting and volunteering in the community, and the festivities and prayers that continue through the month, ending with Eid al-Fitr.

Marzieh A. Ali and Najwa Awatiff join together to celebrate their respective cultures as Ramadan is observed by Muslims around the world.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity, Holidays, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Soaring Kite Books
Imprint Soaring Kite Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-01-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV030130, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level M
Features Activities, Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Marzieh A. Ali

Marzieh A. Ali is a baker-turned-author. She loves adding magic to her creations, including the books she writes for children. Marzieh lives in Pakistan with her husband and children.

Illustrator: Najwa Awatiff

Najwa Awatiff is an architect-turned-illustrator and lives with her husband and three young children in Malaysia. Najwa loves to inject nature and architectural features in her illustrations.


Publishers Weekly

“[T]his heartwarming title stresses the importance of community, while Awatiff’s vibrant spreads convey a sense of happiness and contentment.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Ali successfully weaves a heartwarming tale of teachable moments around the traditions of Ramadan while sensitively navigating Zain’s loss of his prior community and his resilience as he forges new bonds . . . . An uplifting tale about recapturing the spirit of Ramadan.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“This lovely picture book shares the specifics of the Ramadan holiday with readers of all backgrounds, while illustrating the very real emotions of one boy who feels alienated from his peers. . . . [A] heartfelt and detailed book to share with all children, whether or not they celebrate Ramadan themselves.”—starred, School Library Journal