Growing up Pakistani, Eid ul-Fitr meant waking up to the sweet smell of cardamom-infused air, downing creamy sweet oodles of stringy thin noodles called seviyan, dressing in full Eid regalia, and then scrambling off to the masjid.
The serene Eid prayers ended with a buzz of excitement, children skedaddling to meet their friends, and grown-ups exchanging pleasantries. One look at the Eid prayer attendees and you’d realize that Muslims make up a diverse community of people connected by the thread of holiday traditions that emulate gratitude and giving.
Eid ul-Fitr is an opportunity to rejoice and learn. Here are some great picture books that celebrate the holiday and Muslim diversity.
Amira’s Picture Day, by Reem Faruqi
- Best for ages: 4-9
Join Pakistani-American Amira and her Picture Day plight in this delightful Eid ul-Fitr tale. Will Amira be able to make it to school in time for Picture Day after Eid celebrations? Find out in this classroom must-have that leaves the reader feeling nostalgic for Eid.
Eid Breakfast at Abuela’s, by Mariam Saad
- Best for ages: 3-9
Follow little Sofia’s Eid ul-Fitr as she scrapbooks her journey to Mexico while celebrating Eid for the first time with Abuela and her mom’s family. Brimming with bright and colorful illustrations this multilingual adventure celebrates diversity, inclusion, acceptance, the commonalities in faith, and Eid, of course!
One Perfect Eid Day and No More Cake! by Suzanne Muir
- Best for ages: 2-5
This happily festive counting book about Eid ul-Fitr features diverse children from different ethnicities and backgrounds. With cheerful rhymes and wonderful illustrations, this picture book makes a great holiday read.
Ilyas and Duck and Fantastic Festival of Eid-al-Fitr, by Omar Khawaja
- Best for ages: 4-9
Join the goofiest duck in town and his pal Ilyas as they venture out on a hot air balloon to learn about Eid ul-Fitr. This rhythmic action-packed quest will educate, entertain, and have all those little merrymakers rolling in mirth and demanding a reread. A splendid holiday read aloud for families and classroom settings.
Nabeel’s New Eid Pants, An Eid Tale, by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
- Best for ages: 4-10
This light-hearted Eid ul-Fitr story is retold by beloved author Fawzia Gillani Williams and captures the story of a cobbler whose Eid pants are cut too short in a well-intentioned series
of misfortunate events. Be prepared to laugh out loud as events unfold alongside Nabeel who imparts the lessons of gratitude and giving. This endearing folktale is a beautiful way to relive the spirit of Eid.
Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid, by Yasmeen Rahim
- Best for ages: 2-7
There’s an Eid party in town and you’re invited to celebrate with the adorable Hassan and Aneesa. This book highlights all the key aspects of Eid ul-Fitr and is truly a prize to have on every Eid shelf.
Omar and Oliver – The Super Eidilicious Recipe, by Maria Dadouch
- Best for ages: 3-8
This bilingual and interfaith book (written in Arabic and English) is a deliciously fun Eid ride which kids request to hear all over again. Join Omar and his best friend Oliver as they collaborate and spy on Omar’s sister to get her “Super Eidilicious Cookie recipe” and learn the moral of sharing along the way. This captivating Eid story will make a lovely holiday gift for young ones.
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