Growing up, I don’t have a single memory of my parents reading me a story about ramadan, or salat, or anything even remotely related to my religion. There were simply no books for something like that. I didn’t grow up in an Arab country- whatever arabic media about this topic that existed for children was beyond me.
So I grew up without these bedtime stories like many of my muslim friends, who’ve been displaced or immigrated for one reason or another, and grew up abroad from their native countries of origin. I never even heard or read books about characters who were like me; there simply were none (well except for that one book “does my head look big in this”, comment below if you know what I’m talking about hehe).
In any case, there are millions out there like me, and though we’ve managed to find a place to connect and feel like we belong and continued our traditions and held on to our faith, it doesn’t hurt to have books out there about muslim things, or movies or shows. We might be all grown up now, but hopefully things can be different for our younger sisters and brothers and even kids.
With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to this wonderful book by Anitha Rathod about Ramadan which is perfect to read to young kids especially with Ramadan starting in a few months, this is a great way to explain and introduce the month to them!
Here are a few pages from the book: Ramadan My First Fast
About the Author:
Anitha is an author and illustrator who believes in enriching kids’ lives through interesting stories with lively pictures. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Management with an MBA degree in Human Resources and Finance. She quit her corporate job after 9 years to pursue her passion for creating books that bring the joy of reading, and give wings to creativity and imagination, while at the same time broadening children’s minds through these topics.
Writing stories for children gives her immense pleasure and she cherishes the moments when kids enjoy every bit of her stories and sink into the imaginative world.
She enjoys writing articles on various topics ranging from entrepreneurship to religious-tolerance. As an illustrator, she continues to bring her characters to life through her lively and colourful illustrations.
When she is not writing or illustrating, she loves to spend time with her 2 young kids. She is also a marathon runner and enjoys swimming.
You can get this book and support her work over at www.anitharathod.com. Or you can head over to Anitha’s instagram at @anithagrathod to download a digital copy for FREE to share with your loved ones!