Its nearly the end of 2020 and what a year it has been! But you’re here to read about our Top 10 favourite Islamic Books for Children from 2020. In no particular order, we are sharing our favourite books of the year that we discovered, bought or just really enjoyed. I’ve included some mini reviews and you can click on the pictures for where to purchase (amazon affiliate links included)
Click for more on our previous book recommendation blogposts:
Our Top 10 Favourite Islamic Books For Children (2019)
Top 10 favourite Islamic Books for children in 2018
Top 10 favourite Islamic Books for children in 2017
Our top 6 Ramadan Book recommendations
Let It Go by Na’ima b Robert and Mufti Menk
‘Let it Go’ is a lovely and unique book that introduces an important character trait we all are encouraged to adopt – forgiveness! It’s a book of hope for young minds in knowing life isn’t perfect and we and others will make mistakes and that’s ok because we will ask Allah for help and ask for forgiveness. The highlights feelings and emotions young children (and adults) feel when they are upset and it’s a great way of discussing these with your children as you read the book. We love this book and come back to it often – aimed at children ages 5-8.
The Flying Carpet + My Brother’s Shield by Zahra Patel
The Flying Carpet is an imaginative story about Salaah – the 5 Prayers – it’s creative and fun and takes you on a journey throughout the book until you find the final destination. My Brother’s shield is the Story of Ramadan – the protective shield which he carries around whilst fasting. It’s a lovely story of a brother (Adam) and sister Anisah – who looks up to her brother Adam as he fasts in Ramadan. We highly recommend both these books with their activity packs – really well thought out creative activities that my girls loved! Your children will love these books – aimed at children aged 4-8.
Yan’s Hajj by Fawzia Gilani
One of our absolute favourite books for learning about Hajj is Yan’s Hajj! This book brings me to tears every time and my eldest finishes off reading the sentences for me! 😢 Yan’s kindness towards others and selflessness is truly inspiring. Even though he yearned for doing his Hajj, he sacrificed his Hajj money for others, to help others. It’s a must have for every bookshelf and can be read all year round – aimed at childred aged 5-9.
Go On, Zap Shaytaan + My Special Angels by Razana Noor
These wonderful books by Razana Noor are a firm favourite on our bookshelf. The girls enjoy reading and discussing about Shaytaan and the angels. It’s a great way to introduce these concepts to our children especially when they get so curious about them at a young age! Highly recommend them – aged 5+
Basirah the Basketballer says Insha’Allah by Hafsah Dabiri
It’s been in our Top 10 2 years running – but we really love it! – This wonderful story takes you through the important lesson of knowing everything that happens, happens by Allah’s will. It’s a fantastic way to introduce our children to the word Insha’Allah and learn what it means. The story features a young girl Basirah who really wants to be chosen captain of her Basketball team, but along the way she learns lessons of friendship and being a team player. This is such a brilliant diverse book for our kids to understand how dua and the words Insha’Allah are used in our lives – aimed at children ages 5+
Planet Omar by Zanib Mian
The Planet Omar series are brilliant chapter books written by Zanib Mian. It was on our Top 10 last year, and now the 2nd and 3rd books have made the Top 10 this year. Planet Omar Acceidentla Troube Magnet and Planet Omar Unexpected Super Spy. My now 7 year old was super excited that there were follow up books after she read the first one. It would also make a good read aloud – aimed at children aged 6+
Jannah Jewels: The Treasure in Timbuktu
If there was a chapter book series I wish I read as a child I’d have to say It’s this one. I absolutely loved the concept behind the book. Not only did it play a huge part in our Mansa Musa Unit Study, it actually complemented it perfectly! The girls loved the idea of the characters and wanted to be part of Jannah Jewels too and created their own posters. We got to learn about the importance of Timbuktu though this chapter book – ideal for 6-8yr olds or even as a read aloud. We highly recommend the following books in the series too. Use our code MAMATEACHESME for a 10% discount!
The Phases of the Moon by Shade7
We love the Phases of the Moon book by Shade7 – it worked perfectly in our Space Unit and would be the ideal book for Ramadan. With the dua for a new moon, Hadith and a special glow in the dark page at the end the best part is it stands as you tie back the front and back and makes a decorative book display piece too – It also works really well with the Islamic Months books by Shade7 as we talked about how the phases of the moon are useful especially for the Islamic Lunar Calendar! Highly recommend it for your children from ages 4+
Yasmin Series by Saadia Faruqi
The Yasmin Series is a wonderful first chapter book series for our children. With 4 different titles, they are an easy read with the main character Yasmin taking her readers on an adventure as a builder, explorer, fashion model and painter. a wonderful series for early readers – aimed at children 5-8
Who will help me make Iftaar? by Asmaa Hussein
We love this book – it’s similar to the Little Red Hen Story but with a nice twist at the end, highlighting kindness, giving and sharing. We love this book at Ramadan time, the girls often want to help me with iftaar straight after we read this book! Aimed at children 5+
Check out Eva from Lets Learn Mama’s blogpost and Fozia from Muslim Mummy’s blogpost for their Islamic book recommendations.
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