Muslim Heritage Month Recommended Reading - Clifton Public Library List for Young Readers


Last week the Board of Education made the following resolution declaration January to be Muslim Heritage Month:

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2023, Governor Philip D. Murphy signed Joint Resolution No. 6 by the Senate and the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey designating the month of January of each year as Muslim Heritage Month; and

WHEREAS, Muslims are the world's second-largest religious group practicing the Islamic faith. With approximately 1.8 billion followers representing approximately twenty four percent of the world's population, there are about 3.45 million Muslims in the United States from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The Muslim community represents 1.1% of the population in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Muslims have made significant contributions throughout history, including notable achievements in philosophy, mathematics, chemistry, physics, astronomy, medicine, music, architecture, literature, and the arts. Their philanthropy, humanitarianism, civic responsibility, and culture help to enrich the United States socially, economically, and historically: and

WHEREAS,There are nearly 300,000 Muslim Americans in New Jersey, representing one of the largest Muslim American communities in the United States. Their contributions help fortify and strengthen the economy and diversity of the people in our state and local communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Clifton School District Board of Education affirms January as Muslim Heritage Month

Clifton Library Recommendations for Muslim Heritage Month
To aid our community in learning more about significant Muslim contributions and culture, the Clifton Main Memorial Library has curated a Muslim Heritage Month reading list for The Clifton Times, which features a wide range of books recommended for young readers, selected by Children’s Department Supervising Librarian Gloria Abero.

We have included a link to each book’s publisher with a brief summary from the publishers’ websites. Cliftonites can stop by the Clifton Main Memorial Library or the Allwood Branch from Monday through Saturday to pick up a copy of any of these books. Patrons can also place holds on any of these books through PALS Plus. For the Clifton Public Library hours of operation and more information please see HERE.

My Brother's Shield - Zahra Patel (ages 3+) My Brother’s Shield introduces young readers to Ramadan and fasting as seen through a young child’s eyes; and inspires within them a superhero spirit. A perfect bedtime read for parents and a great addition to your library or classroom.  My Brother’s Shield is the second book in The Adventures of Adam & Anisah series.

Eid Breakfast At Abuela's - Mariam Saad (ages 3+)  Join Sofia and her mom and dad as they spend Eid, the Islamic holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, with her Mexican grandmother.

Ramadan's Coming! - Rabia Bashir (ages 4-8)  A songbook with activities for younger children. Take a peek at families around the world as they prepare for Ramadan, take part in the month’s activities and celebrate Eid!

Ali The Great And The Eid Party Surprise - Saadi Faruqi (grades K-2) Second grader Ali Tahir is excited for the festival of Eid, and looking forward to the family party, but first he has to watch his little brother, Fateh, who is in a very cranky mood and keeps throwing tantrums. This series has 3 other books in it.

Hannah And The Ramadan Gift -Qasim Rashid, Qasim (ages 3-7)  It's the first day of Ramadan and Hannah wants to be a part of this important month every way she can. But if she's too young to fast, how can she observe Ramadan? By saving the world, Dada Jaan tells her. And so Hannah learns that by helping her friends and neighbors and by showing kindness and generosity, she can make the world a better place.

Amira's Picture Day  - Reem Faruqi (ages 4-8)  Amira is excited because tomorrow is Eid with special clothes, treats, gifts, and a morning party at her mosque; but then she realizes that she is going to miss class picture day at school, something she was also looking forward to--so Amira has to figure out a way to be in two places at once.

Like The Moon Loves The Sky - Hena Khan (ages 4-8) A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother's love for her children by the award-winning author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved like the moon loves the sky." With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a parent's unconditional love.

DK Eyewitness: Islam - Philip Wilkerson (ages 8-12)  Discover the faith, culture, and history that have shaped the modern Islamic world.

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