With Hajj and Eid ul Adha right around the corner we’ve been reading a lot of picture books at home to learn more about these holy days and the rites of Hajj. I’ve built up quite the collection over the past 12 years for my children and I’m going to share more about each book below, in no particular order.
HAJJ KIDS BOOKS
A Little Tree Goes For Hajj, by Eman Salem.
This is the story about a little tree who has always wanted to go for Hajj. Allah answers his prayers when he meets a man in the forest who takes him there!
Hajj Stories, by Anita Ganeri
This is a collection of stories about the Prophet Ibrahim. It includes the story of Ibrahim, Hajar, Ismail, and the Hajj pilgrimage along with a fun Eid sweet box craft at the end.
Yan’s Hajj The Journey of a Lifetime, by Fawzia Gilani
This story is about a man named Yan, who every time he saves up enough money to go for Hajj he ends up spending it in charity. When he becomes elderly he is finally able to make Hajj with the help of all those whom he helped before.
Going to Mecca, by Na’ima B. Robert
This is a lovely book with poetic words and beautiful textured paper collage illustrations. It depicts the journey of Hajj starting from people’s home until the end when they are welcomed back.
Zakariya’s Umrah, by Fatima Hart
This is a fun rhyming book for younger children that follows the Umrah journey from the perspective of a young boy. Children can learn the steps of Hajj while learning about all the different things they’ll see along the way.
Adventures of Imam Adam, by Danny Sakoj
This is a fun adventure book following Imam Adam from his home to the Kabah in Mecca. He faces many challenges along the way but remembers the 5 pillars of Islam as he goes.
The Builder of the Kabah, Quran Stories for Little Hearts
This book tells the story of how Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was commanded to build the Kabah with his son Isma’il, and how he was commanded to call everyone to make pilgrimage there.
We’re off to Make Umrah, by Sana Munshey
This is a rhyming book with beautiful illustrations depicting the journey of a boy who makes Umrah with his family. It is one of our favourite Hajj related books!
The Story of Ibrahim, by Learning Roots
This is a great book in their Prophets story series that teaches about the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). It includes comprehension questions through the story to get young learners thinking about everything they’ve read and learned.
Tell Me About Hajj, by Saniyasnain Khan
This is not a picture book but it is a great resource for older children who want to learn about Hajj more in depth.
EID UL ADHA KIDS BOOKS
The Colours of My Eid, by Suzanne Muir
This book is about a little girl who goes through her Eid day and different colours remind her about the Hajj journey she completed with her family the previous year.
Hamza Learns About Eid-ul-Adha, by Asia Chaudhry
A humorous story about Hamza and his misunderstanding about the sacrifice that Ibrahim (AS) was commanded to do by God. Hamza’s older brother quickly clears up the misunderstanding and Hamza once again gets excited about Eid!
The Best Eid Ever, by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Aneesa is celebrating her Eid day with her grandmother while her parents are away making Hajj. She receives 3 outfits, one for each of the 3 days of Eid. After meeting two girls at Eid prayer, and with her parents away, she realizes that this Eid will be a little bit different, but definitely the best Eid ever.
Peg + Cat The Eid al-Adha Adventure, by Jennifer Oxley + Billy Aronson
This story follows the adventure of Peg + Cat and their friends Yasmina and Amir. It is full of lessons on giving as well as math concepts such as Less and More, and fractions. (Note: This book does contain string instruments)
Are there any Hajj or Eid ul Adha books that you’re currently enjoying with your kids right now? Share them in the comments below so we can all check them out :). How do you make Islamic days and celebrations special in your home?