Eid Al Adha is today and our house is a buzz with excitement.
I just completed a story time for our local library about hajj and what Eid Al Adha means to the 1.75 billion Muslims worldwide. As a professional storyteller, one of my favorite parts of the job is sharing my collection of diverse children’s books.
I wanted to show some of the books I took with me that teach about Eid Al Adha, the Islamic festival that honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham (pbuh) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command.
A Little Tree Goes for Hajj by Eman Salem
The little tree has always wanted to travel, especially to Mecca, to perform Hajj (an Islamic religious pilgrimage). But how can he travel when his roots are in the ground? Find out how his dream comes true, and he makes the journey of a lifetime. “A Little Tree Goes for Hajj” is an ideal education tool to introduce the Hajj to children who are learning about important rituals in different world religions; includes a glossary with short definitions and explanations for readers unfamiliar with Hajj.
Eid al-Adha by Grace Jones
Covers Islam, the story of Eid al-Adha, The Hajj, prayer and worship, gifts and charity, festive food, and more.
Eid Al-Adha (Celebrations in My World) by Robert Walker
One of the most important days of the Muslim calendar, people mark the occasion with a feast shared with people in their community. This fascinating book highlights the customs of this special religious holiday, including the clothing, prayers, food, and gifts.
Going to Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert
“Come with the pilgrims as they set out on a journey, a journey of patience to the city of Mecca.” We are led on the journey of a lifetime to the city of Mecca – the pilgrimage known to Muslims as the Hajj. The pilgrims walk with heads bare and feet in sandals; they call to Allah; they kiss or point to the Black Stone, as the Prophet did. Arriving at Mecca, they surge round the Ka’aba, shave their heads and travel to Mount Arafat. Finally, though their bodies are tired and aching, their spirits are uplifted, knowing that with thousands of others they have performed the sacred pilgrimage. This is a window on to a sacred journey for Muslims the world over – beautifully described and illustrated for younger children.
The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
It is laid down in the Qur’an that at least once in their lives Muslims should undertake the annual spiritual pilgrimage—the Hajj—to the holy city of Mecca. There, within a sanctuary, lies the Ka’ba—a cube of black granite that is the literal center of a Muslim’s world and the compass point towards which daily prayers are made. This striking little book not only takes the reader on a journey, but celebrates the skill and creativity of artists, craftspeople, and the pilgrims themselves who have responded to the call of Hajj over the centuries.
The Sheltered Quarter: A Tale of a Boyhood in Mecca by Hamza Bogary
Hamza Bogary describes a bygone way of life that has now irreversibly disappeared. He speaks of life in Mecca before the advent of oil. Only partly autobiographical, the memoir is nevertheless rich in remembered detail based on Bogary’s early observations of life in Mecca. He has transformed his knowledge into art through his sense of humor, empathy, and remarkable understanding of human nature. This work not only entertains; it also informs its readers about the Arabia of the first half of the twentieth century in a graphic and fascinating way. The narrator, young Muhaisin, deals with various aspects of Arabian culture, including education, pilgrimages, styles of clothing, slavery, public executions, the status of women, and religion. Muhaisin is frank in his language and vivid in his humor. The reader quickly comes to love the charming and mischievous boy in this universal tale.
We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah by Sana Munshey
Discover the joys of ‘Umrah when a brother and sister travel with their parents to the city of Mecca and perform this sacred ritual for the very first time. Includes a poster and paper dolls to enact performing ‘Umrah!
Who Hid The Eid Lamb by Taghreed Najjar
Who Hid the Eid Lamb is an Arabic children’s story book about the Eid Al Adha. Grandmother Fatoum tells her grandchildren how as a child she got attached to the lamb meant for the Eid sacrifice. The story is retold in flashback and set in a Palestinian village. The illustrations show the beautiful embroidered dresses of the village women folk and help transport the children to another time and place.