Ramadan Kareem

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From the acclaimed creative team of In My Mosque, M. O. Yuksel and New York Times bestselling illustrator Hatem Aly, comes Ramadan Kareem, a lyrical picture book that celebrates the joys and traditions of the holiday of Ramadan around the world.

Ramadan is here!


Come in and experience the sacred traditions of Ramadan, the month of mercy and blessings, around the world. From waking up early for suhoor and fasting from dawn to dusk, to praying and preparing an iftar meal to be shared, Ramadan is a time of spirituality, gratitude, charity, and empathy for all.

M. O. Yuksel is the award-winning author of In My MosqueOne Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University, and Ramadan Kareem. Of Uzbek heritage, she was born in Türkiye and immigrated to the United States when she was seven. She spent most of her childhood in New York City. Ramadan is her favorite time of year.

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been published all over the world. As a child, he was in charge of preparing apricot juice for iftar and buying yogurt and beans for suhoor. He used to only fast until noon, but as he got older, he was able to fast until sunset. He still makes it to sunset. His illustrations have earned multiple starred reviews and positions on the New York Times bestseller list, including The Proudest Blue (with Ibtihaj Muhammad & S. K. Ali), the Yasmin series (with Saadia Faruqi), and The Inquisitor’s Tale (with Adam Gidwitz). He currently lives in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people.

 A celebratory, tender picture book that reflects how the holy month of Ramadan is honored by Muslims around the world... Yuksel pairs these shared values of Ramadan with culturally specific language for loved ones and foods, reflecting the diversity of the Muslim community... Aly’s illustrations fill each page with colors and patterns that emanate excitement and care as families share meals, visit the market, gather for prayer, prepare donations, cook, and set the table together... A beautiful follow-up to the award-winning collaboration In My Mosque, this book reflects the diversity of Muslim communities around the world while uplifting the shared principles of the holy month of Ramadan. -School Library Journal (starred review)

Yuksel's refreshing take centers children's experiences during Ramadan and the holiday that follows it, Eid al-Fitr. Descriptions of the children's hunger pangs, their relief at breaking their fast, and their gratitude for their blessings perfectly capture their perspective. The author emphasizes sensory experiences, such as the smell of kofta, the sound of the calls to prayers, and the cozy feeling of curling up on Abuela's lap to read the Quran. Aly's cheerful, energetic illustrations pair beautifully with the text to convey the joyous spirit of Ramadan, with bright colors and depictions of Islamic art and architecture. -Kirkus Reviews

"The collaborators behind In My Mosque cross continents and countries to celebrate Ramadan’s joys and traditions in this painstakingly detailed book. Yuksel’s sensate prose conveys specific practices... especially the wait for iftar, while Aly’s energetic illustrations draw on culturally specific Islamic art and architecture, imparting the season’s tenets and its communal feel." -Publishers Weekly

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