Books to Read this Ramadan – For Young Readers

Books to Celebrate Ramadan (1)

A few years ago, a parent approached me at the library, asking if we had books on Eid or Ramzaan. She wanted to read it to her child’s class. We had two books with us – Ismat’s Eid and Ramadan Moon. While I love these two books for the stories and the representations of the celebration, I wished we had more books. I wished for a collection of books that spoke about a practice, faith, belief, culture, celebration not just to those of us who did not know enough or wanted to know more, but books that could also speak to those who follow the beliefs and practices, or belong to the faith, or know more. Over the last few years, I have been reading and collecting books about Ramadan – books that represent crucial elements of the faith and its practices beautifully and respectfully, books and stories that are mindful about not essentializing, or reifying stereotypes, books that showcase the diversity of Muslim life across the world. Here’s a list of books that are perfect for talking about, introducing, understanding and celebrating Ramadan (Most links in the post take you to the author’s website or to an Indie Book Seller). 

Ismat’s Eid


|Author : Fawzia Gilani Williams | Illustrator : Proiti Roy |

Adapted from a Turkish tale, Ismat’s Eid is delightfully humorous picture book that is ultimately about family, affection and celebration. It’s Eid… Ismat buys his family special gifts, and a new pair of trousers for himself but they are just too long! A long pair can always be cut short and that’s where the story starts.

Yo Soy Muslim, A Father’s Letter to His Daughter


|Author : Mark Gonzales | Illustrator : Mehrdokht Amini |

Yo Soy Muslim.
I am from Allah, Angels,

And a place almost as old as time.
I speak Spanish, Arabic,
And dreams….

Muslim and Latino poet Poet Mark Gonzales’ words in verse and Mehrdokht Amini vibrant illustrations are a celebration of identity and relationships. Written as a letter from a father to his daughter, Yo Soy Muslim lovingly highlights the diversity of the Muslim community and the world to her. The book speaks directly to the Muslim child…This book is not about but for them. 

Ramadan Moon


|Author : Na’ima B. Robert | Illustrator : Shirin Adl |

Ramadan, the month of fasting
Doesn’t begin all at once
It begins with a whisper
And a prayer 
And a wish

Ramadan Moon is stunning picture book – in both its visual and its narrative. Told in the first person, it captures the wonder and delight of the celebration of a special month  that culminates with Eid-ul-Fitr. all through the eyes of a little girl. This book is a wonderful introduction to the meaning and practice of Ramadan.

Ramadan Around the World


|Author : Ndaa Hassan | Illustrator : Azra Momin |

Ramadan Around the World, showcases how various cultures around the world celebrate this important month. The book brings together customs and traditions observed by children and families from different parts of our world. Also, do check out the link to the book for some really cool activities .

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets, a Muslim Book of Shapes


|Author : Hena Khan | Illustrator : Mehrdokht Amini |

Juxtaposing geometric shapes on concepts, objects and architecture from Islamic faith and practices, this book brings for its readers, the significance of each in Muslim life. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes is magic and joy!

Muezza and Baby Jaan, Stories from the Quran


|Author : Anita Nair | Illustrator : Harshad Marathe|

This collection of stories from Quran for children (and grown ups!) opens up a wealth of wisdom and teaching.  The unlikely pair, a djinn in the form of a baby camel and the Prophet s favourite cat, Baby Jaan and Muezza, come together to bring for young readers mesmerizing tales, and the “wonder of rare, enlightening nuggets of Islamic lore”.  Author Anita Nair writes this book with great care and research. And we really did appreciate her for bringing us this book!

Lailah’s Lunchbox


|Author : Reem Faruqi | Illustrator : Lea Lyon |

This book has been called by many as solid addition for libraries in need of modern Ramadan stories” . Lailah has moved to a new school in a new country far away from her home. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her new friends won’t understand. Encouraged by her librarian, she writes about her feeling, sharing her beliefs and culture with her new friends.

Night of the Moon


|Author : Hena Khan | Illustrator : Julie Paschkis|

Along with the book Ramadan Moon (mentioned above), Night of the Moon beautifully illustrate the traditions ofRamadan. The month that begins for Muslims all over the world with the sighting of the Moon’s first crescent.  Seven-year-old Yasmeen, watches every night as the moon grows and shrinks and finally disappears, only to reappear and then its time to celebrate “Chaand Raat” (The Night of the Moon).

Owl and Cat…Ramadan is…


|Author : Emma Apple | 

This picture book follows Owl & Cat, and their family and friends as they celebrate the 30 days of the Islamic month of fasting…Ramadan and the accompanying traditions.

The Little Girl says Alhamdulillah


|Author : Rabia Gelgi | 

What a beautiful little picture about being grateful for all that we have on this world. This little certainly thinks so! She goes about her day in gratitude, saying “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to God) for the littlest joys that she encounters.

*This picture book is available online as a e-book.

Going to Mecca


|Author : Na’ima B Robert| Illustrator : Valentina Cavallini |

With stunning mixed media illustrations and a lyrical text,  this book offers a window on to a sacred journey for Muslims the world…Hajj. This is a great introduction to the religious practices and the deeper meaning of Hajj to young children as well as adults. Like all her books this one is absolutely beautiful.






Rabani Garg has over 10 years of experience in designing and conducting literacy projects for schools, communities, and libraries in India. As an editor of Thinkling, an Indian children’s magazine she co-founded, she was involved in creating a literacy resource that focussed on encouraging linguistic, literary and cultural pluralism. Currently at University of Pennsylvania, she studies issues of diversity, representations and power structures in language, literature and media and its impact on learners.









Reading Caterpillar Library- Moving On and Exciting New Beginnings

As we step into a new decade, we would like to share a few memories with you, thank you all for being an integral part of the Reading Caterpillar Library and Community over the last ten years and share some news with you.

 Reading Caterpillar, a library for children opened in early 2009. It was born out of a need for a library and reading space for young children and a passion to bring young children and books together. What began as a small group of young book lovers, grew quickly into a wonderfully lively and eclectic community of children, parents, caregivers, authors, storytellers, illustrators and artists. More than 1000 families have been part of the library – borrowing and browsing books, attending library programs, author or artist interactions and volunteering at the library.

March 2009: Our First Space – Rabani’s Second Floor Barsati. Our First set of Books. The lovely Daniela Montes who was the part of the first team Reading Caterpillar; a phenomenal artist, she helped bring books and the art together. And don’t miss our first ever book shelf- The Hut!!


August 2009: Pictures from our open house in Reading Caterpillar’s new home. This beautiful barsati in Nizamuddin West, New Delhi is where we lived for 10 Years! Navroop, friend, co-resident and artist, showed us how there was beauty in everything!

Poh Si Teng and Mayank Misra very graciously welcomed our members with their music at the open house (Here reading Adisini by Risa (then) 5 years old 🙂

 Working in close collaboration with our young members, the caregivers who accompanied young children and the wonderful book people – authors, illustrators and publishers, has made this an incredibly enriching journey for all of us at Reading Caterpillar. We have worked with schools, nonprofits and different communities. Over the years, some really fantastic people have been a part of Reading Caterpillar, guiding us, working with us and contributing immensely to all the work we did . A big Thank You once again!! To all the children…you made it all worth it! We believe that children’s literature is one of the first and perhaps the most influential texts that introduces a child to the world outside, and libraries bring the world to them. We worked hard to create a bright and welcoming space that focused on the needs of children and young adults.


Prerna Sood, parent, architect, friend of Reading Caterpillar conducting one of the many workshops

And the one thing that we have always wanted for Reading Caterpillar is for it to be an inclusive space, accessible to all. We are very happy to share we found the right avenue that allows for us to be just that. The Community Library Project (TCLP) believes all people should have access to books. They are a low-cost, citizen-driven initiative and are committed to the work of building the movement for a publicly owned, free library system that is accessible to all. Their new library is opening soon at South Ext., New Delhi, and this is where you will find all of Reading Caterpillar resources. The library made an adventurous journey to its new home! Things moved for the first time in ten years and made their way down the winding staircase 🙂 !! 


2019: Getting ready for the move. Our landlady of ten years came to say goodbye and good luck. Happy Faces everywhere!! That’s Arti Karotiya with her portrait made by a young member. 


Happiness is a shelf full of books! Thank you for the notes and the gifts!

We bid adieu to your old home, and have to admit continue to feel nostalgic about the wonder years we spent there. But we are thrilled to be a part of this incredible library movement through TCLP, and are extremely proud of the work that the team TCLP does. We could not be happier about this decision and our hope is that you will join in the movement too!ay to the new TCLP in South Ext. I


Welcoming smiles great our arrival as the young members and Team TCLP help with the move in. 

Reading Caterpillar will continue to exist in the virtual space, and you can find us on Facebook, Instagram and our blog where we will continue to talk about Children’s and young adult literature, media and culture. We will be sharing book recommendations across different age groups, focus on books for young people that are social justice oriented, highlight books that tell stories from a perspective that is often silenced. In all this we hope to have you join in the conversation!


Instagram: @readingcaterpillarlibrary

Facebook: Reading Caterpillar Library 

See you all soon,

Team Reading Caterpillar









WEEKEND POETRY with Samina Mishra 

Workshop For Children

This 2-day poetry workshop for children focuses on two key ideas – self-expression and rhythm. The workshop uses playful word exercises to understand sounds and syllables as the basis of rhythm in poetry, and encourages children to write from their own experiences and context. The workshop also includes reading and discussing different kinds of poems to understand the ways in which words create rhythm, and how imagery and metaphor form the basis of the poetic imagination.

Age group: 9-12 years Date: Nov 24 & 25 Time: 11 am-1 pm

Fees: INR 2000 

Venue: Reading Caterpillar Library, F-24 2nd Floor Nizamuddin West, New Delhi – 13


For Registrations call on +91 99536 37995 

Weekend Poetry with samina mishra |

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About the Workshop Facilitator

Samina Mishra is a documentary filmmaker, writer and teacher based in New Delhi, with a special interest in media for and about children. She is currently teaching the International Baccalaureate Film programme at Pathways School Noida and collaborating on Torchlight, a web journal on libraries and bookish love. She is also the Curator of Half Ticket, the children’s section at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. 

More information about Samina can be found on:

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Discovery Series -Malala Yousafzai

Come to the first of our #DiscoverySeries where we discover people, places, communities, music and art through books, stories and conversations. On the occasion of World Peace Day, 21st September 2018 join Rituparna Ghosh as she embarks on a discovery trail to know Malala Yousafzai through books and stories *

Open to All who love good stories and conversations.


Register for the event by filling the form:

11:30 am onwards
F-24, 2nd Floor
Nizamuddin West
#‭+91 99536 37995‬

*The event won’t cover an entire performance, however she will perform excerpts from her story.

The World’s Greatest Superheroes!


Like Stories? StoryTellers? SuperHeroes? Celebrations? You are in for a surprise! 

Come join us this Saturday, 1st September for a special ‘Pay with a Book’ Event! We would love a book contribution from you for the library. You can get your favorite or get us one from our wish list. Click here

Call us or email at to register. 



Reading Caterpillar Toddler Book Club starts on 23rd February

The art and book club for Toddlers (18 months to 3 years) starts on 23rd February and will meet on Thursdays till the last week of April. 


The series ‘Celebrate Art and Imagination‘ will explore books that excite visual imagination and visual experience. The art activity will focus on process not product. Illustrations are an integral part of children’s books, it is the visual that first attracts a child to the book. For this book and art club, the book list will include works of some of the most creative author/artists like Eric Carle, Leo Lioni , Petr Horacek. For us at Reading Caterpillar, art in children’s books has always been an important criteria for selecting a book. This time at the book club we have selected books that are a visual treats enabling us to create projects where children can explore multiple mediums. focusing on activities that particularly tap into their visual, tactile, and creative sensibilities

This book club will be led by Prerna Sood. Prerna is an architect by profession. In her free time she loves to work on different art projects with her kids, where they can explore multiple mediums. She runs a private architecture practice nilaA with her husband Nishant, out of their design studio in New Delhi.


This is an accompanied group, a parent or a caregiver- the child is comfortable must accompany the child. The session starts at 10.30 am, please do be on time, so that your child has time to settle down . You are more than welcome to drop in 10-15 minutes early. Please do dress the children in old clothes as we will be doing projects using paints. It is always nice when children bring in their books to share, if you like you can bring it in the first session and leave it with us so we can bring out each child’s book one by one during the sessions (Do write their names). 

 The Schedule is :

Thursdays @ 10.30 to 11.30 am



Feb 23rd


Mar 2nd


Mar 9th


Mar 16th



April 6th


April 13th


April 20th


April 27th

The fee for this term is Rs.6000.  Email ( if you would like to join in the upcoming sessions .