As parents, we all know how important it is to read to our children from a young age.
I am always on the lookout for new titles that will interest both my girls, so we can read together. Because the girls are aged 2 and 4, I need to choose books that can be enjoyed by both ages. And, we move house often so I prefer to choose e-books as opposed to the regular paper books. But something I’ve noticed when looking for books is the lack of Muslim characters and Islamic stories.
Alhamdulillah, I was recently introduced to the author Shoohada Khanom. She has teamed up with some amazing illustrators to create a range of beautiful children’s books with Islamic roots and Muslim characters.
We chose to read Kamillah the Butterfly. Kamillah is a caterpillar that is going through the transitioning to become a butterfly. She expresses emotions throughout the story like confusion, sadness and happiness that children can relate to. And concludes the story by accepting that Allah creates everyone in different shapes, sizes and colours.
This book was a great option for both the girl’s age groups. It was brightly coloured and illustrated in a way that was eye-catching for my 2-year-old. And the sentences were not complex so miss 4, who is learning to read could follow along as I read.
There are 3 other Islamic children’s books by Shoohada Khanom and they are all available on Amazon! Click the links to read more about the stories.
Sitting down and reading a book with my children is the perfect way for us to wind down before bed. When is your favourite time to read with your children? Share in the comments.