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June is a month filled with many exciting things from the ending of the school year to things like National Audio Book Month, World Oceans Day and Ramadan. I thought I would take this opportunity, since there is so much fun stuff happening this month, to share resources and books on each of these topics. Enjoy!
Ramadan (June 5th to July 6th)
- Ramandan is the ninth month in the calendar used for Muslim holidays. When it is near, they watch for a new crescent moon.
- The calendar for Muslim holidays follows the moon which means Ramadan starts on a different day every year, and can happen in any season. This year Ramadan falls during summer which is the most challenging season to fast during. The days are very long and hot.
- Caring for the poor is important to Muslims which is one reason why they fast. Fasting helps them understand how people feel when they go hungry.
- The new crescent moon marks the end of Ramadan and that day is called Eid al-Fitr. Muslims clean and decorate their homes and they have a big feast.
Ramadan has some similarities to Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement for Jewish people. Both holidays involve fasting, forgiveness, multiple prayer times, and is based on a lunar calendar.
Pragmaticmom has 16 Wonderful Ramadan Books for Kids of All Ages
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has a Ramadan book-inspired link-up going on as well. Book reviewers can link up their reviews and parents, teachers and librarian can use the ever-growing booklist as a resource.
National Audio Book Month
June is National Audio Book Month! Here are some Audio Books Your Kids Will Love
Live Oak Media has beautiful multicultural audio books for kids. Here is a wonderful and compelling blog post from them on the importance of utilizing audio books for young readers.
Participate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future! It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations.
Becky at Kid World Citizen has some great books about oceans in this booklist.
Summer Reading Recommendations
Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series: Exploring Norse Runemarks
Summer Reading Series-The Great Redwood Tree Booklist
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180 Multicultural Book Ideas ebook to inspired fun Summer Reading!
School will soon be out and our youngsters will settle into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habit to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading.
Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is so I decided to wrap my knowledge of fun kidlit books and activities up with my experience as one of the co-founders of the very successful Multicultural Children’s Book Day and create a unique resource for parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. Reading is important, but so is helping our young readers learn about other cultures, religions and traditions through the pages of these books. Here are some great booklists and resources that I have created over the years at Jump Into a Book that will not only give parents and readers great ideas on diverse kids’ books, but fun activities related to books that will bring stories to life!
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