The celebration of Ramadan is drawing to a close for the millions of Muslim refugees around the world. If you have Muslim friends who are observing, you might want to wish them “Ramadan Mubarak,” meaning blessed Ramadan. This week, Carry the Future will read Lailah’s Lunchbox, a thoughtful story about a child celebrating her first Ramadan.

If you have older children, or want further discussion, make sure to take a look at this helpful Teacher’s Guide. Click below for a virtual storytime:

Discussion Points:

  • Why do you think Lailah didn’t want to tell her class the real reason she didn’t bring lunch?
  • Have you ever felt embarrassed about being different?
  • What are some special holidays or traditions your family celebrates? How would it feel to be the only one in your class who has those holidays?
  • Lailah has so many feelings that are difficult to talk about. Instead, she writes them down. Maybe you have difficult feelings about the Coronavirus or being stuck at home. Try writing or drawing those feelings.


Lailah fasted all day and ate after sundown. The breaking of the fast usually starts with a date and water or juice. It’s then followed by a meal called Iftar.  Make an Iftar meal with your child. For younger children, it can be a simple fruit and date kebab. For older children, research different meals made around the world and make something new for your family.

Ramadan Mubarak!

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