Over the weekend, my husband and I took our three year old son Hamza to listen in on what we thought would be a book reading of the Ilyas & Duck series in Mclean, VA. We were blown away by a well executed event that was more than just a book reading. I’d say it was a full on performance with visuals, confetti, costumes, and fun branded snacks. There were activities for the kids in advance of the reading: color your own Ilyas & Duck rocket ship, make your very own button for the little #1 fans to wear, and to continue the momentum, lots of fun visuals.

Omar Khawaja, the author and editor of the Ilyas & Duck series, re-enacted elements of his books and read aloud to a captive audience of toddlers, big kids and parents. He was in full character and enthusiastic (he even broke a chair (unplanned), ha!).

If you haven’t picked up the series for your own home, friends, relatives, or neighbors, you’ll be silly not to. Ilyas and Duck: Search for Allah remains my favorite. We came across the book at our son’s Montessori School for the very first time over the summer and knew it belonged in his collection. What an excellent reminder that God (Allah in Arabic), is all around us. A Zakat Tale, Khawaja’s latest book, reminds the Muslim reader of the importance of Zakat to the life of any Muslim. The detailed visuals were great references even for me. Ilyas and Duck: Fantastic Festival Eid-ul-Fitr makes you appreciate the growing Muslim community around us. Long gone are the days of celebrating Eid with just a handful of family and friends, eidi in an envelope, and returning to school where know one really knew where you were. Here are the days of an Eid celebrated in its full glory, made up of fun, food, festivities, and family.

Don’t know where to find Ilyas & Duck? Be sure to visit the Ilyas & Duck Facebook page and check out amazon.com for copies! http://www.ilyasandduck.com

https://www.amazon.com/Ilyas-Duck-Search-Allah/dp/0985072814 (Ilyas and Duck: Search for Allah)

https://www.amazon.com/Ilyas-Duck-FANTASTIC-FESTIVAL-EID-AL-FITR/dp/0985072849/ref=pd_sim_14_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=26YZJK5REDMXQG6PZJP2 (Ilyas and Duck: Fantastic Festival of Eid-al-Fitr)

(Ilyas and Duck: A Zakat Tale) – not yet available on Amazon.