Monthly Archives: July 2010

In Shatilla, Kids Work with Samandal Comic Artists to Learn the Trade

Many cheers for the artists and storytellers at Samandal who took time to work with about 25 budding storytellers, aged 15 to 20, on skills from “character-creation to ink-use, in a project aiming to promote dialogue between different groups.” Continue reading

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Why We Need Better Distribution of Arabic Children’s Books

I was browsing the Raya Agency website (for news about grown-up author Jabbour Douaihy’s June Rain) when I noticed that the agency also represents children’s literature. Continue reading

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Balsam Books’ Recommendations for Young (and Not-as-Young) Readers

My two-year-old certainly seconds the recommendation for Hal Lil Kanghar Aidan Um? While it lacks the internal rhyming of Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? it has a lovely rhythm to it, and can be read again and again.

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If You’re in the Emirates…

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Abjad Arabic Learning Tools Getting a Makeover

Reader Reeshiez recently wrote in, asking if we’d heard what had happened to the Abjad system of learning Arabic for children. Their website is (temporarily, it turns out) out of service, and I myself had noticed that their materials had … Continue reading

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Anna Lindh Foundation Announces New Award for Arabic Children’s Literature

The pioneering Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s literature is not yet two years old, and now the Anna Lindh Foundation has announced its own regional prize for best new unpublished Arabic children’s literature, with a focus on preshoolers (0-5) and … Continue reading

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New Study: Comic Books Particularly Important in Encouraging Boys to Read

I have Arabic comic books  on the brain. And then this morning I saw this, from the Vancouver Sun: Teachers and school boards should embrace comic books and graphic novels as a “gateway” literature, helping children transition towards more complex … Continue reading

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