Monthly Archives: September 2010

To Tashkeel or Not to Tashkeel…

Recently, a friend of mine posted on the Shorouk Kids (Dar el Shorouk) Facebook page, asking why the publisher had foregone tashkeel in a number of their books. Continue reading

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New Wheelchair-bound, Muslim Superhero Will Arrive First in Syria

A month ago, U.S. philanthropist and businessman Jay Snyder flew 12 disabled Americans to Damascus to meet a group of disabled young Syrians, according to The Associated Press. One of their main goals was to come up with ideas and story lines for a new superhero. Continue reading

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Contest Call: Best Books for Children with Special Needs | دعوة : أفضل كتاب قصصي للأطفال ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة

The Anna Lindh Foundation has just announced the first regional book competition in support of children with special needs. Continue reading

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Fatima Sharafeddine Meet-the-author Date Changed to October 2

For those rearranging their schedules to meet award-winning children’s book author Fatima Sharafeddine (me! my kids!), please note that the event is now on October 2 at 7 p.m. Continue reading

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Illustrator Mohamed Sami: With Children, You Must Pay Attention to the Details

In a (planned) series of interviews with Arabic children’s book authors and illustrators, I decided to start with professional illustrator and aspiring author Mohamed Sami, who has illustrated—among other things—the عالم سمسم book أين ذاهب القمر؟, part of the مفتش فلفل series. Continue reading

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Where to Get Arabic Children’s Literature If You Live in the U.S.

An ArabLit reader in Tallahassee, Fla. recently asked me for Arabic kids-book suggestions. I’ve tried to come up with a few options; please post your ideas below. Continue reading

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Why Repetition Builds Your Toddler’s Brain and How to Apply This to Reading in Arabic

What works in exercising your body also works in exercising your mind… Continue reading

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