Last night, when Al Hayah Academy opened its new library (and a lovely library it is), I was surprised and pleased to find a corner with books and materials from Al-Balsam Bookstore.
Generally, bookstores, publishers, and children’s-book authors seem to stay safely ensconced indoors. I did see one Dar Elias stand out at the Korba Festival (two years ago?) and, really, the children couldn’t have been more delighted.
If we’re going to increase reading, and the enjoyment of Arabic children’s literature, then we need to stage more readings and book events out and about: at schools, at Al Azhar Park and other parks, at community events, at children’s birthday parties (better than those weird figures with the giant heads, right?), and wherever children gather.