Titles to Help Children Understand Social Change and Peaceful Revolution

Egyptian publisher al-Balsam Books has two titles out that speak directly to the changes that have been happening in Egypt since January 25. One is titled نيلسون مانديلا and the other غاندي : حرية الاعتقاد.

According to publisher Balsam Saad, “They both have a mixture of comics, quotes, chronology, facts, besides details of their struggle and life.”

Walid Taher’s النقطة السوداء, published by Egypt’s Dar el Shorouk, also could help children understand and process people getting together to solve a common problem, and could help them continue on the path of creating a better Egypt.

Another title I suggest is the Arabic translation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, published by Asala as لو. In it, the narrator realizes that he must take responsibility for helping the environment.

Many environmental titles could speak to the moment; I previously wrote about environmental books for children for Al Masry Al Youm and, for younger children, I particularly recommend Dar el Shorouk’s البيت الأخضر series, as well as the Farhana book about nature in Egypt, published by Dar Elias.

For older children, Mohammad Makhzangi’s فندق الثعلب , published by Dar el Shorouk, has a wonderful sensitivity to animals, nature, and the role of humans in our environment. It’s also written in Makhzangi’s lovely prose.

If you have other titles for the moment, please let us know!

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2 Responses to Titles to Help Children Understand Social Change and Peaceful Revolution

  1. Andy says:

    Hi Marcia
    Have you seen Bardi’s children’s book ‘El rayyis’? Time for a new edition!

    • mlynxqualey says:

      I have not. New editions all around!

      I was pleased that Egyptian author Khaled al-Berry, in an interview with “The Independent,” mentioned his hopes not just for a freer “literary” literature for grown-ups (in the new era), but also for more and better pop lit and good children’s books.

      I do hope that a “reading revolution” comes along with other changes… Maybe it’s finally time to start up my business of selling children’s books on the metro?

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