Monthly Archives: October 2012

Syraj 20% Sale: Books, DVDs, and Music Recommended By My Children

The North American distributor Syraj.Com is having a big sale. I’m sure this sounds like an advertisement, and I’m sorry for that, but I don’t know of other distributors of Arabic children’s literature and games in North America. They don’t … Continue reading

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Dar al-Saqi Launches ‘Saqi Kids’

Last week, the Lebanese publishing house Dar al Saqi launched a “Saqi Kids” website.  It seems to be still under construction — at this point, they mostly have listings of their books, separated into “children” and “teens.” There are still … Continue reading

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Farhana as an App?

I am being left hopelessly in the dust as I lack an iPad or iPhone, or other device on which to experience digital children’s books:  I saw the following about Egypt’s Sascha Books: The company also hopes to bring other … Continue reading

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Read This Blog Instead

Kel Shahr Kteib ( is a new bilingual blog, in Arabic and English, about Arabic children’s literature, written by Susanne Abou Ghaida.  Abou Ghaida writes: “I also hope that in your own exploration of the world of Arabic children’s book, … Continue reading

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Two Arabic-writing Authors Nominated for 2013 Astrid Lindgren Award

Also in Frankfurt this week, the chair of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury announced that 207 candidates from 67 countries had been nominated for the 2013 award. This includes many old favorites, such as the author/illustrator Eric Carle, as well … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Etisalat Prize-shortlisted Authors, Illustrators, and Publishers!

It’s been embarrassingly long since I’ve updated this blog — and the longer one goes without updating a blog the harder it gets to come back to it — but I couldn’t stay silent today. I am first tremendously proud … Continue reading

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