#QATARILITMONTH: Inclusion and Empowerment

The Vision of Kholoud Kholoud Abu SharidaFighting darkness with an inclusive vision: Stories of Education City’s blind students It was spring semester when I first met Kholoud Abu Sharida at the Translation and Interpretation Institute library, a young pretty Qatari lady with visual impairment. She was working on her master’s degree thesis at that time when she approached me to assist and guide her for references and online resources needs. We … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Inclusion and Empowerment

#QATARILITMONTH: Children’s Literature and Qatari Heritage

Children in Traditional Qatari Clothes Holding Qatar Flags The Children’s Library is full of books written by local authors, brimming with linguistic, intellectual and literary stories that are appropriate for children of all tastes and maturity levels. These books can help bring joy to children’s souls, shape their personalities, enhance their identities, and enrich their … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Children’s Literature and Qatari Heritage

#QATARILITMONTH: Children’s Literature

The Children's Library At Qatar National Library: Promoting Qatari Children's Literature Qatar National Library is a cultural and educational institution that offers the community diverse programming in all fields as a way to serve Qatari society. The role of the Children's Library is important, as it provides young learners with an inspiring atmosphere that enables … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Children’s Literature

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Temple Alley Summer

Written by award-winning Japanese author Sachiko Kashiwaba, Temple Alley Summer* features not one but two ghost stories. The first is the outer shell in this engrossing middle-grade novel and a fully-fleshed narrative; the other is an embedded fairy-tale fantasy with intriguing connections and parallels to the first. In the “outer” ghost story, Kazu, who is … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Temple Alley Summer

#WorldKidLit Weekend: The Story of the Blue Planet

A Roald Dahlian eco-parable for middle grade readers, The Story of the Blue Planet* takes place on a special, beautiful planet strikingly similar to earth and inhabited only by children. These Peter-Pan-esque protagonists never age and come in all shapes and sizes. Some are “even weird like the child you see in the mirror.” They can … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Weekend: The Story of the Blue Planet

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Caiman

What would you do if you found a baby caiman (a type of alligator)? Would you slip it into your shirt pocket? Unlikely as it seems, that’s what Faoro, a jeweler and watchmaker, did many years ago. The Caiman*, a picture book for ages 5-8, is his story—a real one. Faoro loved animals and let them wander … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Caiman

#WorldKidLit Weekend: The Story of Bodri

An illustrated book for ages 6-10, The Story of Bodri* is based on the experiences of Swedish-Romanian Hédi Fried.  A teenager when she was sent to Auschwitz, author Fried lectures today on racism, democracy, and the Holocaust. She was inspired to write The Story of Bodri when a young attendee at one of her talks asked about … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Weekend: The Story of Bodri

#WorldKidLit Weekend: Ellie’s Voice or Trööömmmpffff

Ellie’s Voice or Trööömmmpffff,* an adorably whimsical Estonian picture book for ages 3-6, is about a seabird named Ellie, who has no voice.  “Everything else has a voice,” Ellie thought sadly. "The trees rustle.  The waves crash. Even the rain sings when it falls."  I’m the only one who can’t make a sound." Ellie felt tears … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Weekend: Ellie’s Voice or Trööömmmpffff

#INTLYALITMONTH: It’s Trevor Noah: Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)

Written by Trevor Noah Publisher: Yearling : An imprint of Random House Children’s Books ISBN-13: 978-0525582199  It’s Trevor Noah’s: Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)  Trevor’s story from his book, Born A Crime, remains the same in the adaption for young readers, but this version makes it more … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: It’s Trevor Noah: Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market & ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat

Imagine a bilingual Richard Scarry Busytown crossed with The Magic School Bus. Mix in Mexican culture with an old-time comics flair. Add several large tablespoons of zaniness and a quart of cleverness… and you’ll still be missing the secret sauce that makes Raúl the Third’s ¡Vamos! picture book series so fabulous.* The first, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market & ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat