#QATARILITMONTH: MOSQUES OF QATAR-PART TWO

Mosques of Qatar: Beyond Places of Worship Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Cultural Center (Fanar) The Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center is also known as “Fanar” or Qatar Islamic Culture Center. This landmark is a cultural organization in Doha, located close to the Corniche and easily seen by its spiral minaret. Moreover, … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: MOSQUES OF QATAR-PART TWO

#QATARILITMONTH: Skyscrapers and Artificial Islands in Qatar

"Beauty At First Sight" Skyline of Doha The year 2005, when I set foot in Qatar, was a turning point in my life. That was the moment I saw the beautiful architecture that saturated my soul and nourished my ideas at the College of Architecture. I have not forgotten when I went with my husband … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Skyscrapers and Artificial Islands in Qatar

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Do Animals Fall in Love?

Did you know that male pufferfish carve intricate designs into the sand to attract a female? Or that swifts mate in midair? Or that brown hares can have two pregnancies at the same time? You’ll find these fascinating facts—and plenty more—between the covers of Do Animals Fall in Love? A 142-page illustrated nonfiction book aimed at … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Do Animals Fall in Love?

#QATARILITMONTH: The Heritage Library at Qatar National Library

Treasures of the Arabic and Islamic Worlds at Qatar National Library The Heritage Library’s location at the heart of Qatar National Library reflects its important role as the guardian of the nation’s history and heritage. The extensive collection of heritage and historical materials traces scientific, artistic, social and economic development throughout the Arab and Islamic worlds. It also highlights the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: The Heritage Library at Qatar National Library

The Booktrekker: Iran

READ There were so many books by Iranian authors I could have read for this blog post that I had a hard time choosing just one. I finally decided to do something completely different and read a graphic novel, written in comic book form. The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, is a largely autobiographical tale of … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Iran

#INTLYALITMONTH: That’s a wrap!

I cannot believe we have arrived at the end of the first ever International Young Adult Month! It’s been truly an honor to be the first guest editor of #IntlYALitMonth by the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative. It’s been an eye-opening experience for me as I have learned so much about international translated Young Adult Literature … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: That’s a wrap!

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country

Did you know that the first human beings to walk this earth were African? They went on to populate the whole planet. So we are all from Africa, originally! Did you know that Africa is gigantic? It is as big as Europe, the USA, Mexico, India and Japan all put together! Did you know that … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country

#INTLYALITMONTH: We’ll Soon Be Home Again

Written By: Jessica Bab Bonde, Illustrated by: Peter Bergting Translation: Jessica Bab Bonde & Sunshine Barbito Lettering: Kathryn Renta ISBN: 978-1-50671-549-0 Publisher: Originally published in Sweden by Natur & Kultur, 2018, published in English by Dark Horse Books, 2020. Buy it here. We’ll Soon Be Home Again, is a graphic novel #ownvoices collection of stories … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: We’ll Soon Be Home Again

#INTLYALITMONTH: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

I Am Malala: Young Reader's Edition Written by Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick Published by: Little Brown Books For Young Readers ISBN: 9780316327916 Malala Yousafzai is a household name nowadays, more commonly known by her first name like Cher or any number of pop stars. But Malala started out as just a normal girl in … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

#INTLYALITMONTH: No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference

Written by: Greta Thunberg ISBN: 978-0-593-29497-0 Publisher: Penguin Random House Buy it here It’s August 2018, and 15-year-old Greta Thunberg from Stockholm Sweden decided it was time to make a call of action about climate change and its effects in the world and our daily lives. Greta began her school strike outside the Swedish Parliament … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference