WHAT SHOULD I BUY?
Friends and family always ask me the same questions: "What books should I buy for my child/cousin/niece/nephew? Where do I find them? Are they good? I feel like Arabic children's books are weaker than English ones. Where can I find good Arabic books that will actually make my child WANT to read in Arabic?"
Arabic Book A Month was made precisely to respond to this problem. Our customers are the men and women who invest in their families. They believe that providing their child with a quality education is the best gift they can give them. They value the time spent reading together, sparking discussion and connection. Their family is their highest priority. Caring for their child is not circumstantial; it is routine.
HOW DO WE GIVE BACK?
At Arabic Book A Month, we believe in the power of good books to bring a child solace, even in the most difficult of times. Therefore, we donate books annually to underprivileged children, leveling the playing field, and giving everyone a chance to read a good book.
We donate annually to Room to Read whose mission is to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. We at Arabic Book A Month are happy to donate annually to support our mutual missions. You can find out more about our founder's work with Room to Read on the About page. Learn more about Room to Read at their website: www.roomtoread.org and by watching their video here.
Dina Elabd is a children's author and critic, and the founder of Arabic Book A Month. For over ten years, she has worked in children's book publishing, presented at conferences, and contributed to the production of over 35 books and magazines. Dina has also completed a Masters of Education at the University of Cambridge specializing in Critical Approaches to Children's Literature.
In 2017, Dina led a one million dollar project with Room to Read to publish 20 quality Arabic children's books in Jordan, which were printed into 600,000 copies and distributed for free to underprivileged and refugee children. She personally coordinated between publishers, authors, and illustrators to produce an unparalleled set of Arabic picturebooks. You can learn more at https://www.roomtoread.org/jordan.
Dina has published three children's books, with her fourth coming out soon. Her titles include Melouq (2016), The Lion that Dressed as a Sheep, The Magic Palm (2017), and Mila, The Beautiful Cat "ميلا القطة الجميلة" (Asala Publishing, 2018). She regularly reads and gives workshops at schools, and enjoys her interactions with students. You can learn more about her work on her website here.