First Online Course! How to Write a Picturebook in Arabic

I am so happy to have uploaded my first course online, How to Write a Picturebook, delivered in Arabic alongside Egyptian children’s book author and illustrator, Rania Amin. The content provided includes 183 minutes of video, including some live footage from the workshops completed in March 2020. Also, there are presentations and workshop booklets attached as PDFs for the reader.

To watch an Instagram Live Video between Rania and myself describing the course, please head to Arabic Book A Month’s Instagram here.

To sign up for the course, please click here.

Qatar Foundation Virtual Storytime

I’m really excited to be working with the Qatar Foundation International QFI to bring storytime to students virtually. QFI supports over 50 USA, UK, and Canada based schools that have Arabic language programs. I am really happy to be able to read to them some fun books in English and Arabic.

You can visit QFI’s website here to learn more about the read alouds!

COVID-19 Response

The world is facing a critical situation in responding to the outbreak of COVID-19, so I believe that each person has to do their part to be responsible and keep the world safe.

My company, Arabic Book A Month, is proud to be have made changes to adapt to the situation and keep all of our employees and customers safe. Initially, all of our employees are working from home, and our fulfillment centers in the USA and Egypt are still operating with strict hygiene measures. All your subscription and store orders will still be delivered on time, though our events and future workshops are on hold. We have also helped donate masks to hospitals in dire need.

On a personal level, to still promote the importance of reading, I have been really happy to offer free reading sessions and LIVE FB sessions to promote the importance of reading. 

Watch the videos below:

Writer’s Workshop: How to Write a Picturebook!

Our team at Arabic Book A Month is extremely pleased with the results of our first Writer’s Workshop: How to Write a Picturebook.

Initially proposing 20 spots for the workshop, these were quickly sold out, so we decided to open 15 more spots. Hence, we had 35 participants split in two workshops: SODIC Sheikh Zayed and KMT Maadi. 

The workshop was led by author Dina Elabd, author Rania Amin, and Arabic language editor Dr. Ali Abdelazim.

Of the 35 writers who attended the workshop, 23 submitted stories. 4 stories were selected by 3 of our 6 publishers. The publishers that participated were:  Dar El Shorouk, Wafaii IHCI, Balsam, Boustany, Aliaa, and Nahdet Misr.  

A big congratulations to our newly published authors and their stories:

  • فريد by Emma Greiche
  • قبعة أورانجو المستحيلة by Basma Jaheen
  • محشي وحشي وعو by Yosra Sultan
  • شادي و الذبادي by Marwa Kasem

For those interested in learning how to write a picturebook, our booklet is available for purchase in EN and AR here.

For those interested in one-on-one book coaching with Dina Elabd, please click here.

Speaking on the radio 105.3 Nagham FM

I’ve never been on the radio before! So, I was thrilled to be invited by the beautiful Mai Anwar on her show “Family” Mondays-Wednesdays 3-4 pm, where we discuss important topics for parents and families. I was given the opportunity to speak about the importance of reading and how to pick a good Arabic book for children. Thank you, Mai!