Not only has the UK awarded me a scholarship to study Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge in 2013, but now I was thrilled to be shortlisted as a finalist for the Social Impact Award in Egypt. It was a wonderful night where we met many talented and hard working people. Thank you so much!
I was so happy to be invited by El Alsson school, New Giza, for two days to read to the American section from grades Pre-K to 5. This time, I read both my English and Arabic books – and really enjoyed the laughter from the little ones and the questions from the older students. Some photos below!
A BIG thank you to Kid’s Bookstore in Shorouk for inviting me this weekend! Discussing books and stories, reading ميلا القطة الجميلة and The Lion that Dressed as a Sheep, and coloring our favorite ice cream flavors was so much fun! Hope to see you all again soon!
It was such a pleasure to be invited to Mum’s Lounge nursery in New Cairo to read my new Arabic children’s book, Mila the Beautiful Cat (2019) ميلا القطة الجميلة. Many children and parents attended, and we had time to discuss the importance of reading and how to encourage children to love learning Arabic. It’s true that now when most media is in English, it is very important to search for quality written content in Arabic to help familiarize children with the Arabic language. Little ones shouldn’t only learn Arabic in an Arabic classroom. There should be a variety of written resources at home that really pull them to enjoy reading.
Enjoy the photos and great reviews below!
Thank you Mum’s Lounge!
We really cannot thank Scoop Empire enough for the wonderful article they have written on our team’s efforts in creating and running Arabic Book A Month.
“With the rise of technology and its evolution, children nowadays have bee missing out on a lot, most importantly, on their own childhood! More smartphones and tablets, less hide and seek, arts and crafts, or hitting the playground. That being said, it’s no surprise that reading is becoming a less popular habit in today’s world as well. Take a second and ask yourself, how often does your kid read? Now take another second and see how many Arabic books does he/she read?
“Knowing that the answers to these questions might be disappointing, Egyptian children’s book Author, Dina El Abd, found the perfect solution; Arabic Book A Month! Lucky for us, we had the chance to have a chitchat with Dina about her startup, the industry, and more.”
It was my pleasure! Read the article here.
This May is already the 9th birthday of Balsam Bookstore, the only specialized Arabic children’s bookstore in Egypt. Egyptians can’t thank Balsam enough for the effort she puts into providing excellent Arabic books for children. It was a day full of storytelling and fun!
Thank you to Al Ahram’s magazine Nsf El Donia for the wonderful article about my work in children’s books with Arabic Book A Month! It is so important to highlight all that is being done to encourage other’s to do more! I was really happy to see the two page spread in their 31 May 2019 magazine edition! Photographed below:
This March, I was really happy to be invited to read my new book Mila the Beautiful Cat/ ميلا القطة الجميلة at the Emirates International Literature Festival, also known as the Dubai Literature Festival!
It was an incredibly well attended and well organized event, with international authors form across the Middle East and beyond. Also, I was happy to moderate a session on the importance of picture books, and to attend the session by Jeff Kinney, author of the famous series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In a nutshell, it was fantastic!
Watch a video of me reading here.
This year, the location of the Cairo International Book Fair was changed from Nasr City to New Cairo. To put it simply, it is a HUGE improvement. I was very impressed with how organized and timely everything was, and how large the collection was. I spent two hours wandering around the fair buying books, but will definitely be back again this weekend!
Yesterday, I visited the American University in Cairo to attend a Storytelling Workshop organized by the University of Glasgow presented by Julie Adams. It was really interesting to hear about different book projects happening in Mexico, Egypt, and Lebanon. Thank you Julie, Dina, Aly, and all others present!
Looking forward to working with them more through IBBY Egypt!