While I am so proud these 600,000 copies of 20 excellent Arabic picturebooks are being distributed across Jordan, I am equally proud that these books can benefit any parent who wants to teach their child Arabic. I have received several messages in the past few days asking where to buy these books, so I am tagging our three Jordanian publishers here who can sell them to you: Majdalawi Masterpieces, Jabal Amman Publishers جبل عمان ناشرون, and Dar Al Yasmine Publishing.
On November 14th, I stood before a crowd of 150 authors, illustrators, publishers, media, and VIPs to present the culmination of a year of extraordinary work. The truth is a good picturebook, where both the text and illustrations equally tell a story, takes not less than 2-3 years to produce. This truth was shattered as we fast-forwarded time to produce 20 excellent Arabic picturebooks in less than one year. When I initially met our 3 publishers to explain this project, they …didn’t really believe me but strangely agreed to join. Maybe it was because sometimes we want to believe in the unbelievable. Maybe we all secretly wanted this project, where these 20 books would be printed into 600,000 copies and distributed for free across the local and refugee children of Jordan, but were too cowardly to believe we could do it. Yet now, after standing there and witnessing the excitement of our team and their families, after seeing the Minister of Education in the front row silently hand-signaling to me asking whether he could come on stage and speak too, and after reading countless thank you notes and FB posts and Whatsapp messages, I have learned something that in my heart I have always known. That a crazy dream, your story, no matter which way you write it, can come true. Thank you Room to Read, Dubai Cares, and the people of Jordan. And to many more outrageous achievements. @ The Children’s Museum Jordan – متحف الأطفال الأردن
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope during this festive time of year that everyone enjoys some holiday spirit and well-deserved time off. I personally always take some time to reflect and think ahead of my goals or resolutions for the New Year.
During the annual CAC Book Fair this month, I was invited again to read my books as an alumni. It was so wonderful to sit again at school and feel the spirit of the students. I read The Magic Palm and The Lion that Dressed as a Sheep, and signed books for students who wanted to buy copies.
Some fun pictures from the day – and Santa riding a camel!
On November 1st, I was invited to read my two new children’s books “The Lion that Dressed as a Sheep” and “The Magic Palm” at Alsson International School. Walking across their huge new campus in New Giza, I was amazed and excited to present my books to grades 1 – 5.
Needless to say, I read to incredible and bright students, who asked thoughtful questions and made insightful remarks like, “Ali found the tree because of his brother” or “The girl didn’t do everything right, but she did the right thing.”
I hope I get the opportunity to visit Alsson school again. A big thanks to Elementary School Principle Mrs. Mona Mourad, and Elementary School Librarian Mrs. Ebtisam.
I am thrilled to announce that my books are not only on Amazon, but also on SOUQ.com! So much easier and more available for all my Egyptian readers! Literally have my books delivered straight to your house.
I am very happy to present my brand new cover for Melouq! Since I first published Melouq, my debut YA novel, I’ve been looking and looking for the perfect cover. I didn’t get it right the first or second time, but maybe I should have known! Third time’s the charm!
This Tuesday the 25th of July was the book signing ceremony of The Lion that Dressed as a Sheep and The Magic Palm! Diwan Maadi was kind enough to host the ceremony. There I met young readers, spoke about my experience in writing, and read sections of each book for the audience.
I am very happy to finally release my third children’s book! The Magic Palm is a short story written with a lot of love about an Egyptian boy who lives on a date farm with his family… and experiences an unexpected bit of magic.