Arabic Literature (in English)

The Egyptian Board on Books for Young People (EBBY) has begun its new life with a talk at Al-Balsam Bookstore in Mohandiseen. Two problem areas were highlighted — the lack of Arabic books for toddlers and for teens:

By Dina ElAbd

unnamed (2) Rania Amin is talking with her hands. Photo credit: Balsam Saad.

Last Saturday November 15, 2014, Al-Balsam Bookstore hosted an inspiring talk on Egyptian children’s literature, titled “EBBY Seminar: EBBY a Home for Everyone Working on Children’s Culture in Egypt.” It truly was a room you wanted to be in, and not just because of the charm of Balsam’s cozy bookshop and the enthusiastic writers and publishers and nonstop conversation.

The speakers were: Dr. Yasmine Motawy, faculty member at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and children’s literature scholar, Dr. Shahira Khalil, Editor-in-Chief of Samir Magazine for children, and Rania Hussein Amin, well-known children’s writer and illustrator, author of the…

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