Author Archives: Taghreed Najjar

Why do kids love scary stories?

By Taghreed Najjar Many children love horror stories, the scarier the better. Folk tales in all cultures deal with scary subjects. One of the most familiar source of scary stories are  the Grimm Brothers who in their Fairy tales managed to bring out many of the subconscious fears of children to the foreground. Children’s fear […]

The story behind “Grandma Nafeesa”

The story of a special and different Grandma was in my “ideas” file for a long time. I would go back to it every now and then, tweak it here, tweak it there and then would leave it to move to something else. The book came to life again when we were moving to our […]

The importance of role play

Vrooooooooom! Vrooom! shouted Tarek while running around the house with outstretched arms. “I am an airplane! Vrooooooooom! Vrooom!” We all remember similar anecdotes in our children’s lives. Sometimes we would think our children’s role play is funny and amusing; while other times we would complain about how noisy undisciplined our children are and get angry […]

Al Salwa’s “Classics” get a new look

The first series of books I wrote was “Best Friends’ series” which consisted of 12 story books. This was in the late 80’s early 90’s. I wrote the books while teaching the first grade in a local private school (ANS). Every couple of weeks I would illustrate a story in coloring book style and print […]