Category Archives: Our Publishing House

Taghreed Najjar Nominated for 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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Nearly 250 children’s book authors from 64 countries are up for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, one of the most prestigious awards for children’s literature worldwide. The candidates were presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 11 by the jury chair Boel Westin. The three Arabophone authors on the list are: Jordanian-Palestinian author […]

‘Koozy’: Etisalat-winner for ‘Best Production,’ A Story of Loss & Cats & Love reviewed by ArabKidLitNow!

ArabKidLitNow recommends Koozy (كوزي), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature in three categories (best book, best illustrations, best production) and won the “best production” prize. This is a story of love and loss, friendship and honoring those who are gone, warmly and richly illustrated by Maja Kastelic. Since kids know better what they like, […]

Watermelon Madness – a Review

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Author: Taghreed al-Najjar Illustrator: Maya Fidawi Translator: Michelle Hartman Translator: Tameem Hartman Review Issue Date: March 1, 2018 Online Publish Date: February 19, 2018 Publisher:CrackBoom! Books Pages: 32 Price ( Hardcover ): $15.95 Publication Date: May 1, 2018 ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-2-9247862-2-2 Category: Fiction Noura loves to eat watermelon all day, every day, but one night she discovers that there is […]

Filling the Gap with Early Readers

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It is always exciting for us as publishers when we launch a new book. Recently, we started a new series for emergent readers (Early Readers) in Arabic which we called “Al Dahnoun Series”. We were responding to feedback from our reader families and schools who felt that there was a gap that needed filling in […]

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 […]

New Established Library Day

Taghreed Najjar presented her latest story book “A Home for Arnoub” which comes with an interactive bilingual CD. The children watched the animated musical story and sang along with sad sad Arnoub and were happy when he finally found a new home with lovely Arnouba. Squeels of excited laughter greeted the mascot Arnoub who surprised […]

Knock….. Knock who’s there?

A Special Ramdan event was held at Hakawati Bookstore and Hamleys. Children and their parents braved the heat wave and  came to listen to Taghreed Najjar read her story ” When the Doorbell Rang” published by Al Salwa Publishing House  and illustrated by Reem Askari. The story is narrated by Nagham who welcomes Ramdan with […]

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 […]