Three Kalimat Books Make 2012 IBBY Honour List

Sharjah: Three books published by Kalimat Publishing, the Sharjah-based publisher of high quality Arabic books for children, have been selected for the 2012 International Board on Books for Young People’s (IBBY) Honour List.

The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries.

The Honour List was announced at the 33rd IBBY Congress that was held between the 23rd and 26th of August in London. Billed as the greatest gathering of children’s books enthusiasts in the world, the 33rd IBBY Congress was attended by delegates from across the world highlighting the international diversity of children’s books and their role as a bridge between cultures.

On the occasion, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, Kalimat founder and CEO, said, “We are elated to have three of our books selected for the IBBY Honour List where the best books are handpicked from across the world. Written, translated, and illustrated by renowned Arabic children’s writers, the books are prime examples of excellence in Arabic children’s literature. Kalimat is proud of its contribution to children’s literature and we intend to continue our efforts in this direction with the same commitment and passion. ”

The book chosen for excellence in the illustration category is Ibn Battuta’, a concise biography that explains the travels of the globe-trotting Arab historian Ibn Battuta through a series of fascinating anecdotes. Illustrated by illustrator, graphic designer and author Intelaq Mohammad Ali, the book tells the story of the renowned Arab explorer in an informative and interesting manner.

Wathifat Mama’ (My Mother’s Job) written by Abir Ballan, a heart-warming story that celebrates the diverse roles handled by a homemaker mom was another Kalimat book that made it to the honour list. Princesses of the World’ is the third book which clinched a spot in the list in the translation category.

Translated into Arabic by Fatima Sharefeddine from its original French version, this book is the story of 14 princesses from diverse lands who take you on an enchanting journey of the ancient world as seen through their eyes. The book is a snapshot of cultures from the east and west ranging from Japan to Spain and includes our very own Scheherazade.

During the Congress, Kalimat was lauded by IBBY for the quality of its books and its overall contribution to Arabic children’s literature, and was awarded certificates for each of its honour list books.