This prestigious publishing house, exclusively for children, has seen just over 40 books into print. It was established in 2007 after its founder, Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, noted a paucity in quality Arabic literature for children.
It’s also Sheikha Bodour who founded the Etisalat prize for best Arabic children’s book of the year. The 2009 winner of the million-dirham ($270,000U.S.) prize was I Love or Ana Aheb, written by Nabeeha Muheidli.
I hope and expect that Kalimat will be a presence at the Cairo Book Fair, starting this Thursday. If I can only find them….