A selection of 100 books for children and young people in Arabic from different countries in the Arab-speaking world is now available in English. The list was originally in French and was collated by the Arab World Reading Committee of the journal Takam Tikou, which brings together professionals from different horizons: the French National Library / IBBY France, the Institute of the Arab world, Libraries of the City of Paris... IBBY Ireland is very proud to have been involved alongside IBBY France, IBBY UK and IBBY Europe in the English translation of this exceptional catalogue.
Organised by genre and in alphabetical order by title in English, this guide also includes a few translations into Arabic of books originally published in different languages, to encourage the building of bridges between languages and cultures.
The selection will be presented in the Frankfurt Bookfair later this week, but the PDF can be downloaded, right away, on the IBBY Europe website, for free.
And don't forget that on the same website you can find recommendations of great books for children and young people written in all the languages spoken in Europe, including the main languages spoken by migrant or refugee families such as Dari, Farsi and more. What better way to say 'Welcome' than with a book in a language the young new arrivals understand?