Arabic English Handy Review Book {Tutorial} Plus {Review}


We made these hand(y) review books for Hands Around the Library by Karen Leggett Abouraya with beautiful collage illustrations by Susan L. Roth, as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

The story is about former children librarian Shaimaa Saad and library director, Ismail Serageldin, in February 2011, during the Egyptian upraising.

They both worked at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria, Egypt. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is trilingual, containing books in Classical Arabic, English, and French.

At the time, people were very unhappy with the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. They held rallies, demonstrations and parades to voice their concerns.

The library staff was worried, since the library has been destroyed before. But on this day, people from within the parade broke out of the demonstrations and linked hands on the steps to protect the building.

The pages are stunning, showcasing different aspects of Egyptian style, including colorful quilts, hijbas and the clothing of the Muslims & Christians who held hands.

The back of the book contains a double-page photo spread with more information of the uprising and the library itself. There is a resource page, which I loved, since it included the Arabic words shown on the protest signs.

My favorite page was hands holding the Egyptian flag that was opened on the library steps.

This gave my daughter and I the inspiration to make these handy review books, to write down what we think about a book.

Supplies

  • Various colored card stock
  • Corner punch
  • Glue stick
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

My daughter started to make the review book by drawing an outline of her hand

She added a rectangular tab, for the staples later.

Next, my daughter cut out the hand. She used this hand to cut out as a template to make several others from different colors.

After all the hands were cut, she cut out all the tags for inside the review book. I typed them both up for her, in Arabic and English:

  • TITLE OF BOOK / عنوان الكتاب
  • THEME / موضوع الكتاب
  • AUTHOR / مؤلف
  • SETTING / إعداد
  • FAVORITE EVENT / حدث المفضل
  • RATING / تقييم

She made all the corners round on the slips of paper to make it look nicer.

To add them to the hands, my daughter added glue to the back of the pieces of paper and centered them on the hands.

The final step is to staple all the hands to each other.

We made a review book in English.

We also made a review book in Arabic. We made sure to start the book in the opposite direction and added our staples accordingly.

If you want to save some time, you can make the English and Arabic into one review book. Just start the English from one side and the Arabic from the other.

If you enjoyed making this handy craft, check out these others:

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world.

2019 Arab Muslim Children Books {Resource}

Welcome 2019 and all these beautiful children books by Arab and or Muslim authors or about Arab and or Muslim kids to enjoy!

Now that January has arrived, it means that Multicultural Children’s Book Day is right around the corner.

I am so excited to be co-Hosting another year and will be sharing a review of a book about the Arab world or Muslim culture on January 25th, 2019, our permanent new home date. To recap, I was sent a Persian book in 2017, and a Sudanese book in 2018, both great additions to diverse kidlit book shelves around the world.

While I await by my mailbox for this year’s special box, I thought I’d compile a list of 20+ upcoming children & teen books coming out of the Arab & Muslim world in 2019. I will updated them with links to buy as they are available.

{Update: This list started with 20+ books, but has expanded to over 80, plus now includes an adult section. Also, I was fortune enough to receive three books for my 2019 Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviews, which can be found here, here and here.}

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Nour’s Escape by Abeer Ali Al Kabani

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

Owl & Cat: Hajj Coloring & Activity Book by Emma Apple

The Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad

Two Pigeons On A Pilgrimage: A Hajj Story by Rabia Bashir

Trees for Absentees by Ahlam Bsharat

The Long Ride by Marina Budhos

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney *Book Review Coming*

Basirah the Basketballer says by Hafsah Dabiri

I Say Alhamdulillah (I Say Board Books) by Noor H. Dee

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Yasmin in Charge by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Chef by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Superhero by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Yasmin the Zookeeper by Saadia Faruqi *Book Review*

Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Dot that Couldn’t Sit Still, The by Gulnar Hajoc

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

30 days of learning and good deeds by Bachar Karroum

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

More to the Story by Hena Khan

Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

My First Book About the Prophet Muhammad: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children by Sara Khan

Gift of Ramadan, The by Rabiah Lumbard

Accidental Trouble Magnet: Book 1 (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian

Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir

By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

Proudest Blue, The by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Whose Doll is this? by Taghreed Najjar

The Ghoul by Taghreed Najjar *Book Review Coming*

My Brother and Me by Taghreed Najjar

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian              

Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

Sadiq and the Fun Run by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

Sadiq and the Green Thumbs by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

Sadiq and the Pet Problem by Siman Nuurali *Book Review*

All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf

The Battle by Karuna Riazi

I hope you Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Aladdin: Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Zaha Hadid by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

Olive Harvest in Palestine: A story of childhood memories by Wafa Shami

Laila and the Sands of Time by Shirin Shamsi

Ghady & Rawan by Fatima Sharafeddine

Laith the Lion Goes to Palestine by Jameeleh Shelo

My Past Is A Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Satoko and Nada Vol. 2  by Yupechika

2019 Arab & Muslim Adult

Book Releases

Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Life in a Country Album: Poems by Nathalie Handal      

A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib

Chai Factor, The by Farah Heron

Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Aisha Jassat

Unmarraigeable by Soniah Kamal

It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariam Khan

Other Americans  by Laila Lalami   

Tower, The by Shereen Malherbe       

This Green And Pleasant Land  by Ayisha Malik

Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem

Bird King, The by G. Willow Wilson

Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, Vol I , The by Reimena Yee

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To see more books lists for children & teens that teach about the Arab world or Muslim culture, visit the Education page, that has hundreds like these

9 Books to Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month {Resource}

27 Teen Books and Graphic Novels with a Muslimah Protagonist {Resource}

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more.


Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book {Resource}

Eight years ago, I printed the Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster and today I’m celebrating the self publishing of the Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book.

 

I always knew the poster would grow into other products to introduce the Arabic language to kids in a colorful, bright, and fun way.

 

Soon I went on to produce magnets and a successful Kickstarter campaign for game cards.

 

I also created the Arabic Colors Animal Poster and today I am excited to announce the debut of the Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book.

 

The new Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book features all 28 animals and their corresponding letter with a sturdy 125# cover. There are also two Arabic alphabet poster images inside, to help with original animal colors.

 

It also has a new coloring book Parent and Teacher Guide to help with each letter.  The paper is made from a 70# paper weight to withstand crayons or markers and each animal is printed on a single page, so there will be no bleed through.

 

Right now it is only available on A Crafty Arab’s Zibbet shop. I will update this page as more places become available.

 

Sign up for the newsletter to get the first three letters for free.

 

If you are in Seattle, a few copies will be sold at the Gates Foundation Holiday Marketplace on November 30th and December 1st. I am donating proceeds from each sale to help a local refugee organization, Salaam Cultural Museum. I will also made them a limited supply of Arabic Christmas Cards.

Shukran (Arabic for thank you) for supporting A Crafty Arab.