Multilingual Children’s Books

Illustrated stories are fast becoming a popular form of culture in the GCC Region and rich locally-sourced stories can make a valuable social and cultural contribution to heritage conservation efforts. Although Bloombury Qatar Foundation has produced a series of Arabic books that are a great start to a regional library, the breadth and depth of children’s books in the MENA Region remains limited. This project aims to add to the local library, while addressing the growing need for multilingual children’s books in global terms.

For this project, students gather traditional and contemporary stories in English and Arabic, develop new narratives, illustrate the narratives, and design the individual books for children ages 1-10. The primary audience is young children, their parents and schools, with a potential distribution in museum bookshops, in local schools, and in the Apple iBookstore.

The goal for the project was to work collaboratively with students enrolled in the elective course “Arabic Type Design” taught by Basma Hamdy. Students pitched their creative ideas to one another and worked together to develop illustrations and typography that worked in harmony with one another.

Co-taught with Basma Hamdy