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27 Books for Kids About the Arab World (ages 4-18)

Please welcome my guest blogger, author Elsa Marston who has a wonderful book list for children about the Arab World including picture books, advanced picture books, chapter books, a graphic novel and young adult books.

How can we Americans hope ever to understand the Middle East?  Not very easily, I’m afraid,  it’s complicated.  But we can gain appreciation of the PEOPLE of the Middle East from the books that have been published in just the last twenty years.  I mean books written for young people, which don’t have an axe to grind (almost literally), an enemy to attack, a case to make or deflate, or an ideology to push—as do so many books published for adult readers.  Good books for youth tell a story that engages not only the intellect but the heart.  They introduce us to “real people” whom we can care about, even if they come from life situations very different from ours.  If the story is well written, we can identify with those fictional people and want to know more about them: why they believe as they do, what they love and what they fear, how their lives as children shape the lives they may lead as adults. Read more…