Kalimat, a publishing house established by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan AlQasimi in 2007, aims to transform this picture, motivating children to read in Arabic by publishing entertaining and culturally relevant stories.
Topics and issues that Arab children everywhere face in daily life are deftly handled in 140 titles spanning a wide variety of genres, including activity books, fables, baby books, young adult books and audio CDs.
In just four years, Kalimat has already won several prestigious prizes, including awards at the Beirut Book Fair in 2009 and 2010 and the “Best Children’s Book” award from the Riyadh based International Forum on Children’s Education and Development in 2011.
Kalimat regularly organizes readings, book signings, and illustration workshops designed to cultivate a love of reading in Arab children. Several Kalimat titles have been translated into other languages.