Sunday, April 13, 2008

Childrens books in Arabic - in Cairo

Granted with no kids of my own, I don't have too much insight into this, but I do know my bookshops

And a lot of this information comes as tips from friends in Egypt who would like their kids to learn to read Arabic just to make the transition easier.

1. The best place/time to find them is at the Cairo International Book fair because publishers from other Arab countries that don't have stores/distribution in Egypt sell their stuff there.

2. Dar el Shorouk publishes Arabic books for children and sells them at their outlets in the Four Seasons First Mall, City Stars Mall (the extension), and Korba. Their kids section in Arabic is one of the strongest around town.

Shorouk publishes series of books from Alam Simsim (sesame street), the Mister books (Mister Happy etc), Miffy and more. There are Barney story books and other famous characters as well. Someone mentioned that the new series by Shorouk are in Egyptian Arabic, but printed in China. Books start from about 10LE each.

3. The lovely ladies at The Bookspot, don't always carry Arabic books, but they do special order them so if you have something specific in mind they can always get it for you.

4. Diwan carries a few too, but its a limited selection.

5. Carre four & Hyper One have some Arabic Childrens books in their Books & Magazine sections.

Surprisingly, a lot of my friends have found better range and quality of Arabic books for children outside Egypt.

1 comment:

laialy ebrahim said...


I read your blog and I find it very interesting. I'd like to comment on your article about the lack of a good collection of children's books in the Arabic language. I'm also a great fan of shorouk books and bookshop. I'm one of the team of Al-balsam Publishing House. Our publishing house focuses on Arabic books for children. Our aim is to revive our culture, language and values both through locally developed materials as well as through materials translated to and from around the world that actually have an outstanding content and design.

We also carry a large collection of Arabic children books by other publishers from Egypt and the Arab world. Our aim is to provide an excellent collection of Arabic Children books under one roof.

Our Contact information is: Al-Balsam Publishing House
Address: 128 Nile St., Dokki 12311, Giza, Egypt
Tel: 37627147
Fax: 37627146

We'll be opening a specialized children's book shop soon at the same address.
Thank you

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