Three fun book titles with games to entertain homebound children!

 Three fun book titles with games to entertain homebound children!

Adel’s Coloured Birds, I Wrote in Air, Tongue Twists
all offer captivating illustrated narratives and are a great way of bringing the family together       

Sharjah, May 6, 2020:The opportunity is ripe to engage your homebound children – bored of their electronic gadgets and desperate for change – in activities that will ignite their curiosity in addition to being a fun family pastime. Just hearing the titles of these books by homegrown publisher, Kalimat, for children aged 6 – 12 will do that.

Adel’s Coloured Birds, I Wrote in Air and Tongue Twists are three of the award-winning publisher’s bestselling titles, which in addition to being beautifully illustrated reads, also offer games to develop children’s cognitive skills.


Adel’s Coloured Birds

Written by Fatima Sharafeddine and illustrated by Sarah Sanchez, Adel’s Coloured Birds is a book aimed at children aged 6-9 years old. It tells the story of Adel, a child who loves to make origami birds using coloured paper. When Adel begins making them, he forgets everything else around him. Nothing can distract him. Adel remains in the world of birds until he sees the red light at the door of his room which is a signal for his mealtime. It is only when Adel walks into the dining room that the reader discovers that Adel is deaf and that he uses sign language and lip-reading to communicate with his family.


I Wrote in Air

This is the story of a little boy who is confused as to how to memorise words for a Spelling Bee contest. His mother teaches him an innovative and entertaining way to do that and motivate him to succeed in reading and writing. The story teaches young readers how to succeed through perseverance and taking responsibility. Written by Mona Srouji and illustrated by Francesca Cosanti, I Wrote in Air is for children aged 6-9 years old.


Tongue Twists (Lisanak Hisanak)

Designed to improve pronunciation in children aged 9-12 years old, Tongue Twists is written by Fatima Sharafeddine and illustrated by Hanane Kai. It features a list of popular Arabic tongue twisters – phrases or sentences which are difficult to pronounce. It helps children develop their reading skills through an amusing word game in which participants attempt to pronounce these words 10 times or more, quickly and correctly. The difficulty stems from the similarity of sounds in the words.


With beautiful and colorful illustrations, the book challenges children to articulate a series of words which have similar sounds and are difficult to pronounce.


Tongue Twists won the “New Horizons” category of the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award, at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2016.


Parents can choose from the award-winning publisher’s vast repository of books and stories for their children to help them make the most of their times at home. Books are available online at, with free delivery within the UAE.


To date, Kalimat, an imprint of the Sharjah-based Kalimat Group, has published more than 250 titles for children and youth covering a wide range of topics, with many of them translated to foreign languages. Some of these titles have won both local and international awards. Kalimat offers a large number of books aimed at educating Arab children about the Arab and international culture and their modern challenges, in collaboration with award winning writers and illustrators from all over the world.


The publishing house won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for best publisher in 2017. It also won the Best Publisher Award for Asia at the international Bologna Children’s Book Fair, in 2016, after being nominated for the same award in 2013 and 2014. Kalimat made it to the final nominations for excellence in the publishing industry at the London Book Fair in 2014. It also won the Arab 21 Award from the Arab Thought Foundation in 2012, and two Arab 21 awards in their third edition in 2015.



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