(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNAThe Ministry of Culture and Sports hosted yesterday a panel discussion organised by Qatari Authors Forum to discuss the children's book ‘The Light of Hope' written by celebrated children's author Basma El Khatib and published by Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) press.
The book was named winner in the 2019 International Book Awards (IBA) in the category of Children's Mind/Body/Spirit. The book was originally published in Arabic by HBKU Press under the title Kandil Alma in late 2018.
The Light of Hope follows the story of Alma, a young girl on her way home in a dark forest. Alma faces many obstacles on the way, symbolising life's difficulties, but overcomes them through strength, perseverance, and the help of friends.
Children's author, Basma El Khatib while speaking at the session yesterday, stressed the importance of the message delivered by the book to children in general and to young girls in particular, explaining that they will face many difficulties in their lives, but they have to overcome these difficulties, and to know that they are able to do so.
The author appreciated the role of HBKU Press in translating the book into English, which enabled the book to reach more readers and to a wider audience. In addition to the book's 2019 IBA win, The Light of Hope received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the category of Spiritual/Religious as well.
The Light of Hope is perfect for children aged 4-9 and can be found on Amazon Kindle and in bookstores across Qatar in both English and Arabic.
HBKU Press is committed to facilitating quality translations of meaningful works from Arabic into many other languages and vice versa.