Hoopoe Books is an imprint of The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge – ISHK, an educational nonprofit founded more than four decades ago. Our goal is to publish books that not only entertain but help children and young adults understand themselves and their world.
Hoopoe Books’ traditional tales uncover the ancient and wonderful world of oral and written storytelling from a time before societies had formal schools, when stories were the way in which everyone learned the much-needed universal lessons of tolerance and appreciation of all cultures. Through these stories the children of today can develop an understanding of the universality of our natures, our hopes and dreams and an appreciation of the diverse ways in which they are expressed.
With the help of volunteers and donors, we are able to print and distribute millions of beautifully illustrated traditional stories, such as the Teaching-Stories by the educator and author Idries Shah, to underserved children. We do this currently through three donation programs: Share Literacy, Books for Afghanistan and Books for Pakistan. We also provide Teacher Guides, audio recordings of the stories and other ancillary items to support caregivers and teachers.
As a program of the educational nonprofit ISHK, Books for Afghanistan’s Annual Report is included in the ISHK Annual Reports. A more detailed account of our activities to date can be found here and by subscribing to our regular Newsletters.