Highlights from 2015

New Urdu-Pashto Editions of Hoopoe titles by Idries Shah

Urdu-Pashto Editions of Hoopoe titles by Idries Shah

Alif Laila Book Bus Society Story Sessions

Kids in Library listening to the Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal
Kids in Library

Alif Laila Book Bus Society end a year of story sessions with The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal by Idries Shah.

Hoopoe Books have been translated into two new languages for Pakistan. Over the last two months we have produced our series of 10 children’s books by Idries Shah in Urdu-Sindhi and Urdu-Balochi editions.

The Alif Laila Book Bus Society’s StoryWalk Project fascinates children and adults!

August 14, 2015 in celebration of Independence Day, the Alif Laila Book Bus Society in collaboration with the PHA Foundation and Hoopoe Books launched the StoryWalk Project in six of Lahore’s parks. A total of fifteen children’s books published by Hoopoe Books and Alif Laila were displayed on large flexes in these parks for children and their families to read and enjoy. More images are available here.

Five Rickshaws

Woman and book rickshaw in Lahore

At the end of January five rickshaws headed to five different schools in Lahore loaded with Urdu-English Hoopoe Books for the children.

woman manipulating puppets of Hoopoe characters in Pakistan

Teachers read the stories while manipulating puppets, which the children and teachers made (see the Hoopoe Books projects page). We are told that children and teachers spent “Hours of happy storytelling, role playing and making/manipulating puppets.”

And, as you can see, they were very happy to have books of their own.

Stick puppets using characters from the book The Farmer's Wife
Kids with Hoopoe books and puppets
Fun with paper bag puppets using characters from the book The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water
Happy Kids in Pakistan holding Hoopoe books

International Book Giving Day 2015

In Celebration of International Book Giving Day on February 14th, Alif Laila launched the distribution of our new bilingual Urdu-Pashto Hoopoe Books by Idries Shah.

5,000 copies (500 of each of 10 titles) were distributed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK):
BRAC distributed 2,000 books and “Make your own Puppets” kits to 200 schools in Swabi, Charsadda and Haripur districts, and an additional 3,000 books were distributed to children in Peshawar, thanks to help from HOPE, ProGrowth and Khwendo Kor.

An additional 3,000 books were distributed to children in Peshawar, thanks to help from HOPE, ProGrowth and Khwendo Kor.

If anyone wonders whether providing these wonderful stories to children makes a difference in their lives, these photos will surely give you the answer…

School girls in Pakistan with Hoopoe books
School boys in Pakistan holding up Hoopoe books
Handing out Hoopoe books for International Book Giving Day
Pakistani Boy reading The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal at Book Giving event
Group of kids with Hoopoe Books on International Book Giving Day

“Thank you Hoopoe Books for making International Book Giving Day special for children in Peshawar, KPK. The children were overjoyed to know the books were theirs forever!”

International Book Giving Day was also celebrated by Khwendo Kor (KK). Their education team arranged an event in collaboration with Alif Laila at Deen Dunya located in Mathra village in the district of Peshawar on February 16, 2015. 120 children participated in this activity and were given a set of Hoopoe Books. Stories were read with the children and they were taught the importance of books and told how reading books is a good habit and one can learn different valuable lessons.

The team reported that “The children loved the activity and were mesmerized by the beautiful illustrations and captivating stories.”

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