Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press), in collaboration with FNAC, launched its latest children's book, "Spring Bloom".
The Book is co-authored by two professors from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), Sadia Mir and Summer Al-Jarrah Bateiha.
The two authors were inspired to write this book when they recognized a lack of resources regarding children's math stories set in the region and based on local culture and characters. They hope to address a gap in multicultural texts and culturally diverse storytelling. Their main goal with this publication is that local Arab and Qatari students see themselves in the story and therefore identify with the concepts being taught.
"We believe that Spring Bloom will provide students with the opportunities to engage in more meaningful learning by addressing inclusion, cultural relevance and representation," explained Bateiha.
"HBKU Press is committed to giving local talents a platform to tell their unique stories," explains Rima Ismail, Outreach and Special Projects Manager of HBKU, "Spring Bloom embodies the standard of excellence that HBKU Press maintains in all of its publications. Specifically, with regards to the Children's genre, this book is a perfect example of how HBKU Press chooses publications based on the lessons and values that they can teach children to promote knowledge and understanding about their local environment and of educational concepts."
HBKU Press's genre of Children's books includes many narrative stories that can be used as a learning tool for education as storytelling can enhance academic instruction in primary education.
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