Children's Story Hour: Nour's Secret Library
Nour's Secret Library
Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author’s own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colorful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city.
Wafa' Tarnowska was born in Lebanon and has lived and worked in Australia, India, Cyprus, Poland, the UK and Dubai. In her work, she strives to create a valuable bridge between East and West, helping to break down the stereotypical images people have of one another. She is the author of several children’s books, including Arabian Nights which won the American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade, the Moonbeam Gold Award and the Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children. Wafa' is also the author of Amazing Women of the Middle East, which is a compilation of biographies of trailblazing Middle Eastern women from ancient times to modern days. Wafa' has translated numerous books from English to Arabic and four plays from Arabic to English. https://www.wafatarnowska.co.uk