Books about the Middle East: Selecting and Using Them with Children and Adolescents

Books about the Middle East: Selecting and Using Them with Children and Adolescents

Books about the Middle East: Selecting and Using Them with Children and Adolescents

Books about the Middle East: Selecting and Using Them with Children and Adolescents

Synopsis

Learn all about Middle Eastern culture and how to use that literature in K-12 schools to promote understanding.

Use this one-stop resource for information on Middle Eastern culture and literature

Share this resource with classroom teachers to make your school more inclusive and culturally responsive

Chapters provide background information about the countries and peoples of the place, literature related to the region and to the major ethnic groups of the region, guidelines for selecting children's and young adult literature about the region, and strategies for incorporation

This new resource includes an annotated bibliography of children's and young adult books with evaluations, reading/interest level, review sources, awards/prizes, and Accelerated Reader/Reading Counts availability."

Excerpt

“Why do they hate us so much?” (Hassan 97). This question, raised in an article in English Journal, points out the ignorance of many Americans about the people living in the world region known as the Middle East. Unfortunately, some Americans use the pronoun “they” to refer to any person living in the Middle East and label people living there as either religious fanatics or terrorists. Other Americans believe that most people in the Middle East sleep in tents and ride camels or that the women dress in black from head to toe. The Middle East, however, is a region with great diversity not only of religions but also of cultures and ways of life. Malls, movies, mobile phones, and the Internet are common in many places and the traditional markets and modern restaurants such as Starbucks or Domino’s Pizza often exist side by side (Guillian, 2005). To combat this misunderstanding, you, as a school library media specialist (LMS), teacher or public librarian, have a responsibility to educate children and young adults by evaluating, selecting, and using quality literature about the people of the Middle East.

PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK

This book, Books about the Middle East: Selecting and Using Them with Children and Adolescents, is the first overview of literature about the Middle East since Silverburg’s Middle East Bibliography was published by Scarecrow Press in 1992. Although there have been a few articles published about books from the Middle East including “The Middle East in Fiction” by Brad Hooper, and “Arab Children’s Literature” by Tami Al-Hazzá (one of the authors of this book), there is no other current comprehensive bibliography of literature about the Middle East to consult. To fill that gap, this book examines the literature about the rich diversity of peoples who inhabit the region known as the Middle East and explores ways to use this literature within the curriculum of the school. As Hazel Rochman explains, “We need books that humanize, not that . . .

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