Thursday, November 21, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Nur'afifah Binte Mohd Hussain, her book helps kids learn the Arabic alphabet through music and movement

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.

Nur'afifah Binte Mohd Hussain

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
The Huruf Parade (Yaa Bunayya SG)

Describe your style
The story is written in a rhyming, light and friendly style to encourage children to move along in learning the Arabic alphabet.

How did you get started?
My children are my driving force that got me into writing kid lit. Writing kid lit is like writing a love story from me to my children. That was and still is my main driving force in writing kid lit.

Where do you get story ideas?
I go through a brainstorming process where I will just throw in any topics that come to mind. After the brainstorming process, I will look through it and pick out the top 5 topics that are most relevant for me at the point of time. I decide on the current relevance by researching on the market, interaction with educators and parents, or based on current issues.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
The Huruf Parade. In this story, children will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet in story and rhyming form. Children can move according to the movements made by the different letters. The element of music and movement in this book makes learning Arabic very fun and engaging for young children.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Plan the reading process by having a pre-reading activity to spark interest, reading activity and extending the experience by having a post-reading activity. This will help children make connections with the story and spark their interest.
Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
All story ideas are good ideas, so just write it!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
I would love to see more diverse books to raise awareness about topics such as special needs, abuse, bullying and sustainable living.

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