UAEBBY organised a workshop on Bibliotherapy for Children in Hospitals
The UAE Board on Books for Young people (UAEBBY), with the support of Knowledge Without Borders, organised a workshop on Bibliotherapy, or the therapeutic use of books and reading with children in hospitals. The workshop was organised on the sidelines of the 1st International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Conference for the Region of Central Asia and North Africa (CANA) and took place on the opening day of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival on April 23rd.
Bibliotherapy is a technique that attempts to engage and connect patients with forms of writing and literature. It has been shown to be an effective method in the treatment of depression, especially in children. The workshop covered topics such as the importance of reading in hospitals, how to select reading material for children in hospitals, how to conduct an open discussion of different topics related to the child's condition, as well as a series of hands-on exercises.
Rashid Al Kous, Knowledge Without Borders Project Manager, commented, “The power that books have to positively impact those that come in contact with them can never be underestimated, which is why Knowledge Without Borders will continue to support workshops such as these that empower people to make a tangible difference in the lives of others through the wonder of the written word.”
The workshop was led by two eminent trainers; Sahar Tarhande and Hossein Sheykh Rezaee. Sahar Tarhande was born in Tehran in 1977. She graduated from Azad University of Tehran with a B.A. in Visual Communication & Graphic Design, and started her career as a graphic designer and research assistant with The Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran. She then moved to the U.K where completed her MA in Design: Multimedia and Graphics, from the University of Sunderland, and worked as an Art & Crafts tutor for Durham County Council, Education Department and Family Learning. She became a member of the Children’s Book Council (National section of IBBY) in 1997, and continues to work and do research in the field of children’s literature.
Speaking on the workshop, Sahar Tarhande said: “This therapy is very well known in the west, but we need to work hard to raise awareness about it in the region. There should be a necessity to have book reading in hospitals. We worked on practical skills such as how to select books and what the readers’ attitude should be”.
Hossein Sheykh Rezaee has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He went on to receive an M.A. in the Philosophy of Science. With a full scholarship from the Iranian Institute of Philosophy, he completed a PhD in Philosophy from Durham University, UK. He is now a faculty member of the science studies group in the Iranian Institute of Philosophy. He is a member of the Children's Book Council of Iran and has run several workshops and research groups with the CBC. He is especially interested in the subject of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and has done academic research in this field.
Rezaee commented: “The workshops were divided into two parts, a theoretical portion consisting of history, definition, and books as therapy, and a practical portion focusing on books as therapeutic devices. This therapy will help children develop critical skills in reasoning and comprehension. The next step is to apply these theoretical skills to kids in other challenging environments like schools, prisons, or factories”.
The workshop was attended by 15 participants, including volunteers and specialists working with ill children from the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, Friends of Cancer Patients in Sharjah, Latifa Hospital in Dubai and the Ministry of Health. Lebanese children's book author Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Hajar Al-Tarouti, owner of the Hekayat Qamar bookstore in Saudi Arabia also participated in the workshop, and there were visits by authors Fatima Sharafeddine and Yaacoub Sharouni.
The UAEBBY is the National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was established in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953 and is present in 77 countries around the world. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that represents an international network of individuals and institutions that are dedicated to promoting children's literature and the children's book industry, fostering a love of and respect for culture among children and young people in the world.
International Conference on Book Therapy, (Iranian Selection)
International Conference on Book Therapy,
9 February – 11 February, 2012, New Delhi
(Iranian Selection) :
1. Akbarpour, Ahmad. Dokhtari Saket Ba Parandehaye Sholug (The Silent Girl with the Noisy Birds), illustrated by Maneli Manoochehri. Tehran: Elmi - Farhanghi, 1385/2006. 32pp. 8+
2. Ahmadi, Ahmad Reza. Seh Goldan (Three Flower Pots), illustrated by Nazli Tahvili. Tehran: Kanoon, 1388/2009. 45pp. 10+
3. Akbarpour, Ahmad. Shab Be Kheyr Farmandeh (Good Night Commander), illustrated by Morteza Zahedi. Tehran: CBC-UNICEF, 1383/2004. 24pp. 10+
4. Akbarpour, Ahmad. Gul va docharkheh (The Giant and the Bicycle), illustrated by Rashin Kheyrieh. Tehran: Ofog/Fandog, 1388/2009. 28pp. 7+
5. Akrami, Jamalodin. Rubahe Dom Borideh (The Fox with a Cut off Tail), illustrated by Ali Boozari. Tehran: Shabaviz, 1385/2006. 28pp. 6+
6. Bamdad, Rayka. Sabzei dar Darune Man (The Green Inside Me), illustrated by Marjan Vafaiyan. Tehran: CBC-UNICEF, 1383/2004. 48pp. 9+
7. Hadadi, Hoda. Do Doost (Two Friends), illustrated BY Hoda Hadadi. Tehran: Shabaviz, 1386/2007. 20pp. 8+
8. Seyedabadi, Ali Asghar. Bozhaye Zahguleh Pa Koja Budand? (Where Were the Bell Legged Goats?), illustrated by Ali Reza Goldoozian. Tehran: Ofog/Fandog, 1388/2009. 28pp. 9+
9. Seyedabadi, Ali Asghar. Khaleh Suskeh ba ki Ezdevaj Kard? (Whom did Auntie Cockroach Marry?), illustrated by Ali Reza Goldoozian. Tehran: Ofog/Fandog, 1388/2009. 28pp. 9+
10. Seydabadi, Ali Asghar. Kherse Dana Chera Be In Ruz Oftadeh Bud? (Why did the Wise Bear End Up like This?), illustrated by Ali Reza Goldoozian. Tehran: Ofog/Fandog, 1388/2009. 28pp. 9+
11. Seyedabadi, Ali Asghar. Rubah Gazaye Lak Lak Ra Che Juri Khord? (How did the Fox Eat at the Stork’s?), illustrated by Ali Reza Goldoozian. Tehran: Ofoq/Fandoq, 1388/2009. 28pp. 9+
12. Seyedabadi, Ali Asghar. Kadu Qelqleh Zan Kay Bargashteh Bud? (When did the Rolling Pumpkin Return?), illustrated by Ali Reza Goldoozian. Tehran: Ofoq/Fandoq, 1388/2009. 28 pp. 9+
13. Khalatbari, Farideh. Shahrzad, illustrated by farshid Shafii. Tehran: Shabaviz, 1384/2005. 16 pp. 9+
14. Taqdis, Soosan. Sedaye Paye Bozghale-haye Sabz. (Hoof sound of the Little Green Goats), illustrated by Marjan Vafaiyan. Tehran: Shabaviz, 1385/2006. 20pp. 9+
15. Kotobi, Soroor. Qatar Bazi (Train Game), illustrated by Ali Mafakheri. Tehran: Shabaviz, 1383/2004. 21pp. 5+
Children’s Books Council of Iran’s Selection for IBBY Honour List 2012
Children’s Books Council of Iran’s Selection for IBBY Honour List 2012 : Chashm Beheshti (Heaven Eyes), by David Almond. Translator: Nasrin Vakili. Tehran: Afrinegan, 2009. 263pp.
Kherse Dana Chera Be In Ruz Oftadeh Bud? (Why did the Wise Bear End Up like This?), by Ali Asghar Seyedabadi. illustrator: Ali Reza Goldoozian. Tehran: Ofog/Fandog, 2009. 28pp.
Tabaghe-ye haftom gharbi (Seventh Floor West). Author: Jamshid Khanian. Tehran: Ofog, 2009. 79pp.
Patricia Aldana in Iran
Patricia Aldana was born and brought up in Guatemala. She came to Canada in 1971, after attending university in the United States.
Groundwood Books was founded by her in 1978. Groundwood's mandate was and has remained the publication of the highest quality Canadian children's books for all ages. Increasingly this has meant finding and developing authors from all of Canada's peoples from the first people to the latest arrivals. Established as a publisher in the United States in 1996, Groundwood also publishes a list of Spanish language books, Libros Tigrillo and is dedicated to bringing North American children the best books from around the world, especially those coming from outside the mainstream of world publishing. Patricia Aldana has been the publisher of Groundwood Books since its beginnings and the list is acknowledged to be a reflection of her discernment.
Groundwood Books authors and illustrators have won an unprecedented 19 Governor General’s Awards, as well as numerous other Canadian and international awards. Groundwood is known in Canada and around the world as the publisher of the very best Canadian books for children and for its commitment to its authors and illustrators. As one of the early pioneers in the industry Groundwood helped to set a very high standard in Canadian children’s publishing.
Aldana is active in Canadian and international organizations. She was President of IBBY (2006-2010), (International Board on Books for Young People an NGO comprised of reading promotion organizations from 73 countries), is now President of the IBBY Foundation (2010-) and Canada's representative to the Inter American Publishers Group. She was the founding president of the Canadian Coalition for School Libraries and the Organization of Ontario Publishers. She was president of the Association of Canadian Publishers for two year in the late seventies and on the founding board of the Canadian Children's Book Centre. She is Co-Chair of the National Reading Campaign (2009-).
Aldana’s international work through IBBY has focused on bringing children and books together, especially in countries which have not had a reading tradition. She was a leader in establishing the IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis which is running projects in Lebanon, Gaza, and Colombia for children who have suffered extreme trauma due to war and civil disruption. In all these cases such children are using books to learn to speak about their experiences, to understand what has happened to them, and to find a way to move past the trauma. In the IBBY Yamada workshop program, publishing and reading promotion skills are being taught in workshops in countries around the world ranging from Mongolia, to Bolivia, to South Africa, to Uganda and Rwanda.
Aldana has been invited to speak on children’s books in such countries as Singapore, Japan (at the National Diet Library), at the International Federation of Library Associations in Praetoria South Africa, as well as in Malaysia, Brazil, Cuba, Indonesia, and Colombia.
Aldana was named to the Order of Canada in 2010.
The Children's Book Council welcomes Patsy Aldana in Iran, through the various programs and trips that have been arranged for her from September 2 to 9 2011 we hope to hear about her worldwide experiences in the production and promtion of children's literature and to share some of our experiences with her. Please join us at any one of her talks."How is reading promoted? An international overwiew", on September 3rd from 16.00 to 18.00 at Khaneh Ketabdar.......
"How does Groundwood create quality literature? Looking at criteria", on September 4th from 16.00 to 18.00 at Shorarye Ketabe Kudak.....
"Children's literature in the world, concerns and aspirations", on September 9th from 16.30 to 18.30 at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon), Hejab Venue Conference Hall.