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This coming new summer season will be bringing us lots of great reads in the children’s books genre and we happily dug up on some of the anticipated releases for you, dear friends!

“Marcus is NOT happy to be stuck in after-school film class . . . until he realizes he can turn the story of the cartoon superhero he’s been drawing for years into an actual MOVIE! There’s just one problem: he has no idea what he’s doing. So he’ll need help, from his friends, his teachers, Sierra, the strong-willed classmate with creative dreams of her own, even Tyrell, the local bully who’d be a perfect movie villain if he weren’t too terrifying to talk to.

Making this movie won’t be easy. But as Marcus discovers, nothing great ever is — and…

Hello hello! As you know, here at Qamber Kids, we’re always on the lookout for inspiring individuals who are major contributors to the world of publishing. One such author is Muna Rabieh. Muna has written two children’s books, one in English (Otter) and the other in Arabic (النعامة السحرية). Both have very strong themes (such as self-love and human compassion) that have resonated strongly with their readers. Her hope for the future is to continue to write books that will further enable her to plant healthy seeds in the minds of youngsters, through the power of storytelling.

QK: Welcome Muna…

Reem: This may not have had as many words as your regular self-help book, but its impact was just as huge. I loved loved loved this little treasure. It certainly was very pleasing to look at and was very comforting to come back to and soak its words.

I learned the simplest things from it and found that applying them in real life really does work! The illustrations were very well done, pleasing to the eye, and the whole book just felt like a very warm hug.

Greetings pen-pals! We wanted to come in and wish our Muslim friends, yourself included, and those around the globe a happy Ramadan! To celebrate, we thought we’d share some pretty fantastic reads published by Muslim authors.

The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard

Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly―and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday.

If you’re a serious writer looking to be published via a publishing company, then you are most likely looking for a literary agent. A literary agent is the person working in the publishing industry who will represent you and your manuscript to different publishing houses.

Where To Find Them?

Thankfully, with the internet, there are many sources for reaching out to literary agents. Amongst those websites are: QueryTracker, AgentQuery, ManuscriptWishlist, and Agent Spotlight . …

I have a confession to make. All writers, no matter their success or failures face the same inner demon. Even now, it is difficult to put into words the occasional bone-deep, mind-numbing fear we have to write. Crazy isn’t it? Our greatest passion and the thing that drives us to become the one thing we struggle most with. I’ve known and heard of a similar thing happening to other artists and musicians. It is an age-old struggle, where genius and madness blur the lines. Not coincidentally, those with the most genius face the worst inner demons.

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I am not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but like so many authors and artists before me, I feel very deeply. Since I was little I’ve always been able to sense other people’s emotions and empathize with their struggles. I looked at the world around me, in all its beauty and ugliness, and clung to the dream that lived on inside my head. And while this trait has often helped me navigate tricky reality, it can also be my greatest enemy.

If you can relate to this, you’re in good company. There are more of us than…

Working with Bella DiCorte is some of the most fun I’ve had in 10+ years in cover design. There’s something about having a strong creative connection with a client that really makes a huge difference with any project you do together. With Bella, our team does what we always aim to do, which is to make sure the author has fun with the cover process, as well as be involved as much as she/he wants to be. And that’s what we did with the Fausti Family covers (or any cover we make for that matter).

Our journey to creating the…

Hey there, writer-friend. Have you been struggling with writer’s block when it comes to your #kidlit stories? We understand that completely! In fact, we published a blog, right before this one, with our very own suggested writing prompts for more adult readers. And to continue on with today’s blog, we’re going to give you 3 originally crafted writing prompts for your kid audience! Try them out, and let us know in the comments below how you liked them :D

Writing Prompt #1

Your main hero is an octopus living in the desert. His only friends are the scorpion and the scorching sand-dunes. …

As writers, we occasionally go through this foggy stage of not knowing where our story is taking us and a creative drought ensues. Suddenly, frustratingly, no idea seems to be sticking. Nothing sounds good enough. And we end up scrunching balls of paper to throw and miss the trash bin. Or if you’re modern enough, you hit backspace on your keyboard and just delete the whole thing.

Fortunately, though, this strange invention called a “Writing Prompt”’ has been invented. Apparently, it's supposed to get your gears turning again.

Want to give it a try?

Here’s a writing prompt or two that we whipped up for you…

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