TEHRAN – Eight books by Iranian writers have been submitted for inclusion in the 2023 Collection for Young People with Disabilities, which is compiled every two years by the International Council of Books for Young People.
Among the books submitted by the Children’s Book Council of Iran are “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O”, “Where Does the Golden Bee Go Buzzing?”, “The Last Picture”, and “18+2 Woodpecker”.
Submissions also include “Mother”, “You are an explorer” (also translated as “We are explorers”), “Ask the rhino to go” and “Chapaki”, the council announced on Wednesday.
Based on Shel Silverstein’s book of the same name, “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O” was designed and implemented by Soda Azadi Namin for visually impaired children.
The missing piece sat alone, waiting for someone to take it somewhere. All he wants is to ride with his perfect match, but some are too small, some are too big, and some fit but don’t ride. The Missing Piece feels sad and lonely until she meets the Big O and learns that all she ever needed was a little encouragement and determination to achieve her dreams.
Conceived and implemented by Haleh Haqbejaneb, “Where Does the Golden Bee Go Buzzing?” teaches visually impaired infants how to find the right directions.
With its simple, believable and true story, “The Last Picture” written by Leila Darabi describes the world of children with autism and their families.
Through symbolism and poetic language, “18+2 Woodpecker” clarifies the issue of deafness and delves into the world of hearing-impaired children. With illustrations by Salimeh Babakhan, the book was written by Mohammad-Hadi Mohammadi.
In “Mother”, Hoda Haddadi created illustrations for the story of a poem by Iraj Mirza, a famous Iranian poet who lived most of his life in the 19th century. With its simple illustrations, the book helps create a poetic perception for hearing-impaired children.
Illustrated by Ghazal Fathollahi, “You Are an Explorer” shows brotherhood, imagination, collaboration and self-improvement against the pain of war.
Through the love between two brothers and their imagination, the writer Shahrzad Shahrjerdi leads us to reflect on the hardships suffered by some people following conflicts in their country of origin which force them to leave their homes in search of something better.
“Ask the Rhino to Go” by Azam Mahdavi is a great wordless book with beautiful illustrations by Pedram Kazeruni that focuses on social relationships and helping children make friends.
It helps children to look beyond the apparent and know people’s intentions and inner selves. A little chick is afraid of a rhinoceros. She constantly covers her eyes and asks him to go away. After all, he is much taller and that scares him. But is that reason enough to be afraid of someone? A good heart comes in all shapes and sizes!
In her story in “Chapaki,” writer Zahra Jalaifar provides deep insight into the psychological effects of divorce on children. The book was illustrated by Hajar Moradi.
Every two years, experts working with the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities select outstanding titles for and about children and young adults with disabilities around the world. IBBY’s head office is located in Basel, Switzerland.
Many young people with disabilities cannot read or enjoy a conventional book, or they cannot find a suitable book among the many publications available, IBBY said.
Therefore, they need specially produced books or selected regular books of literary and artistic quality that meet their particular design, language, plot structure and imagery needs.
The IBBY collection located at the Toronto Public Library includes an extensive international selection of books for and about young people with disabilities.
Photo: A combination photo shows the covers of some Persian books seeking to be listed by IBBY in the 2023 collection for young people with disabilities