Once upon a time in Zaatari and Azraq: Tales from our refugee camps is an anthology of 5 beautiful stories written by Syrian teachers living in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan. The book was co-published with the Norwegian Refugee Council, who support these teachers in their displacement. 

Once upon a time in Zaatari and Azraq: Tales from our refugee camps was first published in July 2017.

ISBN: 9780993439063

Available in the following languages:

​Arabic-English 
Arabic-French 
Arabic-German
Arabic-Turkish
Arabic-Urdu 
Arabic-Farsi

Arabic-Spanish

Available in the following languages:

Arabic-Kurdish Sorani
​Arabic-English 
Arabic-French 
Arabic-German
Arabic-Turkish

Kitabna's fifth book, The Starling's Visit, tells the tale of Iman, who discovers the migratory patterns of starlings when she arrives in a refugee camp close to Erbil. One starling is left behind when his friends fly home again, but luckily Iman is there to help him.


The Starling's Visit was first published in September 2015.

ISBN: 9780993113192

The Lake Where Frogs Lived and The Starling's Visit are stories that focus on building relationships between formerly isolated communities now living side by side in refugee camps in the Erbil region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The books are trilingual: written in Kurdish Sorani, Arabic and English. The Lake Where Frogs Lived is a tale about a lake near to Erbil, where frogs live when refugees arrive there to be settled. The frogs meet new friends, Berivan and Haifa, and try their best to help people fit in and learn to laugh again.


The Lake Where Frogs Lived was first published in September 2015.

ISBN: 9780993113185


Kitabna's second book, Esraa's Stories, tells the tale of Esraa, a girl who loves to write stories. One day Esraa chooses to write about what everyone misses most from Syria in the camp and her stories go on an unexpected adventure.


Esraa's Stories was first published in February 2015.
ISBN: 9780993439018





Kitabna's first book, The Giant Watermelon, was written in the summer of 2014 following visits to camps in the Beqaa Valley, eastern Lebanon. The children asked Helen, bitaklik basineh? (do you eat cat?) to make sure they were safe before taking her to meet the camp cat. They also showed her the vegetable patch, where two watermelons were growing. The Giant Watermelon tells the tale of Tarik, Sana and Sarah, three friends in charge of the camp vegetable patch. When something amazing happens to one of the watermelons, Tarik must decide what to do.

The Giant Watermelon was first published in October 2014. 
ISBN: 9780993439001



 

Available in the following languages:

​Arabic-English 
Arabic-French 
Arabic-German
Arabic-Turkish
Arabic-Greek

The Bird Words tells the tale of language learning from the perspective of a little girl arriving in a new country. To this little girl, words and language are like birds, flying around, confusing her. With the help of her teacher she learns to read. She also discovers how learning a new language can make us feel at home in a new place. 


The Bird Words was first published in November 2016.

ISBN: 9780993439049

Our 7 books are helping to find readers in lost generations













​Kitabna currently has 5 books available for purchase. Our books have been procured by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, World Vision, Save the Children International and many other actors in the regional refugee response for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. ​









If you are an individual or organisation working with refugees or
displaced communities and wish to procure our books, please contact us at info@kitabna.org with your needs.
​Our current prices are:


  • £4 per book for orders of 1000+
  • £5 per book for orders of 50+
  • £7 per book for orders of <50


All books can be ordered using the contact form here.


For commercial purchase our books are currently available in:
Librarie Antoine bookshops in Lebanon 
l'Institut des Cultures Arabs et Mediterraneennes in Geneva, Switzerland.  







Available in the following languages:

​Arabic-English 
Arabic-French 
Arabic-German
Arabic-Turkish
Arabic-Greek

Available in the following languages:

Arabic-Kurdish Sorani
​Arabic-English 
Arabic-French 
Arabic-German
Arabic-Turkish

Available in the following languages:

​Arabic-English 

Available in the following languages:

​Arabic-English 
Arabic-French 
Arabic-German
Arabic-Turkish

Buying our books...

Kitabna's third book, The Cat's Family, tells the tale of Noor, a cat rescued from the rubble of a city devastated by war. He is rescued by Bilal's family, and goes with them on their long journey in search of a new home. On the way, he finds a home to call his own.

The Cat's Family was first published in April 2015.

ISBN: 9780993439025