About Us

Who we are?

Hadi Badi is an initiative that aims to promote children’s and young adult literature and creative learning in Arabic worldwide. Launched in January 2019, Hadi Badi evolved organically from the interest and engagement of its founders in Arabic children’s literature.

We are three Egyptian women passionate about Arabic language, literature, and creative learning:

Hend Badawy, Play Therapist and Child Psychiatrist

Miranda Beshara, Author, Editor, and Translator

Raneem Hassan, Child Psychiatrist

What we do?

Hadi Badi addresses the needs of the demand side (parents, educators, and children) to learn more about quality Arabic books available on the market and to have the opportunity to participate in creative and engaging activities around the Arabic language and culture; and of the supply side (authors, illustrators, publishers, artists, and cultural organizations) to gain better exposure to their work and better engage with their target audience.

We work inside and outside the Arab World with a multitude of partners to maximise impact.

Hadi Badi also provides translation, editing, idea development, and literary mediation services to interested parties.

Why we do it?

Hadi Badi is trying to bridge the awareness gap about good Arabic children and young adult books. In addition to book reviews, we provide book recommendations for specific age groups and around key topics, we contribute articles and opinion pieces, and we interview key stakeholders in the children literature sector.

We also highlight creative initiatives and projects from inside and outside the Arab World and help spread the word about different awards and competitions related to Arabic children’s and young adult literature.

Six months into our initiative, we realised that we needed to go beyond book reviews in order to make any impact and to change behaviour. We therefore decided to bridge the creative learning gap and we piloted some activities in partnership with various entities in Egypt and abroad.

The word Hadi Badi comes from a children’s rhyme in Egyptian dialect that was used in games to choose between two things.

The Hadi Badi Library Project

In partnership with the British Council International Literature Programme, Hadi Badi implemented the UK-Egypt Creative Exchange Programme in Children’s and Young Adult Literature from March 2020 – December 2022

Under this programme, Hadi Badi implemented the following three strands of activities

* Capacity building of the Hadi Badi Team*

*Knowledge sharing through our KidLit Magic Makers Series (online)*

*The Hadi Badi Library*

The Hadi Badi Library is a curated book collection in Arabic for children aged 4 to 12 years old along with a resource pack for an enjoyable reading experience. The library was distributed to nine associations working with children and teens throughout Egypt. Hadi Badi also provided training to 20 book facilitators on using the library and how to develop engaging activities for a more interactive reading experience

More information in this report (in English) and in this video (in Arabic)

Read about our latest project on the #WorldKidLitMonth Blog

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