This series not only provides interesting historical information but will also go a long way in developing a sense of pride among Pakistani children regarding their history and cultural heritage. A simple yet engaging style and narration of anecdotes makes it lively and exciting for young readers.
A Childrens History of Sindh
Urdu Translation by Fahmida Riaz Sindhi Translation by Badar Abro This book introduces children to the rich history of Sindh—a land that was home to one of the oldest civilizations of the world. Beautifully illustrated, this book not only traces the footsteps of the invaders and foreigners who set foot in Sindh—from the Aryans, Persians, Greeks, and Arabs to the Mughals and finally, the British—but also talks about the local dynasties that left their mark. The book has also been translated in Urdu and Sindhi.
A Childrens History of Punjab
In this book, which begins in the pre-partition days, a young girl Abida's Interest in the history of Punjab is developed when she asks her uncle to tell her about the history of 'the land of five rivers' and to take her to explore the historic sites of this land.
As she learns about foreign invasions, Buddhist influence, romantic legends, the contribution of the Mughal emperors and the British, Abida is so fascinated by the story of Punjab that she grows up to become a historian herself!
A Childrens History of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Two girls, Hafsa and Ansa, travel to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and on the way discover a wealth of Information about the history of this region—how these valleys have echoed the footsteps of Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and the British as they went across and left their mark in the region.
A Children’s History of Balochistan (forthcoming) A Children’s History of Gilgit-Baltistan (forthcoming)
Bachon Ke Dramay
Introducing the traditional dresses of Pakistan Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj Whenever we speak of Urdu drama, the first name that comes to mind is ‘Anarkali’. It has been penned by Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj who is also well-known as a writer in the field of children’s literature. The dramas presented in this book have been written for young readers. They can be presented on the stage in school or enacted in the classroom or at home.
Bano, Billoo, and Amai: The Paper Doll Book
Introducing the Traditional Dresses of Pakistan Fauzia Aziz Minallah Amai, the bird of light, introduces you to her young friends Bano and Billoo. They live in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. They both speak Urdu. Amai wishes for a peaceful Pakistan. It can only happen when children learn to respect each other’s language and traditions. In this book Bano and Billoo along with Amai travel to different parts of the country, dress up in different traditional clothes, and find out about the languages, food, and music of different regions of Pakistan.
Amai and the Banyan tree
Amai and the Banyan Tree Fauzia Minallah Ma Banyan is very sad and Seema and Ali can’t understand why. So Amai, the bird of light, turns into a shooting star and takes them both on a very exciting and educational journey, by the end of which Seema and Ali know what to do to make Ma Banyan happy.
Its Story Time
This series of imaginatively written stories caters mainly to readers of 5–14 years. The stories are by talented Pakistani authors writing in English. Each story has an environment familiar to Pakistani children and takes into account the sensitivities of the region. It is hoped that the stories will also inspire their readers to write confidently in English.
Its Story Time - Book Covers
Kitabon Ki Kehkashan
Beautifully illustrated in full colour, the stories in Kitabon ki Kehkashan are written in a lively and engaging manner. Wide ranging in subject matter, the inspiration behind them is the storytelling tradition passed on down the generations. Most of the stories in this collection carry a moral lesson, thus serving the dual purpose of entertainment and education.
Language, Gender and Power
The Politics of Representation and Hegemony in South Asia Shahid Siddiqui
The book focuses on the role of language as a powerful tool in representing and structuring the world. It explores how language can help construct stereotypes, identities, and human relationships. By constructing stereotypes language also manifests and perpetuates gender differences. The author examines how gender is in fact made up on a continuous basis in different linguistic and artistic expressions, e.g., sayings and proverbs, jokes, songs, films, TV plays, newspapers, theatre, and slogans behind vehicles, and reveals how these apparently playful activities strengthen gender stereotypes unnoticed. The book highlights the politics of representation and hegemony with regard to women with special reference to language.
Tasveeri Kahani Silsila / Graphic Stories
Graphic Stories are a popular genre of writing in English as well as in many other languages, and popular in many countries. However, there were no locally produced graphic stories in Pakistan in English, Urdu, or any of the regional languages before the publication of Abdul Sattar Edhi. The richly pictorial presentation of text in this genre is fascinating for children, and effective in attracting reluctant readers to the world of books.
Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi Amina Azfar Based on the life of Pakistan’s most outstanding social worker, Abdul Sattar Edhi is the first title in the Graphic Stories series published by Oxford University Press, Pakistan. This title describes the life of Abdul Sattar Edhi—one of the greatest Pakistanis—and has been written in a simple, readable style. It is enlivened by attractive coloured illustrations. This graphic story presents key events from Abdul Sattar Edhi’s life and his contribution to Pakistani society in a reader-friendly manner.
Akhter Hameed Khan
Akhter Hameed Khan Rumana Husain Akhtar Hameed Khan is the second title in the Graphic Stories series based on the life of prominent Pakistanis. This graphic story gives us pictorial glimpses of the renowned philanthropist Akhtar Hameed Khan’s life, who left his government job before the creation of Pakistan to start social work for deprived people. His biggest achievement was the Orangi Pilot Project, where he showed people how they could achieve bigger goals through self-help.
Oxford Reading Treasures
Oxford Reading Treasures Nicholas Horsburgh Oxford Reading Treasure is a fun-filled reading package designed for children in the six to ten years’ age group. It features 15 books containing tales of laughter, adventure, fantasy, and real life. The books will infuse the joy of reading in young readers and improve fluency and comprehension. Oxford Reading Treasure will aid in developing good reading habits.
Oxford Reading Treasures Covers
Rumana Husain This is a series of bilingual books with a rural theme; they depict both the problems and simplicity of village life.
Rani and the Flood
Rani is a little village girl—confident and curious, happy-go-lucky and playful, as well as keen on learning. The village where she lives has been surrounded by flood water. This story is about how Rani and her family face the disaster with courage and hope.
Rani and Bholi
Bholi, the water buffalo, is Rani’s friend. In this story Bholi has disappeared and Rani is worried. Where could she have gone? Does Rani succeed in finding her friend?
When Nature Strikes
Survive and Thrive We Can Do It!
M. Patrice Khan and Lissa Lazaro
When Nature Strikes is an activity book especially designed for young survivors—children who have lived through natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, etc. Such calamities cause much devastation, loss, and suffering. Even when one physically survives an event, emotional survival can be a challenge—psychological healing is much more complex and may require therapy. The exercises and activities in the book are intended to provide the much-needed psychological as well as emotional help to the children, to cope with the trauma and shock in the aftermath of the crisis. When Nature Strikes is meant to help children help themselves.