Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) proudly announced that its best-selling children’s title, A Recipe for Home, written by Ghenwa Yehia, won in several categories in the recent 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.

A Recipe for Home, published in November 2017 by HBKU Press, was named the first-place winner in the categories of ‘Cultural Diversity’ and ‘Family Matters’. It also won second place in the ‘Food Related’ category and given honourable mention in the category ‘Picture Books 6 & Older’.

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards were conceived in 2009, to recognise and honour accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, as well as highlighting up-and-coming, newly published authors, and younger published writers.

Divided into 56 distinct subject categories ranging from books on the environment and cooking to sports and family issues, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. Books that are awarded the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Book Award are original, innovative and creative in both content and design, and provide children the very best in reading excellence.

Author and award-winner Ghenwa Yehia said she was ‘delighted, humbled and honoured’ to receive such a prestigious award.

This book is so close to my heart as it was written with my personal experiences in mind, but with the knowledge that in today’s multicultural world, in it is a message that almost anyone can relate to. I am so happy about the positive reception that it has received from parents, children, and now, industry experts. I am deeply grateful to HBKU Press for believing in this story and for the wonderful team who worked hard to bring my dream to fruition.’

This is a monumental win for both the author and for HBKU Press, according to Jameela Sultan Al Mass Al Jassem, the Children’s Book Editor of HBKU Press.

International recognition for Ghenwa Yehia underlines her talents as a writer and, with regards to HBKU Press, it reaffirms that the publishing house is producing quality literature that engages, teaches, entertains children.’

The illustrator of the book, artist Inna Ogando, was thrilled to be able to bring the author’s words to life.

I am very proud of being the illustrator of A Recipe for Home. I can easily identify with the theme of the book as I myself have lived in many different countries with many different cultures, which makes the story of the book, about cultural heritage, family values and staying true to one’s roots, very dear to me.’

The book targets children aged 5 to 12 years old, although its content is relatable to both children and adults alike.

Linda F Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC, the organisers of the awards, said they had a very tight competition this year and the judges definitely had their work cut out for them.

A Recipe for Home is currently being translated in Arabic by HBKU Press.

For updates and more information about new titles and publications at HBKU Press, visit hbkupress.com.