1001 Inventions New Children’s Book Selected as Best Biography

by 1001 Inventions Published on: 22nd November 2016

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Junior Library Guild Honours National Geographic Readers Book on Ibn al-Haytham


Junior Library Guild (JLG) Honours National Geographic Readers Book on Ibn al-Haytham

1001 Inventions is delighted that it’s new children book “Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How we See”, published in partnership with National Geographic Kids, has been presented the prestigious designation “A Junior Library Guild Selection” as a Best Biography of 2016.

The Junior Library Guild (JLG) mission is to help libraries selectively choose from the mass of books published every season and pick what’s best for their children and young-adults collections. As such the Junior Library Guild editorial team reviews thousands of new titles each year and end up choosing what they say is “the best of the best.”

The new first-of-its-kind Children’s book is part of the National Geographic Kids Readers Series. This is the first time the series features themes from Muslim Civilisation. The book follows Ibn al-Haytham’s inspirational story with dazzling illustrations and fascinating facts. The story takes readers on a wondrous journey of the pioneering scientific thinker who made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light and achieved breakthroughs that still influence our world today.

Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions said:

We are honoured for this prestigious accolade by the Junior Library Guild, a major force in the children’s book community in the US.  We hope that such distinguished recognition will help spread Ibn al-Haytham’s inspirational story to as many children as possible. 1001 Inventions aims by revealing such enlightening stories of pioneering men and women of different faiths and cultures, from the golden age of discovery and creativity in Muslim Civilisation, to help bridge cultural gaps and promote diversity and inclusion.”

Click Here to buy the book from Amazon UK

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Ibn al-Haytham book that has been ‘Best Seller’ on Amazon was released in Arabic earlier this month. The book was made available in the Arabic language through collaboration between 1001 Inventions and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS).

The “Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” book is part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 in celebration of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light. The global campaign “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”, that has engaged more than 25 million people around the world, continues to reach out to global audiences through the short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif, music album by international acclaimed singer Sami Yusuf, interactive exhibits, and learning materials in addition to the best seller Ibn al-Haytham book.


About Junior Library Guild

Junior Library Guild (JLG) is a book review and collection development service helping thousands of school and public libraries acquire the best new children’s and young adult books, saving them both time and money.


About National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core.


About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.


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