A national network of resources and information about the Middle East

The 2014 Middle East Book Awards were presented at the Middle East Outreach Council educators’ workshop on literature on Saturday, November 22. Now in its fourteenth year, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality publications in three categories: Picture Book, Youth Literature, and Youth Nonfiction (not awarded this year).

Picture Book Award Winner

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of Education by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Suana Verelst, Kids Can Press, 2013

Set in a village in Afghanistan, Razia and her family watch as a new school is being built–just for girls!

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New Literature Projects and Techniques for Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) will sponsor a Saturday Seminar and Workshop in which expert speakers introduce three new projects for the classroom on literature related to the Middle East and to Muslims. In each project, excellent books have been paired with resources for background context and discussion.

Attendees will have time to delve into the books and shorter works with their colleagues at the seminar. We will provide an opportunity to create lesson plans with the books for participants to present at their schools or libraries. (more…)

Free photo resource!

MEOC is proud to make available a growing archive of member contributed photographs taken in the Middle East. These copyright-friendly photographs are licensed for use in the classroom or for non-commercial projects. Browse the galleries and help yourself!
  • From the MEOC photo archive:

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