11 Words for Love

Randa Abdel-Fattah and Maxine Beneba Clarke

A moving and joyful book for children from all backgrounds about the many ways we love, from award-winning author Randa Abdel-Fattah and acclaimed illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke.

There are eleven words for love, and my family knows them all.

A family flees their homeland to find safety in another country, carrying little more than a suitcase full of love.

As their journey unfolds, the oldest child narrates 11 meanings for love in Arabic as her family show, and are shown, all different kinds of love in their new home, and they also remember the love they have for their homeland and for those left behind or lost along the way.

In the Arabic language, there are over 50 words describing the degrees of love. That’s 50 stories, 50 life-worlds. This lyrical and heartwarming book takes you on a journey through 11 of these Arabic expressions for love.

a beautifully rendered, timely picture book created with heart'

- Books+Publishing

Acquiring Publisher
Jeanmarie Morosin
Children's Books: Picture books

Randa Abdel-Fattah and Maxine Beneba Clarke

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Palestinian Egyptian Muslim writer, academic, former lawyer and the multi-award-winning author of 11 books published in over 20 countries, including multiple translations, stage productions in the US and Australia, and a graphic novel series. Randa was nominated for Sweden’s 2019 and 2018 Astrid Lindgren Award, the world’s biggest children’s and young adult literature award.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian poet and writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the ABIA and Indie award-winning author of The Hate Race, Foreign Soil and Carrying the World. She is the author of five books for children, including Wide, Big World, Fashionista, the Children’s Book Council of Australia and Boston Globe/Horn Prize award-winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, and the critically acclaimed picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter.

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11 Words for Love
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