A Palestinian Story Time: Aya Ghanameh & Hannah Moushabeck

Sunday, March 17, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032


Join Word Up for a special story time for kids centering Palestinian stories of home. Aya Ghanameh will be sharing her story These Olive Trees about a Palestinian family’s ties to the land, and how one young girl finds a way to care for her home, even as she says goodbye. Hannah Moushabeck will be sharing Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine, an autobiographical love letter to home, to family, and to the persisting hope of people that transcends borders.

Following the reading, there will be activities on Palestinian culture.

Aya Ghanameh is a Palestinian illustrator, writer, and designer from Amman, Jordan currently based in New York City. Her work moves away from state-centric ways of thinking to center the voices of ordinary people in historical and political narratives. Her debut picture book, These Olive Trees (Viking Books, 2023), is inspired by the experiences of her family who cultivated her love of the earth throughout her upbringing in exile. Aya graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Literary Arts & Studies. Previously a Children's Books & Gifts Design Fellow at Chronicle Books, she is now a Designer at Penguin Workshop at Penguin Random House.

Hannah Moushabeck is a second-generation Palestinian American author, editor, and marketer who was raised in a family of booksellers and publishers in Western Massachusetts and England. Born in Brooklyn into Interlink Publishing, a family-run independent publishing house, she learned the power of literature at a young age. Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine is her first picture book. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts on the homelands of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc Nations.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all times. 

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Word Up Community Bookshop reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including but not limited to safety concerns.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Please note Word Up has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during any event, virtual or in-person. Please read our Safe Space Policy for more information. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. Please report all harassment to events@wordupbooks.com immediately.

PHOTOS & RECORDING: Events may be recorded, and video and photos may be posted on our website, social media, and elsewhere. If you would prefer not to be visible, please let a Word Up team member know.

PRIVACY: Registrants will be added to the Word Up mailing list. Your contact information will never be shared or sold. You may unsubscribe or update your subscription at any time.

ACCESSIBILITY: Recirculation is a wheelchair-accessible space with one ramp from the street level down to the store. Most of the shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. The bathrooms are not yet ADA compliant and do not yet have a changing table but are gender neutral. The events are mic’d for sound and videos are captioned when possible. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to request interpretation as early as possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@wordupbooks.com.

Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine By Hannah Moushabeck, Reem Madooh (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hannah Moushabeck, Reem Madooh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781797202051
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - March 28th, 2023

These Olive Trees By Aya Ghanameh, Aya Ghanameh (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aya Ghanameh, Aya Ghanameh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593525180
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2023

Dear Muslim Child By Rahma Rodaah, Aya Ghanameh (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rahma Rodaah, Aya Ghanameh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063091993
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 6th, 2024