Books for Children

Zarina- The Dress-up Doll:

Zarina the Dress up Doll was published in 1988,  it was the first P{akistani Dress up doll book. It promotes the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan through the traditional dresses from 5 different regions of Pakistan

Amai’s Wish: 

Published in 2002. Self published. Illustrated and written by Fauzia Minallah this book promotes empathy for others’ suffering. Inspired by , the September 11 attacks in the US, it features Amrican child who lost her father in 9/11 and Bibi an Afghan child who had to suffer displacement due to the bombing that followed.

Love Pakistan- Protect the Environment: 

published in 2004. Published by the Ministry of Environment. This booklet promotes the protection of trees, highlights the importance of trees and the conservation of water. This design was also used on a postage stamp by the Pakistan Post Office. 

Children of Light 

Published by ACTIONAID in 2004. Written, illustrated and designed by Fauzia Minallah.   In this book, Amai introduces Pakistani children to an Indian child. The book’s aim is to promote peace and tolerance between India and Pakistan, and create awareness about the horror of nuclear weapons. ‘Children of Light’, was published by ACTIONAID and distributed free of cost in Pakistani schools.  

Sadako’s Prayer

Was published in 2006, by the Asian Network of Trust, Hiroshima. Written, illustrated and designed by Fauzia Minallah.  ‘Sadako’s Prayer’ is about a young victim of the Hiroshima nuclear holocaust. In this book, Amai features with Sadako, an 11 year old Japanese girl who survived the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Since her story is true, Sadako makes a fine symbol of hope for children traumatized by conflict or environmental disasters. After the devastating earthquake of 2005, the book was distributed free of cost among children living in the earthquake-affected areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Widely distributed in Pakistani schools, it has been translated into Dari and distributed in schools in Afghanistan. It is also translated into Japanese . ANT plans to translate it into Hindi in 2010. The ‘Sadako Project’ team won the Hiroshima Citizen’s Award for promotion of Peace Education in 2007 .  Sadako’s Prayer was launch at South Asian Free Media Association Read More

Sadako’s Prayer in the Press:



Material on Health and Hygiene developed for UNICEF

Developed Material targeting Children for schools and relief camps through out the Earthquake areas. The material included a snakes and ladders game for children where snakes are ‘bad practices’ and ladders are ‘good practices’,  Colorful posters using the image of Meena, the official cartoon character of UNICEF on the importance of ‘Hand washing’, ‘Laterine use’ and ‘Clean Drinking Water’. These messages were also printed on copies used in ‘child friendly areas’ in relief camps and schools etc  in Bagh , Muzzafarabad and Mansehra.


'Sadako's Prayer' in Braille

Braille version of 'Sadako's Prayer'
Braille version of 'Sadako's Prayer'
Braille version   of   'Sadako's Prayer'
Braille version of 'Sadako's Prayer'
Braille version of 'Sadako's Prayer'

Braille version of 'Sadako's Prayer' launched as a part of the “International Sight Day” at Almaktoom Center for the Visually Impaired

International Sight Day was observed in the Almaktoom Center for the Visually Impaired Islamabad., Special events were organized at the Almaktoom Center, for children to highlight the talents and the hopes and aspirations of children who are blind or visually impaired. Funkor Childart Center Islamabad organized art activities for children, they were asked to paint a beautiful world as they feel it. 12-year-old Irtiza drew 11 suns, because according to him he wants the world to shine with light that is why there were so many suns in his drawing. For 13-year-old Shehrish trees made the world beautiful while for 14-year-old Nida water is the most important gift for a beautiful world. Many children with partial sight painted apples, bananas and other fruits. While blind children used special material for ‘Tactile Drawing’ children with low vision used paints and brushes.

A special book reading session was organized as a launch of the Braille version of ‘Sadako’s Prayer’ a book written and illustrated by Fauzia Minallah and published by Asian Network of Trust Hiroshima. Later on the children were asked questions about the book and the message. To which most of the children said the book is about 'Hope'. As a finale a Musical program was organized, in which children sang ‘Naats’ and songs which made some of them get up from their seats and enjoy the music. Almaktoom Centre, Sight Savers Pakistan and Funkor Childart Center jointly organized the activities.


'Sadako's Prayer' in Afghanistan

Distribution of Dari version of 'Sadako's Prayer' in Afghanistan

Sadako's Prayer was distributed among the children in some provinces like Bamyan and Parwan provinces they were also distributed in Kabul and other cities of Afghanistan. This was made possible by Asian Network of Trust, Hiroshima.


Wings of Love
by Noman and Azra Najib - The Herald  February, 2002 

As we sat glued to the TV screen on September 11 last year, we were hardly aware of the fact that our five-year old son was also absorbing each and every image that was being flashed repeatedly on satellite channels across the globe. A couple of weeks down the road, schools were shut down in anticipation of US attack on Afghanistan . When our son came  home with the closure notice, we asked him if he knew why his school was closed. “Yes,” he grinned happily. “It was because the big city was burning  I always want the big city to burn.”   
That was when we realised that we should have made some effort to explain to our son why the big city was burning and why it was not a good thing. But how were we supposed to do that? After all, one doesn’t talk about terrorism and counter terrorism to a five-year-old. As if on cue, Fauzia Aziz Minallah has come with up with her brilliant Amai’s wish, a children book pegged  on the event of September 11, that counters the quandary in which many parents may find themselves. Cleverly creating a world of easily accessible symbols that interact on the basis of simple principle, Minallah tries to explain to a child why some people resort to flying planes into building and what one can do to stop them . Amai is a shiny dove who loves to befriend kids with bright , shiny hearts that are full of love and kindness. To do so, she flies all over the world, making friends whom she keeps visiting from time to time. Amai’s wish begins with the dove’s arrival in New York as the WTC towers are crumbling.

Gently but intelligently, Minallah creates a distinction between the people of the developed and the developing world-a distinction that is restricted to the colour of their respective skins. Otherwise, the “pink  people” of the developed world are no different from the “beige people” of the developing nations. Both are driven by similar emotions- cruelty , kindness, love, hatred, care and indifference-and both are equally capable of resorting to extremes .But through Amai’s efforts, we learn that wounds, no matter how deep, can be healed as long as someone is willing to make the required effort.

Minallah’s definition are simple and effective-for instance, the US is the Land of Plenty  and Afganistan the Land of Hard Times-as is Amai’s challenge, which is to make kids shun hatred and turn towards love. But what one finds truly remarkable about Amai’s Wish is that is draws no permanent conclusions. There are no happy endings, neither sad ones as Amai  realizes the enormity of her task and seeks recourse to prayer. And hence Amai’s wish that all children be filled with love and kindness. That is as close as one gets to telling kids that there are no full stops in the real world. Minallah’s illustration are similar to her text in character: bold and expressive yet simple enough to be understood by five-year-olds.

We read the book out our son and his attention did not waver for a moment. We could see his excitement at  Minallah’s description of the Land of plenty, as well as the frown on his face when it come to Bibi’s  life in the Land of Hard Times . And as soon as we were finished, the first question he asked us was, “when will all the bright, shiny doves reach Bibi?” Now here is an argument as compelling as any that Amai’s wish ought to be
Compulsory reading in any school worth its salt.                                                                

The Herald, February 2002


Flight of Fancy
Newsline, March 2002

Amai’s Wish, a book for children written and illustrated by Fauzia Minallah, is inspired by the tragedy that struck the New York ’s twin towers on September 11.
In the immediate aftermath of the event, divisions of colour and creed were sharpened and used to isolate people from each other. Fauzia uses these divisions as allegorical references to create a story peopled by the pink people and the beige people, set against the backdrop of the Land of plenty ( United States ) and the Land of Hard Times ( Afghanistan ).

The story tells of Amai the dove’s visit in September to her pink friends in the Land of  Plenty and then later to Bibi, her beige friend in the Land of Hard Times to warn her that “the Pink rulers were going to do something horrible in the Land of Hard Times.” Such political commentary forms part of the narrative. Thus, the 19 beige men who had destroyed the towers are said to have been “very angry with the pink people who ruled the land of Plenty . They were very angry because the Pink rulers were very unkind and unfair to some beige people.” The Taliban are described as “not being very kind to little girls.” Underlying the tale is the idea that no one can, or should be, judged on the basis of their skin colour. A simple enough lesson perhaps, but one whose importance for children cannot be underestimated in a world driven by prejudice.  

Colour plays another integral role in Fauzia’s book ; luscious illustrations of doe-eyed children spill across its pages like tipped over paint pots. In short, Amai’s Wish appeals to a child’s heart and his eye-and the child within each one of us.