A little less than two years ago, I had the privilege of going to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, to conduct writing training for teachers in the region with my good friend and colleague, Libby Jachles.
It was a magnificent experience from beginning to end. Of course, one of the issues we ran into over and over again was language: Arabic. Many teachers work with English and Arabic, but the rest only know Arabic.
The International team at Scholastic undertook the project of translating and publishing my core writing books into Arabic for the teachers in the region or any place it might be helpful. What a huge project! And now, they are here, sitting on my desk, making me smile from ear to ear.