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Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha Al Khayat is an international children’s author and illustrator from the UAE. With 170 publications, she delights children with her quirky yet cultural stories through interactive storytelling and workshops.  

Her picture book My Own Special Way received an award for Best Children’s Book at Riyadh Children’s Forum in 2011 and was shortlisted for best book in translation for the Marsh Awards in the UK, 2013. It has been translated into English and Turkish.  

Turn Off the Lights was awarded best children’s book at Publisher’s Association in Sharjah, 2016 and she illustrated Father’s Date Palm Trees, which was shortlisted for best picture book at the Zayed Book Award 2020. Her recent picture book Grandma Moudy Fashionista has been translated into Italian.   

Maitha also writes for children’s TV shows including Iftah Ya Simsim, and Hamdoon, an Emirati cartoon show.