Alaa Koley-Basra

The library, which fills her place at home, was one of the most important reasons for the child's passion for reading and reading, which raised the spirit of adventure in writing, to become the youngest author of children's stories in Iraq, and her mother confirms her keenness to memorize her daughter Quran and attendance to prayer.

The seven-year-old Ruqaya al-Ajwadi from the southern Iraqi city of Basra began her story with authorship, after she was able to pronounce the words, until her parents pledged to teach her by reading the children's stories that were filled with the home library, Ruqaya tells Al Jazeera Net.

Ruqaya, herself the youngest author of children's stories in Iraq, qualifies her to be a successful writer in the future.He can distinguish good stories and offer positive criticism, as her mother taught her when she read the stories and adds some daily details to life.

After learning to read and write, Ruqaya says she began to write her daily diary and her moments during the day, at home, at school or in the market, and adds that every day she writes a new story, so she has a passion to continue to write her simple experiences.

Ruqayya's parents did not expect their daughter to become inspirational in writing and turn from a mere reader and listener to a children's story writer, as well as her constant quest to help her friends at school, and be a role model among her fellow students, Ruqaya's mother tells Al Jazeera Net.

Paper during the celebration at school (Al Jazeera Net)

She adds that during the follow-up paper reading, she found in it, imagination and talent and the ability to choose the character and determine its purpose and tongues of things - that is, it makes animals speak during writing - these specifications are available in the story, which prompted her and her father to invest this talent in their daughter.

Regarding the secret of Ruqaya's interest in reading, the mother points to the family's interest in providing the right atmosphere for her, from the presence of a diverse library, which includes many children's stories, and adds that after Ruqaya reads any story she is asked to tell what she has read and what drew her attention, to encourage her to criticize. Positive.

The first important step in Ruqaya's creative life, says her mother, is to print her first book, "Tales of Ruqaya" months ago, which was widely received in her city.

Paper in Mutanabi Street to buy some stories (Al Jazeera Net)

Books I have read
From the beginning of learning to read, Ruqaya has been able to read a large number of stories, and the efforts of her family, which encouraged her continuously, where she read the series of stories of human development for children, and the book 365 stories for children in the tongue of animals, as well as read purposeful cartoon stories and eager to follow them.

One of the stories that Ruqaya loved, is the stories of man and animal in the Koran, as well as moral and Islamic stories, where she was enjoying it a lot, as she was able to write down her memories and diaries in a diary, dedicated by her father, and then encouraged to write continuously.

Achieving goals
Ruqaya's family has drawn up a special program to push her forward to ensure her talent is developed. Her mother says the first goal was to write Ruqaya's book this year, keep praying, and memorize a portion of the Koran. Year from now.

Al-Ajwadi, Rukaya's father, asserts that the house has become a beehive in providing assistance and participating in the development of Rukaya's ability to achieve its goals through printing stories by her sister, while he is in the process of revising and correcting the mistakes that are received.

Tales of paper (Al Jazeera Net)

At school
Rukaya was not satisfied with her activities outside the school.He was one of the most outstanding students. She also shared some pupils with her money, eating and stationery.

The school was able to create favorable conditions for the refinement of a talent, she had a library for children, and every week there is a class where students spend their day in the library, as well as the presence of a laboratory that encouraged confidence in the hearts of children, their experiences and see the results in front of their eyes, she says Teacher Ruqaya, Professor Wafa Ghazi.

There is also a literature and etiquette that teaches public morals, as well as life skills, which focus on teaching students how to make decisions in life situations.