The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

Scholastic seems to be remembering Woodrow Wilson's excellent advice. The world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books sent more than 7 million translated volumes into schools in the Middle East and North Africa through a new project called My Arabic Library.

Arab educators picked the titles they wanted and suggested changes in cover art, like putting long sleeves on Joanna Spyri's Heidi, one of my favorite children's book characters.

Schools and libraries in the United States are ordering the books too, which doesn't surprise me as Arabic is the fourth most widely spoken language on the planet.