Saturday 13 December 2008
The Azar Yazdi Library named after the Iranian author of children’s books M. Azar Yazdi was recently opened at the Azad Shahr district in Yazd.
The library opened with a collection of seven thousand books of which 4000 were written by Azar Yazdi who himself is a citizen of Yazd.
Azar Yazdi is the author of Good Stories for Good Children which won a UNESCO prize in 1966 and was selected as Iran’s best book of the year in 1967.
The library has several different sections and study rooms with the capacity of 160 seats.
The 87-year-old Azar Yazdi began writing for children in 1956. He has written seven books, each of which is an adaptation of a Persian literary classic, rewritten for children in an easy-to-understand style.
Published in eight volumes, Good Stories for Good Children provides children with access to the great works of Persian literature such as the Gulistan (“The Rose Garden”), the Masnavi-ye Manavi, the Marzban-Nameh and the Sinbadnameh.
Yazdi has also written Adam which was chosen as Iran’s book of the year in 1968.