Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha Al Khayat
Maitha Al Khayat is an Emirati children’s author and illustrator with over 175 publications; some translated into English, Turkish and Italian. She delights children with her quirky yet cultural stories through interactive storytelling and workshops.

Her picture book My Own Special Way was awarded best children’s books at the Children’s Forum in Riyadh, 2011, and was also translated into English and Turkish. It was shortlisted for best book in translation for Marsh Awards 2013. Her other book Turn Off The Lights was awarded best children’s book at the Publisher’s Association in Sharjah in 2016. Father’s Date Palm Trees which featured her illustrations was shortlisted for best picture book at the Zayed Book Award in 2020. Her recent picture book Grandma Moudy Fashionista is also translated into Italian. Maitha has written for children’s TV shows such as Iftah Ya Simsim, Sesame Street and Hamdoon, an Emirati animated show.

Maitha enjoys reading picture books to children and her three cats.