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Shamsa's Box

Books for kids ages 3 - 5 years

We love feeding children’s curiosity and helping them develop a good appetite for reading through this box. It includes 2 books (1 Arabic and 1 English), and a guide that gives you summaries of the books so that you’ll know what they’re about before you hand them to your child to excitedly unwrap.

Zayed's Box

Books for kids ages 6 - 9 years

When children start school, a lot of stress is placed on independent reading and as a result, many children lose their appetite for books. We choose fun and light books for this box to make sure your child rides through this regression period and enjoys the lifelong benefits of reading. It includes 2 books (1 Arabic and 1 English) beautifully wrapped and a quick overview of the books for the parents.

Layla's Box

Books for kids ages 0 - 2 years

It’s never too early to start reading to your child. This box is perfect to support your child’s development during these very important early years. The box comes with 2 books inside (1 Arabic and 1 English), and a parent’s guide that gives you summaries of the books (because they come beautifully wrapped for your child to unwrap) and tips on how to read them.


Reading to children has tremendous benefits

towards their cognitive development, language skills, emotional intelligence, concentration, and strengthening the bond with parents. It is also a great alternative to screen time.


Consistency is key to developing lifelong habits

and we started The Bookshelf so that busy parents like us have one less thing to worry about: buying the BEST Arabic and English books for their kids on a regular basis.


We carefully choose the content of our books

to suit our belief systems, our values, and our tolerant modern communities. We take our children's developing brains and personalities very seriously and treat them with the utmost respect.

Why Subscribe to The Bookshelf?

How it works?


Subscribe before the 15th of the month


Receive your box at the end of the same month


Go through the guide in the box


Enjoy reading with your kids and grow your home library

Pause or Cancel Anytime

Easily manage your subscription (pause or cancel) through your account.

Free Delivery

We offer free delivery all over the United Arab Emirates.


“Our subscription to The Bookshelf is a real pleasure, starting with receiving the box of books wrapped as a present, which evokes our child’s curiosity and delight. That is then followed by our browsing and reading the carefully selected books. The Bookshelf created beautiful memories for our family where we communicate away from the numbness of screens that steal these precious moments from us without us noticing. They also put on our shelves a rich legacy of interesting children's books that stimulate their intellectual development. We love The Bookshelf sooooo much!”

Alya, mother of Khalid (4 years old)

I started The Bookshelf because every child deserves to be raised around books and have compassionate parents who read to them at bedtime. The Bookshelf is an Emarati brand built with a lot of passion and love; for reading, for our children, for our diverse community, for our young but marvelous country. Our vision is to help parents raise strong-willed and independent individuals; Game Changers.

Nada, Founder & CEO

What happens if we subscribe after the 15th of the month?

We will not have enough time to send you your first box at the end of the same month, so you'll receive it at the end of the following month. 

Do you ship internationally?

At the moment, we only ship to the United Arab Emirates. 

What happens if we already own a copy of a book you sent us?

We do a lot of research before selecting the books that go in our boxes. A lot of them you will not find in mainstream bookstores. With that said, we do choose best-selling and award-winning books for our boxes, which means you might get a copy of a book you already own. In this case, we highly encourage you to give the extra copy to someone, donate it, or even sell it to a second-hand bookstore. If you are unsure where to donate/sell your books, reach out to us and we'll be happy to point you to our partners. 

Do you accept cash on delivery?

We only accept online payments. 

Can I get a refund?

Our boxes are non-refundable. 

Do we keep the books we receive or return them?

All the books you receive from us are yours to keep. 

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