Founded in 1947, Samir Éditeur is a well-established Beirut-based francophone publishing house specializing in children’s books and textbooks. We publish in both French and Arabic languages, and our books are distributed worldwide.
Our children’s book list includes picture books, first readers, fiction and non-fiction titles for ages 2 to 17. We publish original content as well as carefully curated translations such as Roald Dahl’s books. Our family of culturally and geographically diverse authors and illustrators enriches our catalogue with award-winning titles, such as our YA title "Caballero" that won 3 awards and got 3 mentions in France (2017-2018) or our picture book "Raconte encore, grand-mère !" that won the Prix Chronos (2016). Our latest YA novel "Droit devant" won 2 special jury prizes in France in 2020 and is currently shortlisted for 4 French literary awards.
Our books have been translated into Chinese (simplified and complex), Korean, English, Spanish (Catalan, Castellano, Galician), Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Farsi, Turkish…
In 2018, Samir Éditeur was shortlisted for the BCBF's BOP Award– Best of Publishing. And we are proud and blessed to be shortlisted again this year. You can vote for us here:
The Beirut port explosion in August 2020 destroyed our offices, and the massive economic crisis Lebanon is going through has made us halt production for the time being. But our spirit and our drive to give our children the best reading experience remain undaunted, and we hope to be around for another 70 years!