About Us

The Story Behind Our Stories:

Salams!
I’m Randa and this is my husband Maz and together we are the authors of the Zaydo Potato Series. Growing up here in the U.S as a Syrian-American Muslim in rural Pennsylvania wasn’t easy. But my mom managed to make everything Islam- including holidays- fun and memorable. My favorite example is the tradition she started of hiding our Eid gifts around the house. Every Eid morning, my siblings and I would have a blast hunting down our Eid treasures. Naturally, I don’t remember every Eid gift I have ever found. However, I can vividly recollect the feelings of excitement and love I had every Eid morning whilst searching for my Mom’s endless ‘Eid surprises.’ My mother did all of that and much more all the while sticking to communicating with us at ALL times in one language: Arabic.
Fast forward a few decades later, and I met my husband Maz. Today, we are the two Arab-American, fun-loving parents that are struggling to find fun ways to make Islam and Arabic learning fun and relatable to our first-born son, Zayd. I mean Maz and I try to speak Arabic with Zayd all of the time, but let me tell you the truth: the struggle is real. For that reason, we searched far and wide for Islamic and/or Arabic material that was both fun and educational, books that were interactive, that didn’t bore Zayd out of his mind or have awful outdated illustrations. Bilingual books? Forget it. They either had super funky English translations or the Arabic translation read like Google Translate.
Unfortunately, we quickly discovered that finding good quality bilingual books was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Since we couldn’t find the solution, Maz and I took it upon ourselves to create it – the Zaydo Potato series is Islamic, but not preachy; entertaining, yet educational; and for added fun we hid a potato on every page and interactive activities at the end of every book. Most importantly each book was translated, not literally, but naturally and authentically only the way a true bilingual could. Feel free to shop around and browse through our different stories, levels and titles. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope you enjoy reading the Zaydo Potato series with your little one as much as we enjoyed writing them and we hope you love the Zaydo Potato series as much as our Zaydo Potato loves them.

 

Our Mission

We aspire to…

Educate

Love to Learn

We strive to make learning the Arabic language interesting, memorable and engaging! Our high-quality materials bridge the gap between cultures through language, knowledge and understanding. We want to educate the world about the Arabic language and culture while creating a meaningful impact on society.

Empower

Stand tall and proud

Our aspiration is to empower the minds of today by creating stories and characters that they can relate to. We yearn to increase minority representation by publishing diverse stories with bilingual characters. Rummana has a dream to connect people with other parts of the world, and what better way to do it than through written word?

Inspire

Connect with the imagination

We want to inspire minorities to explore their creative sides and create their own stories. We believe in the incredible power of the pencil and strive to promote an atmosphere where others crave to put their ideas on paper!

Transform the way you learn

Some Benefits of Bilingualism:
Randa Taftaf Founder and Director

Randa Taftaf

Founder and Director of Rummana Publishing Inc.

Randa is a bilingual, Syrian-American born in Youngstown, Ohio. She grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Damascus, Syria at the age of 14. Today, she lives in Florida with her husband (Maz) and their son (Zayd).

Equipped with a fiery passion for languages and a Masters of Education, Randa is a seasoned foreign language instructor of 20+ years and counting. Over the course of her career, she has worked and published with many international and local organizations such as Pearson Education, University of Pittsburgh, USF, TESOL and UNHCR. Randa’s passion for early childhood education led her to Italy to study the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches to early childhood education directly from the source.

In hopes to share her expertise and bridge the cultures of the east and west, Randa founded Rummana Publishing Inc. with her husband Maz to create diverse, bilingual stories that represent and inspire young children.

Follow her journey on Instagram and Facebook @randataftaf.

Maz Galini Co-Founder and Creative Director

Maz Galini

Co-Founder and Creative Director of Rummana Publishing Inc.

Maz is a Lebanese-American polyglot. He is fluent in four languages (English, Arabic, French, and Spanish) and can easily step inside the mindset of other cultures. Maz is extremely tech savvy and loves to connect cultures and express himself through his business as a web designer/developer. He is also a passionate writer and an exceptional photographer.

Sharing in his wife’s vision to educate, empower and inspire future generations, Maz co-founded Rummana Publishing Inc. Although Maz currently works for a large tech company, he works on Rummana in his free time

Follow Maz’s journey on Instagram and Facebook @mazgalini.

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