Thinking Children Become Thinking Adults

BOOKS to entertain and help children and young adults understand themselves and their world.

Welcome to Hoopoe Books!

Hoopoe Books is an imprint of The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge – ISHK (, an educational nonprofit founded more than four decades ago. Our goal is to publish books that not only entertain but help children and young adults understand themselves and their world.

Hoopoe books uncover the ancient and wonderful world of oral and written storytelling from a time before societies had formal schools when stories were the way in which everyone learned the much-needed universal lessons of tolerance and appreciation of all cultures. Through these stories the children of today can develop an understanding of the universality of our natures, our hopes and dreams and an appreciation of the diverse ways in which they are expressed.

Our “All About Me” series provides good, solid, scientifically validated information for young adults to help them understand the challenges they face as they move into adolescence and become young adults.

To read a description and to preview any of our titles, select the age of the reader under and choose.

Hoopoe Literacy Outreach

With the help of volunteers and donors, we are able to print and donate millions of beautifully illustrated traditional Teaching-Stories by Idries Shah to underserved children, currently through three donation programs: Share Literacy, Books for Afghanistan and Books for Pakistan.

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