(MENAFN Editorial) The UAE Board on Books for Young People is gearing up to participate in the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival, which will take place at Sharjah Expo Centre from 15-25 April, with a lineup of workshops and reading sessions as part of the 'Read, Dream, Create' initiative.
The first activity by the UAEBBY during this participation will be the launch of the 6th Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature, an AED1 million award that aims to encourage publishers to adopt children books and inspire writers and illustrators to develop their skills and tools and improve the quality of language used in these books, which will both serve children literature and enrich their culture.
Marwa Obaid Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board, said: "We are eager to enhance our participation in Sharjah Children's Reading Festival as the largest event in the UAE that gathers children and young adults throughout 11 days. We would like to benefit from this annual gathering and to communicate with young audience, authors, illustrators, publishers and all children book professionals and to introduce our projects and initiatives to them. We want them also to join us in the reading sessions which we organize in presence of writers and illustrators to create better interaction between children and writers of their books".
She added: "During this participation, we will launch the 6th Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature, which is considered as one of the most important awards dedicated to children's literature in the Arab World. This award aims to enrich the culture reading and to instill te love of Arabic books in the hearts of children by highlighting the best works of writers, illustrators and publishers.
The festival is an ideal platform for us to introduce this award to publishers, writers and illustrators and encourage them to participate in this competition, particularly following the restructure of the award last year and the addition of new categories to expand the scope of participations for all children book industry professionals in the Arab World"
The UAEBBY will enable visitors to learn about its project "Books - Made in UAE" which was launched in collaboration with Goethe Institut Gulf Region, to encourage the development of Emirati-made children's books with texts and illustrations reflecting the cultural values and interests of Emirati children. The project aims to build capacity and skills of young Emirati authors and illustrators under the supervision of a group of specialized international experts
Young visitors will have the opportunity to attend reading sessions and various activities as part of "Read, Dream, Create" initiative which was launched by the UAEBBY last year with the aim to encourage interaction between young people and books and build their capacity in reading, writing, innovation and creativity. The campaign is designed to motivate children and young people to read and develop their skills through reading, interpreting stories and turning their ideas into stories that are well written. This will aid the UAEBBY to better understand the needs of the Arab child and thereby indentify the issues and topics that should be addressed in Arabic children's literature.