Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature storytelling sessions

SHARJAH, 11th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature is continuing its participation in the 46th edition of Cairo International Book Fair, which is concluding tomorrow.

Organised by UAE Board on Books for Young people and sponsored by Etisalat, the award has organised a series of storytelling sessions for a group of its award-winning authors and illustrators, including Dr. Afaf Tabala, winner of Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature 2013 for ‘Rod of Racemes and Walid Taher, winner of Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature 2010 for his book ‘The Black Dot’, during its participation. Renowned storyteller Haytham Shokry will join the sessions. The award has, also, organised a workshop for Hanadi Sleet, Winner of Best Illustrator in 2013 for ‘Rod of Racemes.

Speaking on the occasion, Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board, said: “The Cairo International Book Fair is one of the most important book fairs through which we aim to network with authors and publishers, inviting them to participate in the award, as well as to bring children and books together by introducing them to the winning books in the previous editions of the award. We strive to promote the culture of reading, instil a love of Arabic books in the hearts of children, and encourage the production of increasing number of high quality Arabic books.” She added that the reading sessions organised by the award aim to inspire children not only to be readers, but also to develop a life-long love of books so that they may engage in book publishing in the future, and have a career in writing or illustration.

The one million AED Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, one of the region’s largest and most prestigious children’s literature awards, aims to support and develop the children’s book industry in the Arab World and to recognise the outstanding books which address topics that enrich children’s literature and encourage publishers, authors and illustrators to produce creative children’s books in the Arabic language.