Around the world in children’s books: focus on Arabic children’s literature

Starts on Thu Jun 9, 2022 6:00 PM British Summer Time (UTC+1)

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During our 3rd world tour, Arab children’s book experts will each recommend 2 titles which, according to them, should be better known.

About this event

Join us for another fascinating event focusing on little-known children’s literature.

Our panel includes:

Shereen Kreidieh is a publisher, teacher and scholar from Lebanon. She is President of the Lebanese Chapter of IBBY, current member of the International Executive Committee of IBBY and member of the jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Prize 2018.

Yasmine Motawy teaches at the American University in Cairo and is a researcher, critic, translator, editor, consultant and writing mentor in the field of children’s literature. She has served on numerous award juries, including the Bologna Ragazzi Prize Jury 2021 and the Hans Christian Andersen Prize Jury 2016 and 2018.

Salwa Shakhshir is the Managing Director of Al Salwa Publishers, an award-winning publishing house based in Amman, Jordan, dedicated to publishing children’s and YA books in Arabic. They publish books for various authors in the Arab world and for ages ranging from newborns to young adults.

John Weber is responsible for the international language sections at the International Youth Library in Munich (IYL). He was also a project manager for the IYL’s project on Arabic language children’s literature conducted between 2017 and 2021. Claudia Soeffner is an English language specialist at the IYL.

Maria Daadoush, winner of the 2022 Sheikh Zayed Book Prize in Children’s Literature is a multi-award-winning children’s author and screenwriter based between the United States and Syria, who has published over 50 books in the Arab world and the United States. His storyline includes the comedy series Maraya and the animation channel Spacetoon. She also worked as the editor of the children’s magazine Fulla Magazine. She received her BA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is one of the world’s leading prizes dedicated to Arab literature and culture. Since 2006, the prize has brought recognition, reward and readership to the outstanding work of authors, translators, publishers and organizations around the world.

Now in its 16th year, the annual award aims to recognize some of the most challenging and exciting work emerging from the Arab world or engaging with its culture, including literary and scholarly works.

The award not only recognizes major literary and cultural achievements, but also aims to boost the publishing industry through the Sheikh Zayed Translation Fellowship, which aims to help produce more quality Arabic books that are translated, published and distributed outside the Arab world. Funding is available for translation into any language of all winning and shortlisted books in the Literature and Children’s Literature categories of the Prize.

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