A new professional program and $300,000 to support translations marked 30 years of commitment to reading and literacy at the Sharjah International Book Fair.
The Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature was established promote reading among Arabic-speaking families and books featuring Middle Eastern characters
The Yale Publishing Course attracted 65 publishers from 18 countries. Bodour Al Qasimi, a children’s book publisher from the UAE, shares four key takeaways.
SHARJAH: “The Arab-speaking world does not have a reading culture per se as in the West,” says Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, daughter of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. “Parents don’t read bedtime stories to their children and there is a tendency for parents to rely on schools to give their children their first reading experience.” As …