$270,000 Arabic Kid’s Lit Prize Under New Management

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats The Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature is under new management. The annual award, created in 2009 will no longer be directed by the Arab Children’s Book Publishers Forum. The responsibility of organizing the hefty award, worth 1 million dirhams (about $270,000), has been handed over to the United Arab Emirates Board on Books for Young People …

New Prize Urges Arabic Kid’s Publishers to Compete

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

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 …