Arabic Children's Literature,
Translations from Arabic into German
Last Revision: 12 January 2016
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- From 21-23 April 2013 the First IBBY Conference for the
Region of Central Asia and North Africa (CANA) takes place in
Sharjah. It is organized by the
UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY).
Arab Children's Literature, a regional programme to promote children's literature and reading in five Arab
countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. It is financed by the
Swedish International Development
Cooperation Agency (Sida)
and coordinated by
The Anna Lindh
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF)
The UNESCO nominated
Beirut World Book Capital for
2009. There are lots of book-centered events in 2009, organized by
the Lebanese Ministry of Culture with various partners.
Cultural Diversity in Youth Literature is just one example of many
having to do with Arab children's literature.
Literature Workshops for Children in November 2007. Pairs of
German-Lebanese authors developed creative interpretations with children and
young people on the basis of German and Lebanese children’s
storybooks. The work is documented online. The literature workshops were
being held under the High Patronage of H.E. Dr Tarek Mitri, Minister of
Culture, and were organised by the Goethe-Institut Lebanon, UNESCO Regional
Office Beirut, ASSABIL, Friends of public libraries
association and the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.
The IBBY Children in Crisis Fund of the
International Board on Books
for Young People (IBBY) has the aim to support the "therapeutic use of
books and storytelling in the form of bibliotherapy, and the creation or
replacement of collections of selected books that are appropriate to the
situation. We hope the programme will not only provide immediate support and
help, but that it will also make a long term impact in the communities, thus
supporting IBBY’s goal of giving every child the Right to Become a Reader".
Among the major projects in 2014 and 2013 are
IBBY Libraries in Gaza, Palestine 2014 for the
reconstruction of IBBY's Gaza libraries and
Syrian children in Lebanon 2013, which concentrates on a
"therapeutic programme using books, theatre and other methods"
for refugee children.
– Made in UAE organized by the Goethe-Institut in co-operation with UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), supports the development of a sustainable local children’s book industry by training young and aspiring authors and illustrators in the creative process of producing children’s books in Emirati Arabic language.
- The Etisalat Award for Arabic
Children's Literature is "launched by the UAE National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) in order to stimulate the children's book industry in the Arab World".
- The Sheikh Zayed
Book Award from the UAE "recognises significant
cultural achievements to Arabic culture".
- Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF) "strives to develop reading among children as well as improving the children's book industry standards".
- The Diary of a Stolen Thought, a free
Arabic copyright handbook for illustrators and writers, from the
Anna Lindh Foundation and Rania Zaghir, the founder of Al Khayyat Al Saghir, a
publisher of Arabic children’s books. See the website of
- Arab Children's Book Publishers'
a framework based in Sharjah, UAE, and supervised by the General Department of
Children and Girls Centers. Works under the umbrella of the Arab Publishers'
- National Sections of the
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
- The Sharjah
IBBY fund aims to help "children whose lives have been disrupted through
war, civil disorder or natural disasters in the region of Central Asia
and North Africa through implementing reading-related projects".
The fund is launched by the
United Arab Emirates Board on Books for Young
People (UAEBBY) and the
International Board on Book for Young People
(IBBY) and supported by the Sharjah government.
- ReadingStart "aims to develop a
lifelong love of reading in children across the Middle East" (by Rania El
- Access to books for disadvantaged communities in the West Bank and Gaza is
provided by the charity Book Aid
International in partnership with the British Council in Palestine and
the Tamer Institute for Community Education. Book Aid
International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and
development in various countries. It works via donations and a reverse book
Arabic Children's Literature, translations from Arabic into German
(www.petra-duenges.de, Petra Dünges).
- The Dubai International Children’s Book Fair (DICBF) was planned to be a part of the
Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation's reading strategy. In 2010, this project
indefinitely , however.
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