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International projects on Arabic children's literature
with information in English, German, French or Spanish
Projects with information in English about Arabic children's literature
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 are
IBBY Libraries in Gaza, Palestine 2017 for the
reconstruction of IBBY's Gaza libraries and
Syrian Children in Lebanon: Syrian Refugees Bibliotherapy Project,
which concentrates on a
therapeutic programme using books, theatre and
other methods for refugee children.
- The project
Books – 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
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,
Anna Lindh Foundation and Rania Zaghir, the founder of Al Khayyat Al Saghir, a
publisher of Arabic children’s books. See the website of the
Anna Lindh Foundation.
Arab Children's Book Publishers' Forum,
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)
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.
- Access to books for disadvantaged communities worlwide is
provided by the charity
Book Aid International in partnership with the British Council in
Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy,
education and development in various regions, for example in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories, where it works together with
the Tamer Institute for Community Education.
in cooperation with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi and
the winners of the
Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Arabic Literature (SZBA)
There is a
Translation Fund Initiative to encourage European publishers to translate and publish more work by Arabic authors.
Funding will prioritize three languages: French, English and German.
LITPROM promotes books and authors from the following categories:
Young Author, Literature, Children's Books.
LITPROM presents short biographies of some
authors with links to more information. Further, it gives descriptions of some winning titles of the SZBA (in German).
With respect to children's books, these are the
winners for the years 2012, 2017, 2019 and 2020:
the picture book
Bila Qubba'ah (Hatless) by Lateefa Buti (text) and Doha Al Khteeb (illustration),
the juvenile book
Al-Fata al-ladhi Absara Lawna al-Hawa (The Boy Who Saw the Color of Air) by Abdo Wazen,
the picture book
I Dream to be a Concrete Mixer by Hussain Al Mutawaa (text) and Walid Taher (illustration). (For a
sample of a translation into English, see the blog
ArabLit: Arabic Literature and Translation by M. Lynx Qualey).
the picture book
The Lilac Girl by Ibtisam Barakat (text) and Tamam al-Akhal (illustration)
Arabic Children's Literature, translations from Arabic into German
(www.petra-duenges.de, Petra Dünges).
- ArabKidLitNow!, a blog which aims to provide
a fresh view on contemporary Arabic children's literature, in Arabic and in translation (by translator-writer-critics Ruth Ahmedzai-Kemp, Emily Danby, Nashwa Gowanlock, Sawad Hussain, M. Lynx Qualey, and Hend Saeed)
Project with information in German about Arabic children's
Projects with information in French about Arabic children's
Lire le livre (lirelelivre.hypotheses.org, Mathilde Chevre).
Arabic children's literature seen as a mirror of Arab society.
Projects with information in Spanish about Arabic children's
Articles in Spanish
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