UAEBBY just tweeted the following longlist for the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature about an hour ago. The winner of the AED 1 million prize will be announced on October 26, on the sidelines of the Sharjah International Book Fair.
ISA, we’ll be there!
More details as we dig them up. The UAEBBY listed:
Three books from Jordan
- أحلام ورقة اصدار Ahlam Waraqa (A Paper’s Dream) from Dar Noon
- بيت للأرنب الصغير Bayt Lil Arnab Al Sagheer (A House for the Small Rabbit) from Al Salwa Studies and Publishing. Written by Taghreed Najjar and illustrated by Reem Askari. See a video excerpt from the book here!
Three books from Egypt
- النقطة السوداء Al Noqta Al Sawda (Black Point) from Dar El Shorouk. Written and illustrated by وليد طاهر. Read more about Walid Taher here.
- عندما رقص الأسد Indama Raqasa El Asad (When the Lion Dances) from Dar El Shorouk. Written and illustrated by إيهاب شاكر.
- فرحانة وسر جمالها Farahana wa Sir Jamaliha (Farhana and the Secrets of Her Beauty) from Dar Elias Printing and Publishing. Written and illustrated by رانية .حسين امين . More from Elias Modern on the Farhana series, which has previously won a Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Book award.
Two books from Palestine’s Tamer Institute
- لعمة زيون وشجرة الزيتون Al Amma Zayoun wa Shajaret El Zaytoun (Aunt Zayoun and the Olive Tree)
- تعال ألعب معي Ta’al El’ab Ma’e (Come Play With Me)
From Lebanon’s Asala Publishing:
- أفتش عن هواية Ofatesh An Hiwaya (Looking for a Hobby). Written by سمر براج and illustrated by لينا مرهج.
From UAE-based publisher Dar Al Jarbou.
- الجمل ذو السنام الصغير Al Jamal Tho Al Sinam Al Sagheer (Camel with a Small Hump)
Congratulations to the authors, illustrators and publishers who find their books listed above. And to the region’s booksellers: Let’s get these books on the shelves!
Other Arabic children’s book-award news we’re waiting on:
- The Anna Lindh Foundation’s “Reading Here, There, and Everywhere” Award, which will be announced “before December 15, 2010.”
- The Anna Lindh Foundation’s award for books about/featuring children with special needs. Entries will close November 25.
- The Sheikh Zayed Award for children’s literature, which apparently received around 100 nominees this year.