عفاف طبالة Wins Sheikh Zayed Award for البيت والنخلة!

Congratulations and مبروك to الدكتورة عفاف طبالة, who has won the Sheikh Zayed award for Children’s literature with her البيت والنخلة, The House and the Palm.

The book was published in 2009 by دار نهضة مصر للنشر, Nahdet Masr.

Judges said the book was: “a sophisticated diversion from ‘mainstream’ children’s literature. It explores the inner worlds of children in a masterful story-telling style, leaving ample room for the young readers to view their surroundings in light of what they read.”

Dr. Tabbala has written a number of award-winning children’s books, including the lovely middle-grade book, أوراق قديمة, which we discussed earlier this year.

The winners will be officially announced at the Sheikh Zayed Book Award Grand Ceremony, set to be held in The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on March 16, to coincide with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Last year’s Sheikh Zayed winner for children’s literature was Qais Sedki, for his The Gold Ring.

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