The field for 2011 was strong, and unlike 2010, when the judges said they all just knew immediately that النقطة السوداء was the winner, judge Wendy Cooling said that this was “a really rich year for books for young children” in Arabic.
Other judges included last year’s winner, Walid Taher, eminent children’s book author and publisher Taghreed Najjar, Dr. Sabah Issawy, and Wafaa Terawska.
The 1 million AED Etisalat prize is shared by author and publisher (pictured). The author spoke with The National from her home in Cairo:
“I’m proud my ideas and way of writing have been recognised.
The book is about an orphan who went to live with some of her relatives and met a boy who helped her to adjust to her new life and get rid of her sad thoughts.
He gives her the idea to write her sad thoughts on a kite and then fly the kite so all the sad thoughts fly away.”