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Sultan Al Qasimi attends launch of new structure of Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature,
2013-04-17 17:15:43
WAM Sharjah, 17 April 2013 (WAM) -- HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, attended the announcement of the new structure of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature, on the sidelines of his visit to the opening day of the London International Book Fair 2013.

The Ruler of Sharjah listened to a detailed presentation by Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the Board on Books for Young people (UAEBBY) Executive Board, about the new structure and categories of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature, in the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, UAEBBY Patron and Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair.

The largest and most important Arabic children's literature award, organised by the UAEBBY with the support of the UAE's leading telecoms provider Etisalat, the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature aims to encourage a culture of reading and love of Arabic books among children by recognising the Arabic children's book industry's best authors, illustrators, and publishers.

Al Aqroubi clarified that the Award's new categories include Best Children's Book (Ages 0 to 12) and Best Young Adult Book (Ages 13 - 18), as well as Best Text, Best Illustration, and Best Production, which will be selected from the books shortlisted for Best Children's Book and Best Young Adult Book.

Commenting on the announcement of the new award categories, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, said: "The announcement, which coincides with the 5th anniversary of the launch of the Award, marks a turning point for the Award, which has over the past four years succeeded in drawing attention to the importance of Arabic children's literature, and which has contributed to developing this vital sector by enriching Arabic children's libraries and stimulating and recognising professionals in the field. We expect that the introduction of these new categories will help raise the level of competition and expand the scope of participation." Sheikha Bodour added: "The new categories will allow for a larger sector of professionals in the book industry to be recognised, and will open the door for greater competitiveness and creativity within an important publishing segment - that of young adult books - which enters the competition for the first time. We are also striving to highlight the individual talents of authors, illustrators. and publishers through the awards for Best Text, Best Illustration, and Best Production, with the ultimate aim of expanding the positive impact of the Award on the children's literature and supporting creative talents in this regard." According to the new category structure, the Award is worth AED 1 Million, distributed as follows: 300,000 AED for the Best Children's Book of the year, to be distributed equally between the author, illustrator and publisher (AED 100,000 each); AED 200,000 for the Best Young Adult Book of the year, to be distributed equally between the author and illustrator (100,000 AED each); and 300,000 AED for the Best Text, Best Illustration and Best Production categories (100,000 AED each).

The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature reserved the remaining 200,000 AED for a series of writing and illustration workshops aimed at nurturing talents, and inspiring the next generation of young talented Arab's in children's book industry.

The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature was launched to support the Arabic children's book industry in the Arab world and to recognise children's books that are distinctive, contemporary, and novel. The Award also aims to demonstrate that books continue to be the principal cultural products in the midst of the diverse electronic alternatives available today and to encourage publishers, writers, and illustrators towards increased innovation in the field of children's book publishing.

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