“A lizard? Shame on you. Of course, I mean, all due respect to the lizards. But I am not a lizard. I am a dragon.”
Taghreed Najjar's Whose Doll Is This?, winner of 2019 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature in the "Young Adult" category, is, Hend Saeed writes, the book you've been waiting to read.
Prize organizers reported that this year they had received 175 submissions from around the world, and that winners in all categories -- including the new "Best Silent Book" category -- would be announced at the opening ceremony of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2019, on October 30, 2019.
"Last but not least, kids can mess with magazines. Unlike books, they can write in them, color them, and some magazines come with pages to color or connect the dots. A child has more freedom with a magazine than with a book."
It's probably not particularly surprising that of the six new Arabic books for young readers that are available in English translation in 2019, six have been written by women.
"Arab and Western readers are different in what they're cautious about in the book. Arabs have been anxious about how the book talks about the girl's sexual identity, alongside her social and political identity, while Westerners have been anxious about how war and suffering might affect young readers."
The book that won the 2018 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature in the Young Adult category, The Oil's Secret Tale, was written by Palestinian author Walid Daqqa, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1986.
The most compelling aspect of 'Reem: Into the Unknown' is how the author depicts the loneliness, confusion, and disconnected feeling some teens and young adults experience.
A new seven-person collective has launched "ArabKidLitNow!," a project dedicated to the discovery, translation, and promotion of great Arabic children's literature.
Author J.C. Michaels recently visited Cairo to talk with audiences about the Arabic translation of his YA novel Firebelly: By Yasmine Motawy J. C. Michaels, the author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed philosophical young adult novel Firebelly: A Journey into the Heart of Thinking gave a talk to a full house at the Cairo Greater … Continue reading On Bringing ‘Firebelly’ into Arabic: A Discussion With Author, Translator, and Publisher
"There are some books from this year’s shortlist that would work very well in translation as well."
"I threw aside the self-censorship that comes from excessive concerns about the reader’s age. I wrote and let the book be what it was shaping up to be, if it was going to be a YA book, so be it, if it was going to be an adult novel, then that is what it was destined to be."