The Good, the Better, and the Brilliant: Highlights from the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature Judges Panel

"There are some books from this year’s shortlist that would work very well in translation as well."

An Excerpt from Taghreed al-Najjar’s YA Novel, ‘Sitt al-Kul’

"The horizon stretched endlessly in front of her. Yusra had forgotten the world was so huge. She left the shore farther and farther behind, and thanked God the sea was calm that day. Far off in the distance, far away, she saw Israeli naval patrol ships looming menacingly on the horizon. They were poised like sea monsters, ready to snatch up the fishing boats. She turned away and gazed out even farther, imagining far-off countries she wished she could visit."

Fatima Sharafeddine’s YA Novel ‘Cappuccino,’ a Story of Surviving Domestic Violence

Fatima Sharafeddine is a multi-award-winning author and translator of children books for all ages, from babies to teens. Sharafeddine has written and translated more than 120 books for young people, and her work has been translated into Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, English, Turkish, Swedish, and Korean. Sharafeddine's Faten was translated into English by the author, with some help from her daughter, … Continue reading Fatima Sharafeddine’s YA Novel ‘Cappuccino,’ a Story of Surviving Domestic Violence

Shortlists for Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature

The shortlists for the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature have been announced: The YA list includes a novel by veteran children's-book writer Rania Hussein Amin, author of the charming, award-winning Farhana books. Afaf Tabbalah, who previously won the Etisalat, also returns to the "best text" list with her book, Sun. Walid Taher,  a well-known artist and cartoonist who … Continue reading Shortlists for Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature