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Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces 2018 Longlists for Children’s Literature, Includes Taghreed Najjar’s ‘One Day The Sun Will Shine’

Yesterday, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) announced its 10-book longlist in the “Children’s Literature” category. These 10 were selected from among 168 submissions that came “mostly from the UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Kuwait.”

The titles range from picture books, such as Nadia al-Najjar’s Voices of the World, to YA crossover such as Taghreed Najjar’s Etisalat Prize-shortlisted One Day the Sun Will Shine. There are a number of titles by celebrated children’s writers, including Rania Zbib Daher and Yara Bamieh. Eligible titles were published in 2017 and 2018.

The SZBA “Children’s Literature” longlist:

‘Al Nooru Yantazerok’ (The Light Awaits You) by novelist Dr. Shamma Bint Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan

‘Ahlam An Akoun Khalat Asmant’ (I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer) by author Hussain Almutawaa

‘Ana Lastu Anta’ (I Am Not You) by author Jekar Khourchid

‘Sa tashruqu Al Shams Walaw Ba’ad Heen’ (One Day the Sun Will Shine) by Taghreed Najjar

‘Serr Ala Daftar Sari’ (A Secret in Sari’s Notebook) by Rania Zbib Daher

‘Aswat Al’alam’ (Voices of the World), by Nadia Al Najjar

‘Ayn Minqari?’ (Where is My Beak?) by Yara Bamieh

‘Hoor Tashrab Al Shai Ma’ Al Qamar’ (Hoor Drinks Tea with the Moon) by Jamal Bu Tayeb,

‘Ajnehat Ta’eraty’ (The Wings of My Kite) by novelist Raja’ Mallah

‘Metafy Al Qormozi’ (My Crimson Coat) by Hessa Al Mazrouei

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Nadine Kaadan’s ‘Tomorrow’ Nominated for Kate Greenway Medal

Nominations have been published for the UK’s oldest children’s book awards, which recognize “outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people”:

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration.

Syrian author-illustrator Nadine Kaadan’s Tomorrowtranslated by the author and published by Lantana, is one of the latter.

According to organizers, 254 books have been nominated for the 2019 Medals; 137 books are in the running for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 117 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Books can be nominated by CILIP members, BookTrust, CLPE, Commonword, IBBY, Inclusive Minds, National Literacy Trust, and RNIB.

What next? According to prize organizers:

Each nominated book is read by every member of the judging panel − 14 children’s and youth librarians representing all regions of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2019 Medal winners, based on the official Medals criteria. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people, recognising excellent literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

The awards shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas through reading groups that ‘shadow’ the judges as they read and engage with the shortlists. Shadowers critically and creatively explore the shortlisted books, through group participation and online engagement: posting reviews, blogs, artworks, videos, exploring human rights and participating in visual literacy based creative activities.

The winners’ ceremony in June will see one book from each shortlist awarded the first children’s choice prize, voted for and presented by shadowers, alongside the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.

The longlist will be announced February 18, 2019, with the shortlist following on March 18, and the winner June 17, 2019.

More at the Carnegie Greenaway website.

 

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Congratulations to 5 Etisalat Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature were announced this morning, at the opening of the Sharjah International Book Fair:

Children’s Book of the Year

Homesick (الحنين), by Aisha al-Harthi, illustrated by Hassan Manasra, from Dar al-Alam al-Arabi.

Young Adult Book of the Year

The Secret of Oil (سر الزيت), by Walid Daqqa, from the Tamer Institute. (Review from Al Monitor!)

Best Text

Mama My Classmate (ماما بنت صفي), by Lubna Taha, illustrated by Maya Fadawi, from Al Salwa Books. (Recommended title!)

Best Illustrations

Think of Others, by Mahmoud Darwish, illustrated by Sahar Abdullah, from  Tanmia Publishing House. (Recommended title!)

Best Production

Koozy (كوزي) by Anastasia Qarawani, illustrated by Maja Kastelic, from Al Salwa Books. (Recommended title!)

Find the full shortlist here at ArabKidLitNow!

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3 ArabKidLitNow! Authors Nominated for 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Nearly 250 children’s book authors from 64 countries are up for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, one of the most prestigious awards for children’s literature worldwide. The candidates were presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 11 by the jury chair Boel Westin.

The three Arabophone authors on the list are: Jordanian-Palestinian author Taghreed Najjar, Lebanese-Belgian author Fatima Sharafeddine, and Palestinian writer Sonia Nimr.

Australian author Randa Abdel-Fattah, who writes in English, also made the list.

You can find the complete list of authors online, and more about select works by the nominated authors here at ArabKidLitNow!:

ThunderbirdSonia Nimr

Wonderful Journeys in Amazing LandsSonia Nimr

One Day The Sun Will ShineTaghreed Najjar

Against the TideTaghreed Najjar

A sample of Fatima Sharafeddine’s latest YA novel, Cappuccino, is available upon request. Her first YA novel, Faten, was translated by the author as The Servant and published by Groundwood. Ghady & Rawan, co-written with Samar Mahfouz Barraj, is forthcoming in translation from University of Texas Press next year, co-translated by ArabKidLitNow! members M Lynx Qualey (the Ghady sections) and Sawad Hussain (the Rawan sections).

The 2019 ALMA laureate will be announced on April 2, 2019.

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NEW: Shortlists for 2018 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature

Organizers announced the shortlists for this year’s Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature — the most prominent award for Arabic literature for young people — at this year’s Frankfurt book fair.

Winners are set to be announced at the opening of this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair, on October 31.

Children’s Book of the Year

My Wandering Dreams (أحلامي المتجولة), by Nabihah Mahidli, illustrated by Hassan Zahruddin, from Dar al-Hadaek.

Homesick (الحنين), by Aisha Abdullah Al Harthy, illustrated by Hassan Manasra, from Dar al-Alam al-Arabi.

Up to the Top (صعودا نحو القمة), by Nabiha Muhaidli, illustrated by Walid Taher, from Dar al-Hadaek.

Koozy (كوزي) by Anastasia Qarawani, illustrated by Maja Kastelic, from Al Salwa Books.

Young Adult Book of the Year

The Secret of Oil (سر الزيت), by Walid Daqqa, from the Tamer Institute.

Who Lacks Love…Gives It (فاقد الحب… يعطيه), by Rania Amin, from Dar al-Balsam.

You’ll Never Leave Me (لن ترحلي), by Abeer Mohammed Anwar, from Nahdet Misr.

Factory of Memories (مصنع الذكريات), by Ahlam Bsharatfrom Al Salwa Books.

Best Text

The Blue Door, (الباب الأزرق)by Sonia Nimr, illustrated by Raoof Kray, from the Tamer Institute

Farida the Hen Likes to Shout (فريدة الدجاجة التي تحب أن تصيح), by Hoda Al-Shaer, illustrated by Sasha Haddad, from Dar al-Yasmeen.

Mama My Classmate (ماما بنت صفي), by Lubna Taha, illustrated by Maya Fadawi, from Al Salwa Books.

Mama’s Tall…Tall (ماما طويلة… طويلة), by Mohammed Al-Muti, from Jabal Amman.

Best Illustrations

Grandpa’s Prayer Beads (سبحة جدي), by Basma Al-Wazzan, illustrations by Intelaq Mohammed Ali, from Dar al-Alam al-Arabi.

Farida the Hen Likes to Shout (فريدة الدجاجة التي تحب أن تصيح), by Hoda Al-Shaer, illustrated by Sasha Haddad, from Dar al-Yasmeen.

Think of Others, by Mahmoud Darwish, illustrated by Sahar Abdullah, from  Tanmia Publishing House.

Koozy (كوزي) by Anastasia Qarawani, illustrated by Maja Kastelic, from Al Salwa Books.

Best Production

Rabbit and Turtle in the 21st Century (الأرنب والسلحفاة في القرن الواحد والعشرين), by Arwa Khamis, illustrated by Hanan Qa’i, from Arwa Publishing House

The Boy Who Was Trapped in His Height (الفتى المحبوس في طوله), by Abeer Ali, illustrated by Gulnar Hajo, from Bright Fingers.

Koozy (كوزي) by Anastasia Qarawani, illustrated by Maja Kastelic, from Al Salwa Books.

Up to the Top (صعودا نحو القمة), by Nabiha Muhaidli, illustrated by Walid Taher, from Dar al-Hadaek.

There was no shortlist this year in the “best digital app” category for the lack of quality candidates.

Winner of “Best Children’s Book of the Year” takes 300,000 AED, or about $80,000 USD, split between author, illustrator, and publisher. Winner of “Best Young Adult’s Book of the Year” takes 200,000 AED, split between the author and publisher. The other categories each take 100,000 AED.