Awards

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.

Awards

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.