Next Week’s #WorldKidLitLIVE: A Focus on Arabic Literature for Young Readers

Next week, we’re set to host our first language-focused #WorldKidLitLIVE event, with acclaimed and award-winning authors, scholars, translators, and publishers who work with Arabic literature:

Like the two #WorldKidLitLIVE events that took place in September, this will be hosted by Marcia Lynx Qualey, WorldKidLit co-founder and translator from Arabic of both Middle Grade (Ghady & Rawan, 2019) and Young Adult (Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands, 2020).

It features four brilliant panelists:

Taghreed Najjar is an award-winning publisher and author who has been one of the great innovators of 21st-century Arabic children’s literature, writing books for children ages 1-101. As scholar Yasmine Motawy has said: “Taghreed is certainly one of the movers and shakers in the field of Arab children’s literature.” You can read several of her books in English translation, including The Ghoul, My Brother and Me, and Watermelon Madness, translated by the parent-child team of Michelle Hartman and Tameem Hartman.

Hadil Ghoneim is the winner of this year’s “Best Book” prize from the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature for her brilliant tales-within-tales adaptation, which brings together folktale and realism: Shahrazizi’s Nights, which was beautifully illustrated by Sahar Abdallah.

Fatima Sharafeddine is one of the most celebrated, award-winning, and prolific authors of Arabic children’s literature, with many works translated to English for preschoolers, middle-grade readers, and teens, including her popular novels Ghady & Rawan, co-written with Samar Mahfouz Barraj, and Faten (translated by Sharafeddine herself as The Servant).

Susanne Abou Ghaida has been involved in many parts of the Arabic children’s literature industry. Now an academic, she has worked with IBBY, with prize organizers, and she has read closely with young people, listening to what they say about Arabic children’s literature. You can read an informative Q&A with her on ArabLit: What Do Teens Think of Arabic YA?

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