Tuesday, November 13, 2012

News about Diwali and Arab Children's Lit

Two Tuesday Tidbits from around the globe:

Firstly, Happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Hindu festival of lights! One of the larger and most recognizable Hindu holidays, Diwali is marked with the lighting of small clay lanterns and candles to emphasize the power of good over evil. Gain some exposure and insight into the festival through some of the helpful books listed here on Paper Tigers.

Secondly, last week the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature was awarded to Lebanon-based publishing house Dar Al Hadaek for its book Creatures on the Ceiling written by Nabiha Mheidly and illustrated by Hassan Zahreddine. This marks the fourth annual award in an time where organizations like the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), which convened over the ceremony, are focusing their efforts to raise the standards of children's literature to further encourage and enliven kids' imaginations. Read more about UAEBBY's efforts here, and details about the award winning title and past winners here. This is the second time Mheidly and Dar Al Hadaek have won the award, highlighting both their strength of storytelling as well as the monumental room for growth that Arab Children's Lit still has to conquer.

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