DUBAI: The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, organised by the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and sponsored by Etisalat, has announced it received 97 entries in both children’s book and young adult categories after the call for submissions for the 7th edition closed. The shortlist of winning entries will be announced during the Frankfurt International Book Fair held in October.
The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature is the Arab world’s most prestigious children’s literature award and has received entries from leading publishing houses in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Publishing houses from the UK and Canada are also participating for the first time highlighting the international acclaim the competition is held in.
The award administration received 62 books in the children’s book category and 35 books in the young adult category, with most entries coming from Lebanon with 32 submissions, followed by the UAE with 18, and Egypt with 15 books in both categories. Other countries participated with books ranging between one and eight entries in both categories.