Home 5 News 5 Children’s books introduce young readers to world cultures

Children’s books introduce young readers to world cultures

by | May 31, 2021 | News

As part of the expanded cultural outreach agenda of the 12th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), Prominent cultural experts have highlighted the role of children’s books in introducing young readers to global cultures and creating young climate change champions through stories that address topics such as sustainability and environment, at a panel discussion hosted at the Al Safa Art and Design Library in Dubai.

The session titled ‘You Can Change the World’, hosted Fatima Sultan Al Mazrouei, award-winning Emirati author, novelist, poet and storyteller, and Ambika Anand Prokop, founder and lead writer of adventure book series, Greenfeet Guides, and author of Dubai-UAE Kids, and was moderated by Emirati writer Eman Al Yousuf.

Shedding light on her experience in providing training workshops on writing stories, novels and children’s stories, Fatima Sultan said: “When I conducted several workshops during the coronavirus pandemic, I thought that kids would not understand the situation or engage with me. On the contrary, their active interaction was evidence of their desire to read and listen to stories that ignite their imaginations.”

Fatima Sultan pointed out that writing for children is continuously evolving as the questions children ask today are different from that of the previous generations. “Writing for children is not an easy task as it must cater to the shift in the nature of topics that interest children today, including space, nature, and the environment, to name a few.”

She added: “Today, children need to understand topics that relate to their world. Most of them think about space, planets, and galaxies. Traditional stories about magic, giants, and speaking animals do not hold their attention as before.”

Shedding light on her experience in writing for children, Ambika Anand said: “Over the years, I had to travel around the world on account of my husband’s work, and it helped me explore many cultures that has inspired me to write my books. I discovered that a good story attracts not only children, but also adults, and this has made me believe that any culture can be introduced to people through stories.”

In response to a question on the impact of translation on broadening the scope of children’s books, she said: “I think that translation should not be unilateral either from English into Arabic or vice versa, but should be bilateral in a reciprocal process, because this contributes to enriching children’s knowledge about other cultures.”

She pointed out that sometimes key aspects of a story are lost in translation, stating that such loss is normal because languages are different.

Recent News

22Feb
YS Chi Wins 2024 Book Fair Lifetime Award

YS Chi Wins 2024 Book Fair Lifetime Award

YoungSuk “YS” Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and the Association of American Publishers, has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award by the London Book Fair.   This prestigious award acknowledges individuals who have made a significant impact on the global book industry. It is open to professionals such as publishers, agents, […]

21Feb
Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

The 28th installment of the Muscat International Book Fair commenced on February 21 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring an extensive assortment of over 600,000 titles from 34 countries. This year’s focal point was on Palestine, exploring various facets of the crisis, while the overarching theme revolved around artificial intelligence, encompassing numerous events […]

21Feb
Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

There were calls for the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to address the situation in Gaza at the organisation’s annual Winters’s Institute meeting, this year held in Cincinnati. At various sessions, booksellers voiced their frustration that the body has, so far, not backed calls for a ceasefire.  One member, identifying as “a Jewish person for Palestine,” […]

Related Posts

Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

The 28th installment of the Muscat International Book Fair commenced on February 21 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring an extensive assortment of over 600,000 titles from 34 countries. This year's focal point was on Palestine, exploring various...

Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

There were calls for the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to address the situation in Gaza at the organisation’s annual Winters’s Institute meeting, this year held in Cincinnati. At various sessions, booksellers voiced their frustration that the body has, so...

SBA at New Delhi World Book Fair

SBA at New Delhi World Book Fair

The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has strengthened its ties with the Indian publishing sector through its participation in the 51st New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF). The event showcased Sharjah's global accomplishments in the publishing and creative industries,...

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this

Pin It on Pinterest