Books — Made in UAE
100% Emirati Children's Books

Books - Made in UAE © Goethe-Institut
To mark the conclusion of the successful project „Books – Made in UAE“, the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region present seven new Arabic children's books in the framework of the Sharjah International Book Fair. What is special about these books is that both authors and illustrators are Emirati - the books are 100 percent made in UAE.

Since March 2011 Emirati children’s book authors and illustrators worked together in workshop jointly organised by UAEBBY and the Goethe-Institut. Whether adventurous head louse, hungry giraffe or little flamingo: authors and illustrators managed to make the stories come to life in a creative and imaginative way.The workshop was conducted by well-known German children’s book author and illustrator Ute Krause. She was deeply impressed by the success of the workshop: „The idea of the workshop was to give Emirati authors a forum for their own stories,” so Krause. „The collaboration with these authors and illustrators was a very exciting experience. I am particularly happy to see the success of this venture. I hope to see many of these books in the hands of Emirati children.“ This hope is not unfounded: all children’s books have received an offer of publication from local and regional publishing houses.

The books created during the project Books – Made in UAE will be presented in front of publishing representatives and children’s book experts on 10 November 2012. As member of an international jury, the popular German children’s book illustrator Nadia Budde will award a prize for the best book. Representatives of international publishing houses will be expected to the event.

The illustrations and books will be exhibited daily at the UAEBBY Stand on the Sharjah International Book Fair from 7 to 17 November 2012. All visitors of the book fair are cordially invited to get a glimpse of the talent and creativity of the participating Emirati artists.

„The Emirati authors and illustrators have created together books that are innovative, creative and imaginative, in short books that children will love and books that make children read,“ so Susanne Sporrer, General Manager of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region. „I hope al books will find their publisher and their audience.“

The project is organised by the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region and sponsored by the Emirates Foundation.