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Khawla Al Mujaini, General Coordinator of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. KT Photo: Muhammad Sajjad

Published: Friday, April 12, 2024, 9:03 p.m.

Last update: Saturday April 13, 2024, 0:14

The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), renowned for its ability to unite world literature enthusiasts and bring the undeniable power of reading to young people, will once again enthrall audiences with a variety of esteemed guests offering inspiring talks and panel discussions. and invaluable workshops.

Hosted by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) and taking place from May 1 to 12 at Expo Center Sharjah, the region’s largest event dedicated to nurturing the imagination of young minds, is themed “Once Upon a Hero ” this year.

With 190 guests from 25 countries, the festival represents the universal appeal of literature and the power of storytelling to transcend generations and inspire greatness.

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Impressive lineup

This year’s program features an impressive roster of accomplished individuals, promising an enriching experience for attendees of all ages.

Leading the pack is Jerry Craft, a distinguished American cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, whose syndicated comic strip “Mama’s Boyz” and graphic novels such as “New Kid” and “Class Act” have earned him widespread recognition. Joining Craft is Raúl The Third, an illustrator and New York Times bestselling author celebrated for his evocative depictions of the contemporary Mexican-American experience. His presence ensures a fusion of art and storytelling that will resonate with audiences around the world.

Further enhancing the festival agenda is world-renowned U.S. communication pathologist and neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf. Recognized for her research on the mind-brain connection, Dr. Leaf’s expertise in mental health and memory formation promises to enlighten and inspire attendees.

Hailing from Malaysia, Stacy C. Bauer and Ying Ying Ng bring their unique talents to the fore. Bauer, a prolific writer known for her humorous anecdotes and relatable storytelling, will delight audiences with tales of children’s adventures. Ng, with more than three decades of experience in music education, offers invaluable insights into the world of creativity and learning.

David Chek Ling Ngo of Malaysia completes the senior tier of distinguished guests, bringing to the fore his wealth of knowledge in leadership and academic excellence. Recognized as one of the top 2 percent of scientists in the world by Stanford University, Ngo’s contributions to the fields of education and institutional growth are nothing short of exemplary.

Meanwhile, the festival will also host a wide range of luminaries from around the world. From Georgia, Lia Shalvashvili, an esteemed author and educator, joins the fight with her extensive repertoire of children’s literature. The United States contributes Dr. Al Jones, a distinguished psychologist specializing in educational and gender psychology, who further enriches the intellectual discourse of the festival.

Not to be overlooked are India’s notable guests, including Mamta Nainy, Bethany Clark, and Sohini Mitra, each bringing their unique perspectives on children’s literature and publishing.

Other notable figures include Cathy Camper from the United States, Joanne Steer from the United Kingdom, Dr. Sandy Zanella from Mexico, Toyin Akanni from Nigeria, Deeba Zargarpur representing Afghanistan and the United States, Liam Kelly from Ireland, Hannah Moushabeck from the United States , Lauren Tamaki. also from the United States, Leila Boukarim, Jane Mount and Zelmaré Viljoen.


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