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Emirates Publishers Association Sheds Light on Emirati Children Book Publishing at 2024 Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) played a significant role in highlighting Emirati children’s book publishing at the 2024 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Sharjah, 9 April 2024: Continuing the efforts of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Honorary President of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), in supporting the publishing industry in the United Arab Emirates and introducing it to international cultural forums, the EPA is participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) 2024. Held in the Italian city of Bologna, from April 8 to 11, this fair is considered a pivotal global event dedicated to children’s publishing and promoting cultural and cognitive development by presenting new projects and initiatives.

Dr. Abdullah Al Sharhan, Member of EPA Board, underscored the importance of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair as a platform for Emirati publishers. “BCBF provides a rich platform for Emirati publishers to view the latest publications and innovations in the sector from around the world,” he said. “It represents an ideal opportunity for showcasing Emirati and Arab experiences in this field and seizing opportunities for cooperation with international publishers, especially in exchanging translation rights, which contributes to spreading Emirati culture and expanding the base of the Arab creative product around the world.”

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, who directed the Association’s path and placed it on the international publishing map, providing Emirati publishers with the opportunity to be part of the global publishing scene.”

In its pavilion at the exhibition, the Emirates Publishers Association showcases the newest releases from its members, featuring a diverse range of books along with publishers’ contact details. The aim is to facilitate communication between the book fair’s attendees and Emirati publishing houses, enabling remote deals for purchasing book rights. Such initiatives bolster their endeavours and foster growth in the children’s book industry within the Emirates and the broader Arab region.

Dr Fatima Binomar, Director of Al Masar Publication, praised the EPA’s efforts and pivotal role in advocating for local publishers in global cultural gatherings. She highlighted the significance of participating in this exhibition as an invaluable opportunity for her publishing house to gain insights into international creative and literary endeavours, particularly in children’s books and the latest innovations and trends. This aligns with Al Masar’s commitment to continually elevate the quality and content of its publications, fulfilling its mission to serve as an innovative source of knowledge and pleasure for future generations while fostering a passion for reading.

This fair, held annually in Bologna, Italy, is one of the most prestigious events in the children’s publishing industry worldwide.

At the fair, the EPA likely showcased a variety of Emirati children’s books, ranging from picture books to young adult literature, to highlight the rich cultural heritage and diverse stories originating from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This provides an excellent opportunity for Emirati authors, illustrators, and publishers to connect with international counterparts, explore potential collaborations, and promote their works to a global audience.

By participating in events like the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the EPA not only promotes Emirati literature but also fosters cultural exchange and understanding among different nations through the medium of children’s literature. It also helps in showcasing the creativity and talent of Emirati authors and illustrators on an international platform, contributing to the global diversity of children’s literature.

At the 2024 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Emirates Publishers Association likely hosted various events, such as panel discussions, presentations, and networking sessions, to further emphasize the significance of Emirati children’s literature. These events might have included discussions on themes prevalent in Emirati children’s books, such as local folklore, traditions, and values, as well as the importance of promoting reading among children in the UAE and beyond.

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