Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival is returning once again in May


It is the 13th edition of the book festival.

Calling all bookworms, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is returning in May for a 12-day event of reading, talks and everything in between.

Taking place at the Expo Centre Sharjah from 11 to 22 May, the 13th edition of the festival will be based around the theme of Create Creativity.

Launched to instill and preserve a culture of reading in the emirate, the SCRF is largest festival of its kind in the UAE.

Speaking on the importance of SCRF in the UAE’s cultural calendar, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said, “SCRF provides the younger generations with a unique platform to pursue their passions, explore curiosities and acquire new knowledge.

“The international event reflects the vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the directives of his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), and is focused on building creative and enlightened generations capable of leading their nation’s developmental journey and achieving its goals.”

Commenting on the event’s popularity, Khoula Al Mujaini, General Coordinator of SCRF, said, “Since the inaugural edition in 2010, the event has been providing a nurturing space for children and youth to realise their passions and aspirations and, at the same time, provide invaluable knowledge in literature, science and arts. Children also forge new friendships, buy new books, and set their goals during the festival.

“This year, the festival has designed the theme Create Creativity to provide a space for children to build their unique worlds without any limitations. The younger generations have immense energies that can help them rediscover themselves and build their realities through learning and innovation.

“SCRF provides the platform to achieve this by ensuring that a diversity of publishers participate in the festival and a bevy of creative and educational workshops and exhibitions are on offer to entertain them.”


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