Children’s reading fest opens today in Sharjah
sharjah — His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will witness the opening of the 10th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) today.
Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority, SCRF will run until April 28 at the Sharjah Expo Centre under the theme ‘Your Future… Just a Book Away’, with a line-up of 2,600 cultural and literary events and activities to enrich and entertain people of all ages. There are books and literary materials showcased by 134 publishers from 18 Arab and foreign countries, and 286 authors, poets and literary guests hailing from 121 countries.
Among the famous international authors gracing the SCRF are Britain’s Ed Vere, whose ‘Max the Brave’ is a New York Times bestseller and was named one of The Sunday Times’ ‘100 Modern Children’s Classics’; Varun Pruthi, an Indian humanitarian, actor, director and social media star who has 1.7 million YouTube subscribers; and award-winning Miranda Paul from the US who will be talking about why we all love to laugh and how a humorous story can get even the most reluctant reader interested in books. The festival also hosts a line-up of the Arab world’s most popular authors and artists who have contributed to Arab literature.