UNESCO names Sharjah World Book Capital 2019

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has named Sharjah, widely considered the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf, UNESCO World Book Capital 2019.

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A hope in hell: publishers throwing the lifeline of literacy to warzone children

By Bodour Al Qasimi

NOTHING warms my heart more than seeing children immersed in a book, stoking their imaginations and nourishing their souls, their young faces lighting up as they turn the pages, impatient to discover more.

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Why literacy matters more than ever in the 21st century.

On International Literacy Day, 8 September 2015, the IPA, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), International Authors Forum (IAF) and Reading & Writing Foundation (RWF) jointly call on UN member states to implement coherent and properly resourced strategies to promote literacy for all. Literacy is a basic skill that everyone needs. Without it, people will be condemned to live poorer, less fulfilled lives.

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Conakry will be World Book Capital City 2017

Each year, IPA and its partners awards the title of World Book Capital. The 2017 laureate will be Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

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Building a culture of reading for pleasure

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, founder of Kalimat publishing, discusses how reading is vital for a child's development. 

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