Welcome to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival!
Discover friends for life.
The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is a fun- packed, entertainment-filled 11 days of discovery, creativity and excitement. Some of the world’s best children’s authors will descend upon the Sharjah Expo Centre, reading their popular works and meeting their fans; alongside more than 120 international and local publishers who will offer their books for sale.
The aim of SCRF is to promote a love of reading amongst young and old, showcase Arab literature to the world and give illustrators and artists alike the chance to feature their intricate works. SCRF also provides a great place for fellow authors and publishing houses/publishers to network and interact. A whole host of special awards ceremonies are held during the Festival, including the Sharjah Children’s Books Awards and the Sharjah Award for Specially-Abled Children’s Books (click here to learn more about the Awards), as well as prize giving held during the Sharjah Exhibition for Children’s Books Illustrations, held in parallel with SCRF every year (click here to learn more about the illustration awards).
Not only do keen young readers have the chance to meet their favourite authors, but they also have the opportunity to take part in an entertainment extravaganza. From face painting to sand art, art workshops and story-telling, to special competitions and puppet shows, SCRF has something for all ages.
SCRF is held under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who has constantly striven to encourage and promote literacy, reading and the preservation of culture in the emirate; and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Muhammad Al Qasimi. The Ruler’s vision has enabled Sharjah to be named the Islamic Culture Capital in 2014, for its unparalleled contributions to the preservation of heritage and culture.
- Location: Expo Centre, Sharjah
- Dates: 19th to 29th of April 2017.
- Free admission
- Times: 9am to 8pm, weekends: 4pm to 9pm.