11 edition
17 - 27 April 2019
JUNE 11, 2018   SCRF 2019: 17th to 27th of April 2018, 9 am to 8 pm. Fridays: 4 pm to 10 pm NOVEMBER 14, 2017   Have Fun, Play and Learn area! APRIL 15, 2014   Sing your heart out at our interactive workshops APRIL 15, 2014   Make your very own book APRIL 15, 2014   Theatre comes alive APRIL 15, 2014   Channel your inner artist at the SCRF 2018 APRIL 15, 2014   Enter our fabulous competitions and win great prizes APRIL 15, 2014   Discover the magic of storytelling APRIL 15, 2014   Meet your favourite cartoon characters in real life APRIL 15, 2014   Delve into the magical world of Maths APRIL 15, 2014   Literature Live: Hear your favourite books read by your favourite authors APRIL 15, 2014   SCRF: 11 days of fun-packed entertainment APRIL 15, 2014   Free admission! APRIL 15, 2014   SCRF: Discover friends for life

Press Releases

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival Pulls in 306,000 Visitors

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2017), the region’s foremost literary festival for children and young people concluded its 11-day run at Expo Centre Sharjah on Saturday, with 306,000 visitors crossing its threshold over its 11 days.


Themed ‘Discover Beyond,’ SCRF 2017 proved a top attraction for schools and educational institutions wanting to provide their pupils with an inspiring and intellectually stimulating day out. A total 990 visits to the festival were recorded from schools from across the country, with teachers and students alike keen to experience its rich programme of events and activities.


“Year after year, SCRF furthers the implementation of the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is being supported by His Highness’s Wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, to nurture the imagination and ambitions of the UAE’s children and to raise young generations who are equipped with the skills to lead the country,” said Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority.


 “The ninth edition of SCRF exemplified the excellent relations that children have with their books, as well as afforded the perfect platform for individuals, publishers and distributors to showcase their array of literary products and services. Over its 11 days the festival created a vibrant atmosphere for all those who attended; children and adults, students and teachers. SCRF 2017 was an outright success in its aim to boost children’s intellectual abilities, develop their talents and inspire them to discover more,” he added.


Running from April 19-29, 2017, SCRF 2017 saw the participation of 123 exhibitors who displayed their wares across its total area space of 2,304 sqm. Hosting 179 guests from across the world, SCRF 2017 featured 2,093 cultural, artistic, recreational and educational activities under its ‘Kids Activities,’ ‘Cultural Activities’ and ‘Cookery Corner’ programmes. The festival also held the sixth edition of the Sharjah Children’s Book Illustrations Exhibition, which featured 303 works by 90 literary artists from across the world, rewarding the talents of the most creative.


A main draw at this year’s SCRF was a special exhibition titled ‘Brain: The Inside Story.’ Organised by the American Museum of Natural History, the interactive installation took festival-goers on a fascinating neurological journey and provided an illuminating insight into the workings of the human brain, the complex product of millions of years of evolution.


The concluding day of SCRF 2017 saw the announcement of the winners of the school student competition ‘Best Written Report,’ which encouraged visiting pupils to test their skills as critics by reviewing one of the festival’s many seminars. The winners of the contest were: Hour Hassan Salem from the English School of Kalba; Ruba Salam Aziz from Al Wardiyah School; Abdul Rahman Abu Saleh from International School of Creative Science; Khalfan Ali Al Tonaiji from Al Wadi Primary School and Salma Waleed Ebraheem from the Modern American International School.


Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival is one of the main activities in Sharjah Book Authority’s calendar of cultural activities, with the organisation forming a main strand of Sharjah’s drive to become the foremost cultural hub in the region. 

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