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Sharjah Children’s Book Award for visually impaired children

This award is meant to promote books that are targeted for children with visual impairment and other related circumstances. Sharjah Book Authority has launched this award to encourage excellence in the production of books for visually impaired children and to be fully active in evaluating, publishing and internationally marketing of the winning books.


Selection Criteria

The criteria must meet the following:

  • Tactile pictures that use different styles enabling three dimensional images.
  • Images must be accurately glued and fixed.
  • Text must be printed, clearly in large fonts as well as those printed in Braille characters.
  • The book must be practical in which it is easily read with no interruptions.
  • Different and clear colors are used to stimulate the sight of partially sighted children.

Literary valuable text with no spelling, grammar or writing mistakes.

Click here to view the award conditions and application form


Click here to submit application form.

  • The award shall be given to books targeting visually impaired children.
  • Books can be new and original creations or special editions developed from other existing books and licensed by their original publishers.
  • Nominated book must be completed and ready for production.
  • Nominated book must be new and unique in its field.
  • The first edition of the nominated book must have been published in the past 2 years prior to the current SCRF.
  • Nominated book should not be a revised edition.
  • Nominated writer must not have won a prize for the applied category in the past two years.
  • Sharjah Book Authority Management shall not return submitted copies to nominees.
  • Nominated book must not have won a literary award before.
  • Translated books or those developed from other books are not accepted.
  • Applicants must specify to which categories books are nominated.
  • SIBF organizers shall have the right to use covers of and excerpts from awarded books in all types of SIBF marketing communications without taking the approval from the publisher or writer.
  • The candidates have no right to contest any of the jury decisions.
  • The awards shall be launched prior to SCRF each year.
  • Nominations will be closed in the 5th of March each year.
  • Winners shall be announced in a special awards ceremony.
  • Filled nomination form on the website.
  • Three copies of the nominated book (non-returnable).
  • Brief of the publisher as well as curricula vitae of the writer and illustrator.

The value amount of the award will be AED 20,000.