Kalimat marks 10 years of success in publishing

SHARJAH, — To mark 10 years of success in publishing, Kalimat Publishing House, a Kalimat Group subsidiary, chose World Book Day 2017 to organise a series of celebratory events under the slogan, “Growing Together”, at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2017).

The celebrations were as much for the generation of readers who grew up reading Kalimat’s titles, as well as for authors.

The publishing house organised a series of activities showcasing its experience in the children’s book market, and interactive workshops that explored new methods of storytelling and performing.

“Since its inception, Kalimat has forged relationships based on trust and appreciation with young readers, parents, authors and illustrators alike. Our ten-year journey has been this successful, only because of the constant love and support we have received, and we have progressed as one big happy family that is passionate about reading, learning and discovering more. This is why “Growing Together” is a fitting reflection of how we feel today, upon reaching this significant milestone,” said Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group.

While commending the efforts of everyone responsible for Kalimat Publishing’s remarkable success, Sheikha Bodour said, “I would like to pay tribute to our enthusiastic readers, our talented authors and our creative illustrators who have all played their vital roles to become part of the Kalimat dream. Every child who reads our books, every author who pens our engaging stories and every illustrator who brings their artistry to our publications are an integral part of the Kalimat story. Thank you, everyone.”

Kalimat’s stand at SCRF 2017 welcomed 13-year-old storyteller Husein Bashayra, who shared his experience with the publications at his reading session, describing how Kalimat’s Arabic and translated titles influenced his formative years.

The favourite characters of the publishing house’s most acclaimed stories came to life at the event, whom children were absolutely thrilled to meet, mingle, enact several scenes from books and be photographed with. The youngest Emirati media personality, 12-year-old Mayed Al Murr, was seen conducting a fun educational competition.

The grand tenth-anniversary celebrations concluded with Kalimat giving away souvenirs, incentives and prizes to their young visitors, to foster a love of reading.

With a portfolio of award-winning Arab and international authors and illustrators, the group has published more than 200 books and translated many others into different languages.

Since its inception, the publishing house has gained widespread prominence in the Arab cultural landscape, winning several awards in recognition of its efforts to advance Arabic children’s literature. It recently won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2017 in the category, “Publishing and Technology”. After being nominated twice in the category of “Best Asian Publisher Award” at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2013 and 2014, the group became the recipient of the same award in 2016. It was also shortlisted for the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards 2014.

Source: Emirates News Agency