May 24, 2018

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival | Pictures of the Week

Sharjah, the capital of the emirate of Sharjah, one of seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is considered an Islamic cultural capital, boasting numerous museums, galleries, and other attractions. Its annual Children’s Reading Festival  (SCRF) typically draws more than 300,000 book industry professionals, authors, storytellers, and families from around the region and world each year. One hundred plus exhibits and more than 2000 educational activities encourage “learning and self-education from a young age, helping raise a generation of leaders, scholars and professionals who will contribute to the development of their society.” This year’s festival ran from April 18-28.

Lara Starr of Chronicle Books, and the author of several “Star Wars” cookbooks, was a guest at this year’s festival and sent us these images.


Welcome to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival!
















Holman Wang, co-author of “Star Wars Epic Yarns” series signs for fans.


























Lara Starr, the author of several “Star Wars” cookbooks, in a live cooking demonstration.
















Sharjah Book Authority executives examine “Epic Yarns” products.
















Guest authors enjoy dinner in the desert on a cultural trip arranged by the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.

The intrepid Nicola Green of Midas PR (l.) and Lara Starr of Chronicle Books riding camels on a cultural trip arranged by the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.





















Daryl Grabarek About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

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