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Up to 25,000 school children are expected to attend this month's Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), which will run at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from April 24-29.
Schools from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region will provide special buses to enable schoolchildren to attend the fair to enjoy a wide range of cultural, creative, fun and educational events.
"Children between the ages of four and 14 are extremely important to the fair's success and many of the art and cultural activities have been designed to promote reading and writing to the next generation by making it fun and engaging," explained Jumaa Abdulla Al-Qubaisi, Director, ADIBF.
"We place a great deal of importance on educating children about the pleasure of reading, and this year have changed the dates of the Fair to ensure it didn't clash with school exams, allowing as many children as possible to benefit from local, regional and international authors." Young book lovers will enjoy readings, book signings and workshops with writers and storytellers from around the world, as well as presentations by artists exhibiting in the Illustrators Corner.
The Creativity Corner workshops will include talks on, recycling and protecting the environment, animated films, traffic awareness and more.
Among the wide ranging activities developed for children at this year's fair are book signings for a number of new titles including: Tamer's Own World, a new series of medical books to help children learn more about the world of medicine; Omar Is Lost, a story to help children deal with feelings of anxiety when becoming separated from a parent; The Runaway Louse; whereas I Love To Read Together is all about encouraging children to read with their friends and family, as well as a host of others.
ADIBF will welcome young enthusiastic film makers for the film making workshop 'Animate it' offered by animator and TV producer Erling Ericsson. Special workshops for teachers will run in the mornings with dedicated childrens' workshops in the evenings, which will focus on how to make animated film and develop a pedagogical model for film-making.
The fair is also expanding its offering for children with special needs, through dedicated workshops under the supervision of trained professionals.
A sign language interpreter from the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs will be on hand at the Creativity Corner to assist hearing-impaired youth enjoy the workshops alongside their peers.
Making the fair even more interactive for youngsters will be the Show Kitchen where 10 celebrity chefs from the UAE and GCC will participate in a number of live cooking demonstrations and workshops. Children will be encouraged to take part and help the chefs prepare a host of healthy and tasty dishes designed to teach children the basics of healthy eating and food preparation.
The Creativity Corner is an area designed for young visitors to take some time out and enjoy the world of books and explore learning and personal wellbeing. Activities will take place in English and Arabic and will touch on all aspects of books from reading, illustration, writing and attitudes about reading.