There won’t be a single dull moment for kids at the Sharjah International Book Fair this year. Besides browsing thousands of titles, they can meet their favourite authors, listen to stories from around the world, try their hand at experimental science, watch movies, dabble in digital photography or even make their own organic shampoo. We pick some of the best events in the children’s programme
1 Stories and Songs from Palestine, by Denise Assad and Kamal Khalil, takes children on a journey to Palestine. Other storytelling sessions include Imtinen Karray from Tunisia and India’s Veena Gandhi, who tells stories through puppets.
2 If your child loves the camera, sign them up for a digital photography workshop organised by the Emirates Photography Society. If they’re just starting out, Shutterbugs, a basic course on how a camera works, might be more their thing.
3 Improve their fine motor skills at paper-craft workshops – choose from origami (Mexican hats and Japanese “paper sculptures”) or “eco green” paper fans.
4 Little chefs can learn how to cook rice cakes while the scientist types will have fun making organic soap and shampoo.
5 Watch the play Strange Inventions, about a clever inventor who lives with his cats.
6 Sign up for one of the daily workshops on mask-making and bookmaking.
7 Young adults have the chance to meet the teenage fiction British writer Marcus Sedgwick (White Crow) and the award-winning author Sufiya Ahmed (Secrets of the Henna Girl).
8 The French-Canadian children’s author Mélanie Watt, best known for her book Scaredy Squirrel, will also be at the fair.
9 Enjoy Indian mythology – pick up classic Amar Chitra Katha comics for a colourful take on the subcontinent’s rich culture.
10 Catch one of several children’s blockbuster films, including Brave, Cars 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
• Visit www.sharjahbookfair.com for the children’s schedule