Italian stand for kids at Doha book fair

Gianni Rodari books in Arabic in lingua araba

14 January, 17:36

    ROME - The stand set up by the Embassy of Italy at the International Book Fair which opens in Doha is entirely dedicated to children. The pavilion, created in collaboration with "Reggio Children", an organization for the training and promotion of children's rights, includes a full program of workshops, exhibitions, readings and interactive itineraries.
    The goal is to provide children with an opportunity to get closer to reading. A precious possibility at this time when schools are closed in Qatar to stem the pandemic. The pavilion therefore offers a selection of books written by Italian authors or published by publishing houses in our country to be consulted freely.
    "We are particularly proud of our pavilion - said Ambassador Alessandro Prunas - it is our first participation in an institutional event in 2022 and we have decided to dedicate it to the little ones who, perhaps more than adults, live difficult times.
    For Italy as for Qatar - he added - education and the promotion of the potential and rights of children are a priority, today more than ever ".
    Among the events scheduled, next January 17, the presentation of the Arabic versions of two books by Gianni Rodari, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen prize in 1970 (the Nobel Prize for Literature for children): the "Cake in the sky" and "Long tales a smile". It is a joint project of the Embassy of Italy and the Ministry of Culture of Qatar.
    Rodari fans will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition "Illustrations by Gianni Rodari", a selection of images created by 21 artists as part of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, which is being exhibited for the first time in Qatar.
    The stand will also host the exhibition "Out of silence.
    Yesterday, today, tomorrow, narrating through wordless books, 41 wordless books conceived by Italian authors who are experimenting with a new narrative form.

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