The Emirates Literature Foundation has announced the launch of a reading challenge that is open to all.
In 2017, March was declared as the Month Of Reading in the UAE, in order to emphasise the importance of reading among all ages. The programme is currently in its fifth year.
The challenge includes two categories, namely individuals and families, reading in either English or Arabic.
To enter the individual category, participants need to read as many books as they can within a month and write a list along, with one line reviews, for all the books.
To enter for the family, the theme is #MyFamilyReads which focuses on the role of parents in sharing their love for reading with their children. Books recorded in the family category must be read by either parent, with the same child.
Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation said, "The Month of Reading is a wonderful and important initiative. Whilst there is a focus on creating a new generation of readers, we mustn’t forget that adults can play a huge role in shaping children’s attitudes towards books. If you read for pleasure yourself and read books regularly with your children, you are very likely to ensure that your offspring become avid readers. We are launching our Reading Challenge to remind people to make time for books in their daily lives. I hope not only parents but grandparents, aunts and uncles also get involved in the family challenge, because books and the joy they bring should be enjoyed by everyone."