The Abdul Hameed Shoman Children’s Literature Award
Stemming from our belief in the importance of literary production for children and its importance in stimulating kids’ creativity and critical thinking, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation decided in 2006 to launch a special award for creative writers to work hand in hand in developing a new generation of avid readers, under the name The Abdul Hameed Shoman Children’s Literature Award.
This award is managed and organized by The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation annually and is aimed at literary works that target children, following the genre that our awards committee determine each year.
The award targets creative writers interested in children's literature and creating content aimed at children from all around the world.
The Award's Scientific Committee
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature is managed by a scientific committee, which is composed of a chairman and several members experienced and knowledgeable in the award topic. The committee is responsible for drafting the application form, opening the door for submission, setting the deadline, deciding on the award topic, and appointing a qualified judging board experienced in the topics presented each year. Ahead of announcing the winners, the committee shares the winner's names through the appropriate channels after studying the judging board's conclusion.
The current scientific committee for the 2024 Award consists of:
Minister Haifa Najjar, President
Jordanian Minister of Culture, recipient of the Award of a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the King Academy presented by His Majesty King Abdullah II and the King Academy (2006), the French Legion of Honor, Knight Rank, presented by the French government in recognition of its efforts and role in strengthening Jordanian-French relations (2018), and the Civil Merit Medal presented by King Philip VI of the Kingdom of Spain, in appreciation of her outstanding efforts in strengthening relations between Jordan (2017), the French Legion of Honor with the rank of Knight, presented by the French government in appreciation of her efforts and role in strengthening Jordanian-French relations (2018),The European Council of International Schools International (ECIS) (2009), the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarships presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of her efforts in education (2017), and other awards and certificates of appreciation, as she was chosen as one of the ten most influential figures in Jordan in the year 2008, based on Jordan Business Magazine Poll. she is also a member of many local and international educational institutions.
Ibrahim Ali Ibrahim Nasrallah, Member
Poet and novelist, he has published 15 collections and 21 novels, including the project (The Palestinian Comedy, 12 novels covering 250 years of modern Palestinian history). He translated five novels and a collection of poetry into English, and four books into Italian. A novel into Danish and another into Turkish and Persian. Nasrallah won 9 prizes, including the Sultan Al Owais Prize for Arabic Poetry in 1997, and the Jerusalem Prize for Culture in 2012. He climbed the top of Mount Kilimanjaro accompanied by Palestinian children who lost some limbs and wrote a novel about this experience (The Souls of Kilimanjaro) in 2015. The novel won the Katara Prize for Arabic Fiction In 2016. In 2018, his novel (The Second Dog War) won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker).
Taghreed Arif Ali Al-Najjar, Member
One of the pioneers of modern children's literature in Jordan. She published her first book, "Safwan Al-Bahlawan" in 1978. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with an English Language BA and Diploma in Education and Psychology. She worked in teaching, then at the Haya Cultural Center, heading the Center for Childhood Studies. She established "Dar Al Salwa for Studies and Publishing" in 1996. She targets her stories to children from the age of 3 years to young adults. She has received several awards, the most recent was the Communications Award for Young Adult’s Book of the Year for the novel "Who Is This Doll?" She was nominated for the Anna Lindt International Prize and the Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Her publications are part of the school curriculum in many Arab countries. A few of her titles have been translated into different languages, including English, Turkish, Swedish, French, Chinese, Greek, and Danish.
Dr. Shahla Abdul Azeem Ali Alajeeli, Member
Professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Cultural Studies at the American University of Madaba - Jordan. She has in the short story the Mashrabiya collection 2005, and The Bed of the King’s Daughter 2016, and the recipient of the (Al-Multaqa - The American University in Kuwait award) for the Arabic short story in 2017. She published her novel (The Cat’s Eye) in 2006 and 2nd in 2009 she received the Jordanian State Prize in Literature in 2010. She had Persian carpets in 2012, and the novels (A Sky Close to Our Home) and (Summer with the Enemy) shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker) in 2016 and 2019.
Dr. Alajeeli published in criticism and studies (Mirror of the Stranger: Articles in Criticism of Culture), (The Syrian Novel: Experience and Theoretical Statements), (Cultural Specificity in the Arabic Novel: Feminism - Nationalism - Ethnic - Religious), and she has joint books on identity and narrative, and a group of refereed research and writes in the Arab press.
Haya Saleh Odeh Ibrahim, Member
Haya Ibrahim is a Jordanian novelist, critic, author, and screenwriter. She has published several literary books for children and young adults. She published in criticism: “Exiting to Self”, “Narrative of Life”, “The Source and Its Shadows”, “Doors of Memory”, and “Distance Zero”, which won the Nasir al-Din al-Assad Prize for Critical Studies 2016.
She has received many prizes, including the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel (2018), the State Encouragement Prize (2017), the Best Arabic Book Prize for Children (2013), the Children's Theatrical Script Prize - Third Place (2013), and the Naji Noaman Literary Award (2013). She is a member of the Jordanian Family Library Higher Committee (2018), the Technical Committee for the Selection of Performance Scripts at the Festival for Jordanian Children’s Theater (2018), the Editorial Board of “Wissam” Magazine (2009-2011), and the editorial board of “Madarij” Magazine (since 2017). In addition to serving on judging panels for literary and theatrical competitions and prizes.
The Award's Past Scientific Committees
Award's Scientific Committee (2013-2019)
Senator Haifa Najjar, President
Rawda Fahim Mohammed Al-Farkh, Member
Wafaa Tawfiq Al-Qusous, Member
Lina Al Tal, Member
Hashem Gharaibeh, Member
Award's Scientific Committee (2006-2012)
Prof. Dr. Nasir al-Din Muhammad Ahmad al-Assad
Prof. Dr. Salah Mohamed Mahmoud Jarrar
Prof. Dr. Ali Mufleh Abdullah Mahafza
Since the award launched, we are proud to have collaborated with local partners:
An Arab cultural project, founded in Jordan in 2013, seeking to develop the publishing industry, popularize reading and localize knowledge. AHSF collaborated with them to print and publish the winning work for the first edition of the 2015 year award cycle on the subject of "Theatrical Text for Children", and print and publish the first edition of the winning works for the 2016 award cycle on the subject of "Poetry for Children", and print and publish the first edition of the winning works for the year 2017-2018 award cycle on the topic "Story targeted to age group 8-12 years".
Jabal Amman Publishers
A Jordanian publishing house and creator of original Arabic content, founded in 2009 in Jordan. They believe that knowledge is the key to building civilization and human progress. Their books are distributed in Jordan and several other countries in the region. AHSF cooperated with them to publish and print the first paper edition of the winning works for the 2019 award cycle on the topic of "Science Fiction for Boys and Girls", in addition to publishing the work electronically after one year of paper printing has passed and for a total of five years.