We believe in the importance of enriching Arabic content for children, to stimulate their creative thinking, and encourage them to read. In 2006, this resulted in the launch of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize for Children’s Literature aimed at elevating the quality of children's literature and developing and enhancing its imaginative qualities while supporting their learning creativity.
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize for Children’s Literature is an annual Arab award organized and managed by the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation. The award is given to literary works targeted at children and articulated in the types of literature determined by the Scientific Award Committee each year.
The award targets Arab innovators interested in children's literature and creating content targeted at children.
The award aims to enrich the Arabic content and literature for children. By varying the award topics every year, it aims to stimulate the creative thinking of gifted people and create a spirit of competition among authors to come up with content specifically intended for the award.
Award in Numbers (2006-2020)
• The number of applicants for the award reached 3667 applicants from all over the world.
• The number of countries applying for the award reached a total of 44 Arab and non-Arab countries.
• The number of award winners reached 38, from 10 countries.
• The number of award publications reached 17.
• The number of activities and events hosted by the award was 3 events.
• The number of scientific associations reached 3.
• The number of award evaluators reached 42.
• The award has completed 14 cycles to date.
Since the award launched, we are proud to have collaborated with local partners:
• Now Publishers:
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.
• The Scientific Award Committee
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature is managed by the Scientific Award 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 body for the 2020 Award consists of:
• Al Ain Haifa Najjar, President
General Director of the National School for Girls and Bishop's School for Boys, and member of the King Abdullah II Development Fund - Board of Trustees. She held many administrative positions and memberships in various boards and committees in addition to receiving several awards of appreciation, including the Al-Hussein Medal for Distinguished Giving 2001.
• 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.
Past Scientific Prize Committees:
• (2013-2019) Prize Scientific Committee
□ Al Ain Haifa Najjar, President
□ Rawda Fahim Mohammed Al-Farkh, Member
□ Wafaa Tawfiq Al-Qusous, Member
□ Lina Al Tal, Member
□ Hashem Gharaibeh, Member
• (2006-2012) Prize Scientific Committee
□ Prof. Dr. Nasir al-Din Muhammad Ahmad al-Assad
□ Prof. Dr. Salah Mohamed Mahmoud Jarrar
□ Prof. Dr. Ali Mufleh Abdullah Mahafza