Well-known Emirati and Arab artists and media figures will be reading stories for children this month and into the next as part of Kalima Reading Club’s ‘We Read for Children’ initiative organised by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). The sessions will be broadcast on Kalima’s social media platforms at 5pm every Friday.

Jordanian artist Iman Hayel commenced this special programme on September 11, reading a story called The Heart of the Ruby. Upcoming guest presenters will include Emirati actor Mansour Al-Ghassani, who will read The Enchanted Storks, and Bahraini artist Shaima Sabt, who will delight the young audience with a reading of The Little Mermaid. Also appearing will be Saudi artist Mohammed Rabat, who will tell the tale of Swan Lake, with Emirati poet and actor Saud Al Kaabi closing the series by relating the story The Two Sisters and the Visit.

This fourth edition of ‘We Read for Children’ coincides with the start of a new academic year and the special guests are taking part in reading sessions.

The ‘We Read for Children’ initiative has been designed to encourage children to read, through a series of virtual sessions presented by a wide variety of stars and media personalities. These presenters take part in the reading of a number of stories, made more engaging by the addition of music and visual effects.

“We’re doing our bit to make education fun, with a line-up of incredibly popular guest readers that children will love listening to,” said Abdullah Majed Al Ali, executive director of the Dar Al Kutub Sector at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, in a media release.

He thanked the artists who volunteered their time and resources to help with the initiative. “Their kind-hearted involvement reflects positively on the benefits they bring to society,” he added.

We Read for Children schedule

September 18: Mansoor Al-Ghassani will read The Enchanted Storks

September 25: Shaima Sabt will read The Little Mermaid

October 2: Mohammed Rabat will read Swan Lake

October 9: Saud Al Kaabi will read The Two Sisters and the Visit

*All sessions start at 5pm

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