Arabic children’s literature: Glitzy production, disciplinary content

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© 2020, Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc. All rights reserved. Children’s literature in the Arabic language has seen an impressive boom in the last decade both in quantity and quality. Arabic children’s literature awards have also increased in number and competitiveness. However, children’s literature in the Arabic language continues to be criticised for not being appealing to children, due to its didactic content and its highly symbolic language. This study analysed 47 award-winning Arabic children’s literature books, looking at five domains. The purpose was to look for features and trends common to award-winning books. Results revealed that Arabic children’s literature continues to be seen as a tool to educate and impart morality. Results also revealed the dominance of male characters, the prevalence of realistic fiction genres, and the repeated use of poverty, child displacement, family and refugees as the topics of choice when writing for children.

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