EBBY's Yasmine Motawy has been selected by IBBY's Executive Committee to sit on the ten person 2016 Jury. Motawy is a children's literature scholar and translator, and Senior Instructor at the American University in Cairo.
EBBY has also nominated Egyptian author Affaf Tobbala for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Tobbala has worked in Egyptian Television as a director, screenplay writer and producer, and only started writing for children in 2005 at the age of 64. She earned a PhD in Mass Communication from Cairo University in 1996 and has been teaching Television and Documentary Production to undergraduates and professionals since 1987.
In 2005 she collaborated with renowned painter, Adly Rezkallah, to produce her first book The Silver Fish, which was given an honorable mention in the New Horizon's category of the Ragazzi Award, and received the Egypt's Award for Children's Literature (then called the Suzanne Mubarak prize). Since then she has published over a dozen books for different age groups. A number of her books were selected for distribution to primary and middle school libraries on the national level and her first novel, The House and the Palm Tree, was included in the Arabic Language curriculum at a number of high schools.
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