2020 Middle East Book Award ceremony

The Middle East Outreach Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Middle East Book Award ceremony (normally held at MESA) will be taking place virtually on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific! The announcement will be streamed live via our Facebook page.


The Middle East Outreach Council established the Middle East Book Award in 1999 to recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East. For purposes of this award, the Middle East is defined as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Books that are nominated for awards are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on their characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience. A committee of MEOC members, including teachers, librarians, outreach coordinators, and other educators select award winners (and, if deemed appropriate, honorable mention titles) in three categories:

  • Picture Book
  • Youth Literature
  • Youth Non-Fiction

More information about MEOC and the Book Awards (including a list of all 20 years' worth of award winners) can be found on our website, http://www.meoc.us/book-awards.html


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