I had the privilege of being invited to the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival this year (April 18-28th) and had an absolutely amazing time interacting with the wonderful children of the UAE. I read to them out of the Adventures of Munna Man and Baby Lady series followed by an interactive question-and-answer session. I met amazing authors from around the world and also participated in a panel discussion on the role of suspense and mystery in encouraging young people to read (April 22nd) along with colleagues Asha Nehemiah and Rym Tina Ghazal. The Sharjah Expo centre looked amazing and there were tons of activities for children to do. All in all, I had a fantastic time. A special thank you to the Sharjah Book Authority as well as the delightful staff and children at New Indian Model School (Dubai) as well as the Sharjah Indian School. I was so impressed with the children's intelligence and enthusiasm!