جوز و تين و توت أحمر and Why Singing Builds Literacy

I am back at home—many thanks to Sharjah book-festival organizers for having me and to my family for allowing me to be away!—and my boys are delighting in their new books, Arabic-education materials, and…CDs!

This morning before school, the boys had a chance to listen to Fatima Sharafeddine and Hani Siblini‘s first-ever collaborative children’s CD. The seven-year-old is not a morning person (so it’s quite something for him to enjoy music in the morning!), and the two-year-old, who does like mornings, was already singing along.

I love the fun lyrics, the repetition, the assonances, and the catchy tunes (I can’t seem to get the song طير و علي out of my head!)

And, lest we forget, singing to children is a very important way to develop their language skills. Parent and Child magazine notes that singing is sometimes overlooked in literacy education, but it’s an important component, as strong readers and writers must be able to “play” with language.

It makes me want an Arabic children’s radio station here in Cairo. (Yes, yes, I know, you give me an inch and suddenly I want a kilometer….)

Note: In Cairo, the CD (like Sharafeddine’s new YA novel, فاتن), should be available at Al-Baslam Bookstore within the next couple weeks.

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6 Responses to جوز و تين و توت أحمر and Why Singing Builds Literacy

  1. Ranwa says:

    I think it’s a great idea and not too far-fetched – an Arabic children’s radio station would be amazing. There are hundreds of Arabic children’s songs, audio stories and plays around and more being produced recently.
    Do you mind making a list of books you got from Sharjah?
    I also recommend, if you don’t have it already: اين أصابعي، نص ندين توما، رسومات لينا مرهج، دار قنبز

    • mlynxqualey says:

      Oh boy, I got a lot of books from دار قنبز, so I’m not sure.

      You’re right, I should make a list of what I got. I need to finish writing a few more pieces about the fair (and unpack the suitcase), and I definitely will do that.

      Now, you get funding for our Arabic children’s radio station, and I will start working on it as well.🙂

  2. Sharjah International Book Fair says:

    We were delighted with your presence and contribution.

    Thank you and your family, hopefully we will see all five of you for the 30th Edition!

  3. Karima says:

    cool ! where can we get the CD ?

    • mlynxqualey says:

      Oh, boy. Who has it in Cairo…? Kalimat distributes at Diwan, Kotob Khan, Al-Balsam, elsewhere (Shorouk? I think Shorouk?). But I don’t know if the CDs have gone out yet. They’re selling “like hotcakes” at the fair, apparently.

      I should’ve gotten one for you!

      Maybe I should put a note on the post: DEAR BOOKSTORES: This CD was selling “like hotcakes” at the Sharjah Book Fair!

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