Category Archives: emerging readers

New Application for iPad, iPhone Helps Children Learn Arabic Letters: حروفي المرحة

There’s now a new way for tech-savvy children to learn—and engage with—their Arabic letters. Continue reading

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Good Ideas in Children’s Lit (That We Could Borrow)

But now McSweeney’s has created something new for several U.S. papers: a newspaper half page, just for kids, called “The Goods.” The mini-section will have fresh games, drawings, and quizzes every week. According to the L.A. Times “Jacket Copy” blog, contributors include top U.S. children’s writers like Mo Willems and Jon Scieszka. Continue reading

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The Importance of ‘Sound-effect’ Words and أحلى يوم

The seven-year-old was reading me أحلى يوم , by Taghreed al-Najjar (published by Al-Salwa), when it occurred to me, quite belatedly, that sound-effect words are very useful for emerging readers. Continue reading

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Children’s Book Author Shaima al-Bishtawi on ادم و الأصدقاء and Going Digital

As promised, a short interview with the author of one of our 2010 favorites—the ادم و الأصدقاء series—Shaima al-Bishtawi. Thanks to Shaima for her time! Continue reading

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Favorites of 2010: Books to Help Emerging Readers

There are a number of publishers who have out leveled readers or other books geared to help emerging Arabic-language readers. Lebanon’s Asala, for instance, has out a series. My seven-year-old and also I enjoy the leveled readers from Dar el Shorouk, although he prefers the “Clifford” books for easy reading. Continue reading

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