Category Archives: how to encourage reading

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

Posted in e-books, education, educational toys, emerging readers, how to encourage reading | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in education, emerging readers, how to encourage reading | Tagged , | 1 Comment

ورشة عمل الشبكات الاجتماعية ودورها فى تطوير ادب الطفل

For those who are interested, a post from Heba Ismail at the Anna Lindh Foundation. Yes, certainly, there are a dearth of Arabic blogs that deal with Arabic children’s literature—perhaps Anna Lindh could include one on their new website! And it would be good to see more Arabic children’s-lit blogging at the Buzoor community site. Continue reading

Posted in how to encourage reading, publishing, social media | Tagged | Leave a comment

First-ever Middle East ComicCon: Another Way to Get Your Kids Reading

Which brings us to the first-ever Middle East ComicCon, which will be held on April 29 and 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Some of the comics there will no doubt be inappropriate for my seven-year-old. But then again, so are some books. Continue reading

Posted in graphic novels, how to encourage reading | Tagged | Leave a comment

Yes, Saeed, Let’s Add Children’s Books to Knowledge Taxis!

This is the first “international” coverage I’ve seen of the Alef bookstore chain’s knowledge-taxi project, and it includes an excellent suggestion from participating driver Saeed Mansour: Continue reading

Posted in how to encourage reading | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in emerging readers, favorites of 2010, how to encourage reading, recommended, reluctant readers | Tagged | Leave a comment

(How To) Keep Your Children Reading Over the Break!

I’m taking a pause from our “Favorites of 2010” rundown, as many schools across the region—my older son’s included—will be going on winter break at the end of this week. Continue reading

Posted in holidays, how to encourage reading, reluctant readers | Tagged | Leave a comment