Resources on Reading Aloud to Young Children 

in their Mother-Tongue and in Rhyme

(and the Challenges Facing Translating Foriegn Children's literature to Arabic)



A summary overview paper that is specific to Arabic is mentioned in the Home page of this site. Further resources are provided below (Opinion Editorials (Op-Ed) and academic papers)

A. Does reading to children in colloquial spoken Arabic dialects hurt their grasp of literary (fusHa) Arabic?


  1. Teaching dialects at a young age can aid literacy in both classical Arabic and the dialect:

  2. Article in Arabic: The Logic in the Arabic language used in Children's Books publications:بأيّ-منطقٍ-لغويّ-يُنشر-الكتاب-الموجّه/

  3. Developed countries with language diglossia, and which are known to have high literacy rates, read to their children in their local dialects alongside their official language. Please refer to the attachment in the link below for examples. 


B. Given that the spoken a’amiya Arabic is the defacto mother-tongue for Arab children, what is the literature on mother-tongue education?


  1. The UNESCO is a long supporter of mother-tongue education:

  2. Global Partnership in support of Mother-Tongue Education:

  3. OpEd on the role of mother-tongue education improving literacy skills:

  4. Additional literature on the importance of the  mother-tongue in education:



C. What are the wider benefits from reading to young children — beyond literacy development?


  1. Why reading and storytelling to babies and young children is important?

  2. The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book:

  3. I is for infant: Reading aloud to young children benefits brain development:

  4. Recent research from the American Pediatric Association on the behavioral benefits of reading aloud to children:

  5. The Importance of reading for pleasure:

  6. Maximizing the effectiveness of reading aloud to children:

  7. The Enchanted Hour (Book): it discusses thoroughly the miraculous power of reading aloud. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, the book explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that awaits children from reading. 


D. What are the benefits of reading to young children in rhymes/prose?


  1. Learn how nursery rhymes help children learn to read:

  2. How Rhyming predicts future reading success:

  3. The benefits or Nursery Rhymes:

  4. Rhyming and learning to read  (Academic Paper):

  5. Rhymes and Reading in Early Childhood (Academic Paper):



E. What are effective read-aloud techniques?








F. Videos on how to read-aloud storybooks to children:


  1. Why we should all be reading aloud to children:

  2. Strategies for Reading Aloud to Young Children:

  3. How to read to your child:

  4. The Art of reading story books (8 videos):

G. A couple of articles about the market challenges facing translating foreign children's books to Arabic:

There is a wealth of lovely foreign/non-Arabic children's books that are modern, smart, innovative, with lovely illustrations and that have been translated to multiple languages due to their wide success. However, the transition market in the Middle East seems to be rather challenging. See articles below:

  1. Translating Children’s Literature in the Arab World: The State of the Art:

  2. Scholastic makes inroads into Arabic children's book market:

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