I am always getting asked which are my favorite educational tools for introducing Arabic to young children. Below are the six Arabic-English illustrated dictionaries that I have in my home that I always used with my own three girls.
And yes, I would recommend buying as many as you can since it was always nice we were able to leave them in so many rooms in the house. What is the point of having to track down a book, just so you can track down a word? The one in the kitchen got the most use, I must admit!
And of course it doesn’t hurt that each child has an Arabic Alphabet Animal poster in their room so they start and end the day looking at the Arabic alphabet. (Shameless plug 🙂
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First 1000 Words in Arabic by Heather Amery
This is an introduction to 1000 common words in classical Arabic. Arranged thematically, many of the pages show an everyday scene, surrounded by pictures of objects from the scene with their Arabic names. An Arabic/English dictionary of all the words is included.
My Arabic Alphabet Book The Language of the Quran by Dar-us-Salam
Have fun teaching your child the Arabic alphabet. This book includes the complete 28 Arabic alphabet letters with corresponding pictures and words with their Arabic text and English pronunciation.
Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Arabic Dictionary: English-Arabic by Deborah Dumont
Designed to be a child’s very first foreign language dictionary (5-10 years). 500 entries, each accompanied by a large illustration.
My First Arabic Phrases (Speak Another Language!) by Jill Kalz
Open the pages of this book and you’ll soon be speaking Arabic! Colorful illustrations and simple labels make learning Arabic fun. From the basics to cool phrases, this book will give you lots to talk about!
How do you say hello in Arabic? Explore the pages of this Arabic English picture dictionary to learn new words and phrases. Colorful photographs and simple labels make learning Arabic easy.
This bountiful hard cover book of words in a typical preschooler’s world contains words for common items in both Arabic & English. Crisp photographs and a few supplemental drawings of familiar household objects, foods, toys and clothing are neatly arranged. Ages 4-8.
My First ABC Book (English-Arabic Butterfly Books) by Librairie Du Liban Publishers
Colorful photos of 1000’s of objects shown in Arabic and English including Sports, Colors, Shapes, Numbers and more. Ages 4-8
My First Bilingual Book Colors (English/Arabic) by Milet Publishing
Guaranteed to enrich a toddler’s vocabulary, this simple and fun series of bilingual board books is ideal for helping children discover a foreign language. Highlighting the two basic concepts of colors and numbers, this collection combines photographs and colorful illustrations. All images include the words in both English and the second language in clear, bold text. Suitable for toddlers on their own or in groups, these books are a child’s perfect introduction to exploring new languages.
My First Bilingual BookFruit (EnglishArabic) by Milet Publishing
Guaranteed to enrich a toddler’s vocabulary, this simple and fun series of bilingual board books is ideal for helping children discover a foreign language. Highlighting more complex concepts that go beyond colors and numbers, titles in the series feature fruits. This collection combines photographs, bright illustrations, and dual-language words in clear, bold text. Suitable for both individuals and groups, these books are a child’s perfect introduction to exploring other cultures.
My Arabic Words Book by Juma Siddiqa
My Arabic Words Book presents each letter of the 28-character alphabet along with a vocabulary word, in both Arabic and English, on each page, making it the perfect introduction to the language. Delightful illustrations bring the vocabulary words to life, and there is a pronunciation guide to help with special characters.
Milet Picture Dictionary: English-Arabic by Sedat Turhan and Hagin Sally.
This thoroughly original dictionary features vibrant pictures that stimulate creativity as children learn to identify objects and words.
Sugar comes from Arabic by Barbara Whitesides
No other Arabic alphabet book demystifies the letters in such a comfortable way, by introducing them in English alphabetical order of the Roman alphabet and using the spelling of English names and words as a way to learn the Arabic. Look up matching letters, follow the directions, and soon you’ll be writing your own name in Arabic!
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