Beirut Times - Los Angeles, CA. -- My First Book of Arabic Words is a beautifully illustrated introduction to Arabic language and culture, perfect for bedtime reading or as a guide for emerging readers.
Through colorful rhymes and stunning imagery, the book introduces children to basic Arabic words and vocabulary. The charming illustrations by Chaymaa Sobhy capture the ABCs of Arabic life and offer a contemporary perspective on the diversity and dynamism of global Arab culture.
The story is accompanied by a delightful character who serves as a guide, taking the reader on a journey through the community, family, and friends, all while weaving in holidays and cultural traditions.
This fun and informative book, filled with Aya Khalil's lilting rhymes and Chaymaa Sobhy's vibrant illustrations, provides an A-to-Z introduction to the Arabic language that is both entertaining and educational.
About the author
Aya Khalil is a freelance journalist and educator. She holds a master's degree in education with a focus in teaching English as a second language. Her first book for children, The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant's Story, is based on the story of her move to the U.S. from Egypt at the age of one.
Her articles have been published in The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Post & Courier, and the Toledo Area Parent, and she is the author of One World: Egypt and The Night Before Eid. She's been featured on Yahoo!, Teen Vogue and Verona. She was named one of the Arab America Foundation's "40 Under 40" in 2021. Visit her at: www.ayakhalil.com.
Chaymaa Sobhy lives in Cairo and is also the illustrator of Children's Favorite Arabic Stories.
Published by Tuttle Publishing on November 28, 2023