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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 January 2019

Year of Reading: 20 books for 5- to 8-year-old kids

Confused about which books to give to your youngsters during the Year of Reading? The National’s Rym Ghazal and Zeyna Al Jabri, of Buzoor distribution, have these recommendations for 5-to 8-year-olds.

Special thanks to Zeyna Al Jabri, of Buzoor distribution, who assisted The National in compiling this list of 50 recommended books for children of different ages to guide parents in the Arab Reading Challenge. For further assistance contact Al Jabri on arabic@buzoor.com and check the website www.buzoor.com.

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The Black Dot (Al noqtal sawda’) by Walid Taher

Publisher: Dar Al Shorouk

A strange large black spot shows up in a village. How do they get rid of it? Marwan finds a solution.

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I Want a Pet (Oridu hayawanan aleefan) by Samar Mahfouz Barraj

Publisher: Asala

The story of a little girl’s quest to find the perfect pet.

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The Tastiest Lemonade (Atyab limonada) by Amal Ayoub Freiji

Publisher: Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin

Hala tries to prepare the “perfect lemonade” for parents.

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Where Are My Fingers (Ayna asabi’i) by Nadine R L Touma

Publisher: Dar Onboz

The journey of a little girl looking for her fingers. How did she lose them? Will she find them?

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My Dog “Hazelnut” (Bunduq) by Wafa Qusous

Publisher: Wafa Qusous Publications

The story of a boy and his dog, called Hazelnut, and their adventures.

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A Home for the Small Bunny (Bait lilarnab asaghir) by Taghreed Najjar

Publisher: Al Salwa Books

A little rabbit runs away looking for a new home away from his noisy neighbour. Will the rabbit find his new home?

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Tamer and the Red Box of Chocolate (Tamer wa olbat al chocolata al harmra’) by Fatima Sharafedine

Publisher: Asala

The story of Tamer and little red box of chocolates that goes on its own adventure.

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My Grandmother Nafeesa (Jaddati Nafeesa) by Taghreed Najjar

Publisher: Al Salwa Books

Majid loves it when his grandmother Nafeesa visits – it’s always a day filled with adventure.

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My Letters Dance (Huroufi tarqus) by Sahar Naja Mahfouz

Publisher: Kalimat

The story of a boy who sees letters dancing, but is it magic or something else?

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When a Camel Craves Luqaimat (Hina yashtahi al jamalou al lougaymat) by Maitha Khayat

Publisher: Kalimat

The story of a camel that loves the Emirati dessert luqaimat, and the girl who introduces him to other dishes.

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Sireen in the Tree (Serene fawq al shajara) by Nahed Shawwa

Publisher: Noon

Sireen loves to play in her tree, but a new road threatens to result in it being cut it down. What will she do?

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Where Did the Letter Sha Go? (Ashat al sheen) by Abir Ballan

Publisher: Kalimat

The story of Shahab, who loves the letter “sha”, but something happens and he can’t say the letter anymore.

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Omar Doesn’t Like to Write (Omar la yuhibbu an yaktub) by Abeer Taher

Publisher: Dar Al Yasmeen

Omar has difficulty writing, but when he finds a “magical” pen, everything changes.

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Zucchini Story (Qissat al koussa) by Samah Idris

Publisher: Dar Al Adab

A boy must eat his zucchini dish before he can have his ice cream, but why doesn’t the dish end?

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A Drop of Water and Colours (Qatrat ma’ wal alwan) by Najla Bashour

Publisher: Tala Est

A poetic story about a drop of water that wants to change its colour.

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Listening Game (Lo’bat al insat) by Arwa Khamis

Publisher: Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin

Two sisters decide to spend the day “listening” to everything around them. What wonders do they discover?

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Let’s Save the Earth (Hayya Nunqeth al ard) by Margo Malatjalian

Publisher: Ramafec

The story of how together we can all save Planet Earth.

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The Day of the Peacock (Yawm al tawoos) by Zakaria Tamer

Publisher: Asala

A beautiful peacock meets other animals and birds, and learns a valuable lesson.

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Rain Drops, Cotton Candy (Habat mattar, ghezel al banat) by Sahar Naja Mahfouz

Publisher: Bright Fingers

The story of a girl who loves candy floss and can see it in everything surrounding her – her grandma’s hair, the trees, the clouds, jellyfish...

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Fifi by Taghreed Najjar

Publisher: Al Salwa Books

The story of a girl and her new pet, a cow called Fifi.

Updated: January 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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