It’s International Children’s Book Day and it has got me thinking – we complain so much about the lack of good-quality Arabic children’s books when in fact my journey has led me to many excellent ones! There is room for so much more but to date, here are our 5 top favourites with links to where you can find them:

The story of Noura, a little girl who loves to eat watermelon and nothing else. One night, she decides to hide a watermelon under her bed and eat it all by herself when everyone else is asleep. Little does she know the adventure it will take her on! A fantastic story with wonderful illustrations, suitable for all ages.

We love the rhyming colloquial language of this translation, and it is available as an audio file and video too! It is a firm favourite and recognisable to children from the English version by the Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson.

A classic book that children have enjoyed for many years, we love counting and naming all the different foods in Arabic! And once you’ve learnt those, it’s also handy for learning the days of the week!

We absolutely love this book about Dana’s unusual birthday gift – a cow named Fifi! The illustrations are simply wonderful and the story full of humour and warmth. A must-read!

Part of a fantastic series of graded readers, this is one of the very first levels and is perfect for learning simple words like ‘big’ and ‘small’ as they are repeated on every page, as well as the names of the animals! Perfect for younger children.

We are always on the lookout for great Arabic children’s books, and even have our own library for children to borrow from each week. What are your favourites? Let us know!