English-Arabic Storytime

Russell J. Ebeid Library & Resource Center


Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to attend storytime in the Library at AANM. A storyteller will read picture books in both English and Arabic, teaching a few Arabic words and phrases. Following the story, there will be time for free play, crafts or games in the Library.

For questions, please contact: librarian “at” accesscommunity.org.

Online Storytime

The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Cham Smadi

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, narrated in Arabic and English by Cham Smadi.

This book follows the caterpillar’s journey through days, foods and numbers as he transforms from egg to very hungry caterpillar to magnificent butterfly.


Sitti’s Secrets with Naomi Shihab Nye

Author Naomi Shihab Nye reads her iconic 1994 children’s book Sitti’s Secrets.

In this beautiful picture book about family and love across distance, Mona goes to visit her grandmother, her Sitti, in a small Palestinian village on the other side of the earth. They learn about each other’s worlds and discover each other’s secrets.


Elmer’s Weather with Sari Mira

Join host Sari Mira as he leads us into spring with songs and the story Elmer’s Weather by David McKee in Arabic and English.

Storytime Structure:

Song, We Clap and Sing Salam (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
Song, Arabic Alphabet Song by Little Thinking Minds
Story, Elmer’s Weather by David McKee
Song/Rhyme, The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Song, Goodbye Song, The More We Get Together


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