Welcome ~ Marhaba ~ Ahlan wa Sahlan!
To help children and other language learners – and teachers – of Egyptian Arabic, Habiba wrote and illustrated these little books. The books are written in Egyptian Arabic, more specifically Cairene Arabic, not Modern Standard Arabic. Please note that there are no standards for writing in dialects of Arabic.
The books are released under a Creative Commons license, making them FREE to read, download, print, and share.
Use the menu above to select a story. To read or download the files, all you need is a PDF reader like Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. There are several different versions of each book:
eBooks: These are meant to be read on a screen. Don’t try to print the eBooks; you won’t be able to.
Double-Sided Horizontal Printable Books: These are for printing, in color, so that you can then fold and staple the books (no cutting necessary) and hold them in your hand. For detailed printing instructions, go here.
Double-Sided Horizontal Printable “Color Me” Books: These are for printing, in black and white. They are illustrated with simple outline drawings so children can color the pictures in their own printed books. For detailed printing instructions, go here.
All books are available in Egyptian Arabic only versions, as well as bilingual (Egyptian Arabic – English) versions. Habiba also has plans to write the stories in Bedouin Arabic and would love to see her books translated into other languages. If you’d like to volunteer your time and expertise to help Habiba translate these stories into another language, please email her at booksbyhabiba AT gmail DOT com. She would really love to see them in Russian, German, and Italian. She also welcomes comments and suggestions for book topics.