ReadingStart aims to develop a lifelong love of reading in children across the Middle East. We believe that it’s never too early to start reading together, and so we focus our efforts on promoting the development of reading habits in early childhood.

At ReadingStart, we

1)  Encourage new parents to begin reading aloud to children under the age of three by providing them with free picture books and information on reading aloud. Our book packs can be found at healthcare clinics and are part of vaccine visits in the early years.

2) Raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud to children under the age of three through this blog and our Facebook page

3) Promote the work of writers, illustrators and publishers who produce quality kids’ books in Arabic

Because a love of reading should span a lifetime, what we offer is just the start…

The Author: Rania El Turk has had extensive experience in the field of education. She began her career as a teacher, teaching high school English and ESL in Lebanon and the UAE.  After obtaining an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, she joined the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation as a Program Manager. Passionate about early childhood literacy, and dual language acquisition, she decided to branch out and create a resource for parents and educators interested in encouraging a life-long love of reading in bilingual children. Readingstart is the first step, aiming to make information and resources accessible in both English and Arabic. Having herself grown up with a love of books, she also holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the American University of Beirut.


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