Laila Taji - These Chicks

Join us for Children's Book Week with Laila Taji on Sunday, May 5 at 11am for story time and activities!

These Chicks (هالصيصان) is a beloved nursery rhyme, well-known in the Levant; much like Hey Diddle Diddle in the States. The board book format is ideal for toddlers, the easy-to-read Arabic print is perfect for blossoming Arabic readers and the English transliteration and translation aids non-Arab speakers or not-so confident Arabic readers.

Laila Taji is an American of Palestinian heritage. She has an MPH in public health from the University of Washington and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls. She loved watching her kids blossom into readers but struggled to make that happen in Arabic since most books are complex and written in formal Arabic. She wrote These Chicks to give her kids an early Arabic reading experience and to connect them with their Arabic heritage.