Reach Out and Read Arabic to Promote Arabic Literacy in Toddlers

2019-02-25 00:28:32 | BioPortfolio


The goal of this study is to encourage parents to read Arabic books to their children in order for this to become a daily habit; by extension children will grow up loving to read Arabic books and ultimately improve their Arabic literacy.

The investigators' hypothesis is that the "Reach Out and Read Arabic" intervention can be implemented in a middle income country setting where recruited participants will complete the study; and that the intervention will lead to higher proportion of parents reading Arabic books to their children compared to the control group.


Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age, as reading exposes the child to rich language and diverse content. Reach Out and Read program (ROR) is an American non-profit organization that advocates for childhood literacy.

In this study the investigators aim to implement an adapted version of the "Reach Out and Read" program and to encourage parents to read Arabic books to their children in order for this to become a daily habit. The goal of this study is to see an increase in the proportion of parents who read Arabic books to their children and by extension children will grow up loving to read Arabic books and ultimately may have improved Arabic literacy.

Study Design


Child Development


Reach out and Read


American University of Beirut
1107 2020




American University of Beirut Medical Center

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