Somali readers

The readers in Somali and in Somali and English aim to foster reading and literacy in Somali and English, and greater intercultural awareness of Somali as a language spoken in Melbourne, elsewhere in Australia and overseas.

The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) is proud to share the following series of readers in Somali and in Somali and English. The books are the result of a small CCRAG-funded project to support children attending Carlton Primary School, close to the main campus of the University of Melbourne. They can be read online or can be printed out - in colour and black and white.

Level 1 readers

TitleLanguage Black and white edition Colour edition
After School
(Iskoolka-ka-dib)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.03Mb pdf)
b and w (1.03Mb pdf)
colour (1.64Mb pdf)
colour (1.64Mb pdf)
All kinds of tails
(Sheekooyin nuuc walba)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (830kb pdf)
b and w (830kb pdf)
colour (1.68Mb pdf)
colour (1.68Mb pdf)
Come and see
(Kaalay oo arag)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.05Mb pdf)
b and w (1.05Mb pdf)
colour (2.09Mb pdf)
colour (2.09Mb pdf)
Fruit and vegetables
(Qudaar iyo barduuro)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.07Mb pdf)
b and w (1.07Mb pdf)
colour (1.60Mb pdf)
colour (1.60Mb pdf)
I can
(Aniga waan karaa)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (935kb pdf)
b and w (935kb pdf)
colour (1.21Mb pdf)
colour (1.21Mb pdf)
I like animals
(Aniga waan jeclahay xayawaan)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (710kb pdf)
b and w (710kb pdf)
colour (1.60mb pdf)
colour (1.60mb pdf)
Jobs
(Shaqooyin)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.05Mb pdf)
b and w (1.05Mb pdf)
colour (1.54Mb pdf)
colour (1.54Mb pdf)
Look at me
(I soo eeg)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.05Mb pdf)
b and w (1.06Mb pdf)
colour (2.19Mb pdf)
colour (2.20Mb pdf)
On the move
(Waan dhaqaaqnay)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.15Mb pdf)
b and w (1.15Mb pdf)
colour (1.65Mb pdf)
colour (1.65Mb pdf)
This is a house
(Kan waa guri)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.11Mb pdf)
b and w (1.11Mb pdf)
colour (2.29Mb pdf)
colour (2.29Mb pdf)
Very big!
(Aad u weyn!)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (935kb pdf)
b and w (940kb pdf)
colour (1.44Mb pdf)
colour (1.44Mb pdf)
What is hiding?
(Maxaa is qarinaya?)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.33Mb pdf)
b and w (1.33Mb pdf)
colour (3.08Mb pdf)
colour (3.08Mb pdf)
Where do we go?
(Xaggee baan aadnaa?)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (1.14Mb pdf)
b and w (1.15Mb pdf)
colour (1.67Mb pdf)
colour (1.67Mb pdf)

Advanced reader

Title Language Black and white edition Colour edition
Chicken little
(Diiq-Yare wuu socdaalay)
Somali
Somali and English
b and w (3.30Mb pdf)
b and w (3.31Mb pdf)
colour (980kb pdf)
colour (985kb pdf)