Somali readers

Somali is an East Cushitic language, part of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is spoken by approximately 15 million people, mainly in Somalia, but also in Djibouti, Ethiopia and in the diaspora. According to the 2016 census, there are 14,176 people in Australia who speak Somali at home.

Additional readers in Somali are available from the Storybooks Canada website.

Level 1 readers

TitleLanguage Black and white edition Colour edition
After School
(Iskoolka-ka-dib)
Somali b and w (600kb pdf) colour (1.0Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (250kb pdf) colour (280kb pdf)
All kinds of tails
(Sheekooyin nuuc walba)
Somali b and w (440kb pdf) colour (700kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (830kb pdf) colour (1.68Mb pdf)
Come and see
(Kaalay oo arag)
Somali b and w (590kb pdf) colour (1.2Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.05Mb pdf) colour (2.09Mb pdf)
Fruit and vegetables
(Qudaar iyo barduuro)
Somali b and w (560kb pdf) colour (810kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.07Mb pdf) colour (1.60Mb pdf)
How many animals?
(Imisa xayawaan?)
Somali b and w (460kb pdf) colour (580kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (468kb pdf)  
I can
(Aniga waan karaa)
Somali b and w (480kb pdf) colour (680kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (935kb pdf) colour (1.21Mb pdf)
I like animals
(Aniga waan jeclahay xayawaan)
Somali b and w (380kb pdf) colour (700kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (710kb pdf) colour (1.60mb pdf)
Jobs
(Shaqooyin)
Somali b and w (620kb pdf) colour (890kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.05Mb pdf) colour (1.54Mb pdf)
Look at me
(I soo eeg)
Somali b and w (600kb pdf) colour (940kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.06Mb pdf) colour (2.20Mb pdf)
On the move
(Waan dhaqaaqnay)
Somali b and w (670kb pdf) colour (980kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.15Mb pdf) colour (1.65Mb pdf)
This is a house
(Kan waa guri)
Somali b and w (630kb pdf) colour (1.4Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.11Mb pdf) colour (2.29Mb pdf)
Very big!
(Aad u weyn!)
Somali b and w (480kb pdf) colour (590kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (940kb pdf) colour (1.44Mb pdf)
What is hiding?
(Maxaa is qarinaya?)
Somali b and w (840kb pdf) colour (1.1Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.33Mb pdf) colour (3.08Mb pdf)
What is starfish doing?
(Muxuu Xiddig-badeedku samaynayaa?)
Somali  colour (98kb pdf)
  Somali and English  colour (98kb pdf)
Where do we go?
(Xaggee baan aadnaa?)
Somali b and w (690kb pdf) colour (1.0Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.15Mb pdf) colour (1.67Mb pdf)

Level 2 readers

TitleLanguage Black and white edition Colour edition
At the market
(Suuqa)
Somali b and w (560kb pdf) colour (720kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (812kb pdf)  
Crossing the road
(Gudubka waddada)
Somali b and w (820kb pdf) colour (1.1Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (1.15Mb pdf)  
Gecko is hungry
(Qorrato wuu gaajoonayaa)
Somali b and w (510kb pdf) colour (790kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (787kb pdf)  
Homes
(Hooy)
Somali b and w (630kb pdf) colour (1.1Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (920Mb pdf)  
Like this
(Sidaan oo kale)
Somali b and w (510kb pdf) colour (710kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (755kb pdf)  
The box
(Sanduuqa)
Somali b and w (530kb pdf) colour (880kb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (860kb pdf)  
The rock pool
(Balli-dixeed)
Somali b and w (660kb pdf) colour (1.2Mb pdf)
  Somali and English b and w (956kb pdf)  

Level 5 reader

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