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    Children’s Books Created by Families and Community Partners

    Two kids smile for a photo at the book eventCollaborators: Somali Family Safety Task Force, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Public Library,  Seattle Housing Authority

    These children’s board books center on Somali language, community and culture. Seattle Somali Families used their multi-lingual skills to create culturally responsive learning materials that could be used at home, at school, and in community. A collaborative partnership between participating families, Somali Family Safety Task Force, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Public Library, and Seattle Housing Authority developed this project to center family’s leadership, voice, and strengths.

    Baro Af-Soomaali

    The book, “Baro Af-Soomaali,” which means “learn Somali” in English was created with Somali families and community partners. Families explored their culture and language together as they created the content for the book. Mothers and children were able to share stories about their home country of Somalia and the household items or cultural artifacts that are important to them. Families pose for a photo with Mayor Durkan Superintendent NylandFamilies decided what symbols and images would represent each letter and also generated artwork for the book. This book is now in every public school library, city library, and community locations across Seattle.

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    Baro Tirinta Af Soomaaliga

    Seattle Somali families came together again in the summer of 2018 to create a second Somali book. This time, families chose a numbers book and the paper collage art style to create fruits and vegetables that represent each number from 0 to 12 in Somali and English. Teaching artist Amaranta Sandys and child care professional Maryan Abdulle co-facilitated five sessions with the families where they created the artwork and made all major decisions about the design of the book. Read more about the project by visiting the Seattle Public Library

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