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Please share this free and valuable resource with your Persian friends and family!  Translations are free to download at the bottom of the page.  
 
FREE Persian/Farsi Translations of Popular English Books

A message from Persian Preschool founder, Jayron Finan:

As a parent:  As an Iranian-American mother, it was very important for me to speak to my child in Persian because I didn’t want the rich Persian language and tradition to end with my generation.  Most people know that early childhood is the time for learning languages but exciting new research confirms that bilingual children actually have higher IQs and more developed brains.  I knew there's no better gift I could give my child!

As a teacher:  As a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher who spent over a decade teaching children how to read, I know how absolutely critical it is for parents to read to their children. Quality books, that are read and reread, are essential to how children develop their language skills.   

My dilemma:  Reading to my son in English would make it even more challenging for him to learn to speak Persian.  I needed to read to him in Persian but living in the U.S., there was such a limited supply of quality Persian children’s books.  Furthermore, since I was born and raised in America, reading in English was easier.

THE SOLUTION:  Translate popular English books to Persian with the text in both Persian script and the phonetic English!   And share them, for free, to other families looking for the same thing.  


How can you access these translations?

I’ve started with many of the most popular English children’s books that most people already have or should have in their library.  If you already have them, perfect!  All you need is your own full sheet label paper and printer.  Once you've chosen your books from the list below, download the translations located at the bottom of the page.  It’ll take you less than 10 minutes to cut the labels and stick them on the pages.  

If you don’t have the books and labels, you can buy them from our Amazon store, where 4%-6% of the sale of the books (or anything else you buy on Amazon) goes to Persian Preschool.   Even if you don’t buy from our Amazon store and can find a better deal elsewhere, we still want you to have the down-loadable translations.  

We just added more free resources on our website such as downloadable materials from class (handouts, songs, flashcards) as well as links to our favorite resources.  Check them out!


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Who benefits from these books?

Iranian-American families who speak Persian to their children but cannot read Persian. Many second generation Iranian-Americans can speak Persian but don’t know how to read it very well, if at all.  Furthermore, they cannot find phonetic English translations of Persian books...until now!

Iranian-American families who are having a hard time finding quality Persian books to read to their children.  Unfortunately, most Iranian-American families in the U.S. don’t have easy access to Persian books.

Parents of babies & toddlers who want board books in Persian.  It is practically impossible to find board books in Persian and parents with young children know that board books (not paperback or even hardcover books) are the only kind of book you put near an infant or toddler!   Even older children love board books.  In addition to the board book version, we’ve included the larger paperback/hardcover versions that are available in most books.  Just choose the version you prefer when downloading.

Native Iranian parents who want to expose their children to the American culture through quality books.   Although Iranian families speak Persian at home, they want to acclimate their children to the American culture and there’s no better way than to engage them with popular American books and stories.

Kindergarten and elementary age children who are learning to read in English.  One of the reasons many Iranian-American children stop speaking Persian when they enter school is that they begin reading in English and thus, through reading, their English vocabulary takes off leaving Persian behind.  Learning to read Persian at the same time would be ideal but not always possible.  Therefore, by being able to read the Persian language in phonetic English, they can expand their Persian vocabulary while continuing to read in English.

Children and adults who are learning to read in Persian.  Learning how to read Persian is not an easy task, so we’ve made it a whole lot easier by including the phonetic English equivalent below the Persian script.   

Parents and children wanting to learn conversational/colloquial Persian, not the formal language used in many Iranian books.  The formal Persian language has been hailed as one of the most beautiful languages in history; however, most people prefer to first learn the colloquial Persian that they can immediately use in their everyday life.  Our translations use the simple, conversational language.



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