Why Picture Dictionaries?

It’s an immediate learning resource. We believe that education is an immediate need in the midst of a crisis. A simple picture dictionary can serve as a solution while children wait for a formal education program.
It’s an aid for trauma healing: Education – even in the form of a simple picture book – can aid in the trauma-healing process and build critical thinking skills.
It’s for everyone: Our Picture Dictionaries can be used by anyone, either in their homes or at school with a teacher. Our books are designed to bridge the education gap in vulnerable communities through informal, contextualized learning.
I heard from my parents and teacher that as Rohingya, we have a separate language. Among languages, I’ve seen English, Burmese but never seen Rohingya language.
After getting this picture dictionary, It makes me sense. For the first time I’m going through my own language.
It’s a blessing day for me because dreams come true in life. I try to keep this book with me all the day.
– Rohingya student, Bangladesh

Created by refugees, for refugees.

Education for Rohingya refugees | Books Unbound

We designed it with these goals in mind:

1. Vocabulary Development: Mastering practical language skills with essential survival words.
2. Critical Thinking: Strengthening problem-solving abilities by addressing community-related challenges.
3. Artistic Expression: Fostering creativity through a platform for engaging art-based activities.

Our Picture Dictionary is designed to be modified for each community.


An immediate learning tool to preserve Rohingya language & culture for Rohingya children living in refugee camps and resettling to the US.


A culturally sensitive resource to welcome Afghan refugees to the United States and get them started on their English-learning journey.

Migrants in the USA

Culturally diverse resource for incoming migrants & refugees in need of basic resources to jumpstart learning English.

What’s in the book?

The Basics
About Me
Let's Go
Where Are You Going?
The Basics
  • Alphabet [native language & English]
  • Numbers / Counting Practice
  • Local currency
  • Colors
  • Shapes
About Me
  • My face
  • My body
  • My feelings
  • My clothes
  • I like / I don’t like
  • Food (traditional food spread & general items)
  • Drinks
  • Fruits / Vegetables
  • Kitchen
  • I have / I don’t have
  • Cooking / Traditional snacks (Rohingya version)
  • Our farm (Rohingya version)
  • My Family
  • My Community
  • Jobs
  • Opposites
  • People around the world
  • Times of the day
  • What time is it?
  • Daily routine
  • Days of the week, months of the year
Let's Go
  • Direction Opposites
  • Transportation
  • Places
  • Weather
  • Natural Disasters
  • Animals
  • Symptoms
  • Hygiene
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Exercise
  • Stretching
Where Are You Going?
  • Interactive map to practice direction vocabulary
“I love to read and write very much. After getting this picture dictionary along materials, now I can practice writing more than before.
I have an elder sister who has a very strong bond with this picture dictionary. She keeps it when I go outside the house.
This is the first time my camp’s community is presented in a realistic way. I love this picture dictionary very much.
I can easily find out the real characters of my community by going through this picture dictionary.”
– Rohingya student in Bangladesh, age 10
“This picture dictionary will make the students more confident. This [teacher] training is also good. There are so many activities during training. I like it so much.”

Teacher Participant | Bangladesh

Teacher Trainings

We provide customer teacher training sessions to equip your educators with our innovative lesson plan ideas & teaching guides.
What’s included in our Teacher Trainings?
“The Picture Dictionary is one of the best educational material for students. Beautiful cartoons which are connected with our traditions. Students will love it so much. The [teacher] training is effective. I’m enjoying very much.”

Teacher Participant | Bangladesh
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