Developing And Raising Bilingual Children

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jun 24, 2014 4:07:41 AM

Strategies For Raising Bilingual Children


Young children have prime capacity for multiple language learning. Research shows that introducing kids to a different language during the early, formative years helps to develops bilingual children. Data indicates that youngsters acquire multiple language more quickly than adults! Parents can take advantage of this peak opportunity for optimal language learning by immersing them in other languages and cultures.

Teachers and parents can generate excitement about others languages by introducing students to other cultures through engaging literature. Young scholars can become readers and researchers of world cultures. Pupils can even write books about other cultures. They can study the language, traditions, geography, customs and cultural traditions. Kids can listen to books in other languages by using the audio portion of online books. The online book below, I Can Write a Book About Culture, is a great title for families to read prior to having children write their own cultural books. Kids Around The World, introduces reader to the many cultures of the world. This helps give an overview of the many cultures. Youngsters can read this book and then create a book about themselves and their culture to share with others.

thumb I can write a book about culture

by Bobbie Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427179951

Today, children in many communities come from different countries, speak more than one language, and practice different customs, celebrations, religions, and traditions. This colorful book helps children write a book about their own families culture or about the cultures of their friends, highlighting foods, celebrations, dance, or traditional clothing.

thumb-14 Kids Around the World

by Dona Herweck Rice
ISBN: 9781433335990

This book gives kids a chance to meet other kids from different cultures around the world. Reads at a level of 1.9 and has a word count of 294.

More Recommended Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles in multiple languages. One helpful tip in building bilingual youth is to read the text in the primary language and then to reread it in another language. For example, an English speaking five-year-old can read the book in English and then reread it in Spanish. Some titles are even available in the read aloud format. Kids can push the icon and the text can be read aloud to them in another language. This is a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to another language. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages. Find these delightful and engaging texts that teach children about other cultures and customs at

thumb-8 Counting Coconuts / Contando cocos

by Wendi Silvano (author), Marty Granius (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781621672135

Help! Monkey is hungry. But before he can eat his coconuts, he must find the fastest way to count them. A trio of tapirs, a slithering boa, an oh-so-slow sloth, and a wickedly wise jaguar are among the rainforest animals that suggest various counting methods. Learn to count by sets and help Monkey complete his comical, ever-changing, arithmetic task.

This story, told in English, has the Spanish words for numbers sprinkled in wherever an English number is used. There is list of all the numbers in both English and Spanish at the end of the book.

thumb-9 Soccer Counts! El Futbol Cuenta! (Bilingual)

by Peter Alderman (Authors) Barbara Barbieri Mc Grath (author), Pau Estrada (illustrator) (illustrator) © 2011
ISBN: 9781570917943

Perfect for soccer stars, this book features simple rhymes to help young readers count to fifteen. One ball, two keepers, three referees, and more add up to a great game.

Includes information about the history and rules of soccer.

thumb-10The Legend of the Mighty Bookworm (Chinese)

A simple, touching story with more than one message, illustrated as a print-book would be. But, no print-book can read itself out aloud.

thumb-11 You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine (French)

by Laura Liliom (Author)
ISBN: 9781601950390

Her really good friend has moved far away to another country. What to do now? How can they stay friends without seeing each other? They learn that there is friendship in thinking about each other, in writing to each other, in remembering each others’ favorite things, but most of all: it is in the heart. Sa meilleure amie est partie vivre dans un autre pays. Que faire maintenant? Comment resté amies sans se voire? Elles apprennent qu’il y a de l’amitié à penser l’une à l’autre, à s’écrire, à se rappeler leurs choses favorites et que par-dessus tout l’amitié est une affaire de coeur.

thumb-12 What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

by Anne Sibley O'brien Kate Aver Avraham (author), Ann Sibley O'Brien (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781580892117 AR: /

Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer?

Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound, but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game, called the toljabee, which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up.

A book for all cultures, What Will You Be, Sara Mee? celebrates siblings, community, and the blending of traditions.

This book is good for your brain because:

Multicultural, World History, Korean Traditions & Customs

thumb-15 A Mango for Grandpa (Polish)

by Caroline Hudicourt (Author), Ismer Sainsilus (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781601950932

Grandpa had 27 grandchildren, all who loved him, and shared the mangos he brought home every day. Grandpa and mangos always brightened the day. But grandpa was getting sick, losing his memory and the ability to even cut the mangos. He was slowing leaving his grandchildren.

Dziadek ma 27 wnuków. Wszystkie go lubią i dzielą się ze sobą owocami mango, które dziadek codziennie przynosi do domu. Dziadek i mango zawsze rozjaśniały dzień. Ale Dziadek rozchorował się, utracił pamięć, a nawet umiejętność krojenia mango. Powoli opuszczał swoje wnuki.

thumb-16 Andy's Cherry Tree (Armenian)

by Miranda Haxhia (author), Zaur Deisadze (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781931854207

Andy’s family is moving to a new house. Each member of his family packs their favorite thing to bring along. Andy’s favorite thing is the cherry tree in the backyard. But how can he bring that along? With his mothers’ help, Andy finds out just how to do it.

thumb-19 The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Mandarin Chinese)

The classic story of a naughty little bunny who gets into big trouble for not minding his mother.

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