Sunday, September 25, 2011

365 Days of Reading: Tip #25 - Bilingual Books

The world is getting smaller and smaller through technology's connectivity and our global marketplace. If you're a parent like me, you are more concerned than ever about preparing your children to participate in that shrinking world, which means being able to interact with diverse groups of people.

From my previous posts, you probably already know that children learn language at an amazing pace from birth through elementary school. If you or your family only speak one language, but you would like to expose your child to others, know that many children's books are available in more than one language.

Initially, it helps to choose texts with which your child is already familiar. This will help them figure out the meanings of the words. It also helps to choose books that are picture-heavy and in which the pictures correlate closely to the text.

Here are some great examples of beloved children's books that are available in Spanish:

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