Our world is evolving, shifting, and changing daily. But one thing has remained the same: our children are inheriting a delightful melting pot of different cultures, races, lifestyles, and traditions that are just waiting to be explored.
As parents, caregivers, and educators, it’s no secret that we need to prepare our children for a life filled with multiple languages. Regardless of their career choices or where they may live, it is very likely that they will be communicating and working with people from all sorts of diverse language and cultural backgrounds.
The good news is that kids are wired to learn and learning a second (or third, or fourth,…) language is no different. With that in mind, we’ve located some excellent books and activities that will share the benefits of new languages in a bright, fun, and vibrant way. Enjoy!
Language-Based Books for a Diverse World
Other Ways to Support Language-Based Learning
- Introduce young learners to friends or relatives that speak another language.
- Let kids experience cultural centers for themselves.
- Invite them to watch documentaries about different cultures on YouTube.
- Take them to restaurants where food from other countries is served.
Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD). Visit www.MulticulturalChildrensBookDay.com to learn more about this annual online children’s literacy celebration and #ReadYourWorld.
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