Bilingual books for young readers have been increasing in popularity and availability for years…and it’s a good thing.
Not only can bilingual books help ESL learners comprehend easier, but these books can also help to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders to navigate a wonderful world of diversity and multiculturalism in adulthood.
Author and language teacher, Judy Martialay, wrote a wonderful article for the MCBD website a while ago about how we can best prepare our children for success in the multilingual 21st century. Even years later, this article is spot-on and deserves a read.
The MCBD Team also loves bilingual books that have a unique focus and way of teaching so we all sat up and took notice when Language Lizard came out with their new series of bilingual books for young readers that shed some light on the mystery of English idioms!
An idiom can be a quick way of saying something complicated. Sayings like “quick as a wink” or “the ball is in your court” makes perfect sense to native English speakers, but can be a little puzzling for those who have English as a second language.
Language Lizard was thrilled to be able to roll out this multicultural bilingual series not just because it’s unique, but because their team also knows that it’s useful for language learners to study idioms. Knowing idioms will help them to understand and speak English fluently. This Idiom Series is also available in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Spanish, Telugu, and Vietnamese. (More languages will be coming soon.)
Read the full article on these awesome books HERE.
Author, influencer, and lover of books (AND co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day!), Mia Wenjen, has a great list that shares her Top 10 Bilingual Spanish Picture books.
Seasons Greetings, everyone! Don’t forget to Keep Calm and Read ON :)
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/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 8th annual celebration will take place on January 29, 2021. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.