3 Must-Reads for Anyone Raising Bilingual Kids

April 23, 2020

Anyone who has spent more than a minute in their local bookstore’s parenting section knows there’s a parenting book for everything. You child won’t sleep? There are a dozen titles dealing with that. You’ve got a picky eater? Head to the bookstore; you won’t be disappointed. For parents raising bilingual kids, you are not the exception to the rule.

Looking to expand your reading list during quarantine? We’ve curated a list of the top three must-reads for anyone raising a bilingual child.

Raising Bilingual Children: A Practical Guide

Written by author and parenting expert, Mari Bellas, Raising Bilingual Children offers a practical, how-to approach for parents attempting to guide their children in navigating two or more languages. From “Why won’t my child speak Spanish at home?” to “My partner and I don’t speak the same language and are worried about consistency in the home,” Bellas has a thought-provoking and easy-to-implement answer for it all.

Wanting your child to communicate in your native language is natural and reasonable. Getting them excited about it can sometimes be trickier than it sounds. If you’re struggling with this, Bellas’ book is a saving grace.

7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

Author Naomi Steiner and contributor Susan Hayes start this helpful book with an exploration into why children’s brains are uniquely adept at learning a second language and how doing so can be hugely beneficial to them.

Designed to help parents of both monolingual and bilingual homes support second language acquisition in their children, 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child covers everything from goal setting to common myths and misconceptions while spotlighting an array of helpful resources for parents.

Whether your child is two or twelve, Steiner’s guide is a must-have as you explore various virtual learning options, investigate the apps currently on the market, and look forward to the day when you and your child can get back to in-person language lessons.

An Introduction to Bilingual Development

Authored by Annick De Houwer, this introductory textbook uses the latest in research findings to build a compelling case for the importance of second language acquisition in children. Written as a narrative following four children in their unique bilingual development journeys, An Introduction to Bilingual Development combines the empirical evidence of a textbook with the engaging and highly-readable prose of fiction to create a must-read for all parents.

Dig into this interesting read to get their take on what two ingredients are most important in cultivating truly bilingual children, and how you can ensure both ingredients are an active part of your child’s language lessons.


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