Dual language children’s books are advantageous because they simultaneously help children learn two languages proficiently. When children read books in their native language, along with a second language, it helps clarify the meaning of words. Dual language books are an unintimidating way for kids to learn a new language, so that they can move on to more difficult texts. It is very important for teachers and parents to create a welcoming learning environment for children, so that they can feel confident and interested in learning. Here are the 5 best children’s books for dual language kids to start reading now.
1) Fun with ABCs – Lotería Style
“Fun with ABCs – Lotería Style” uses fun illustrations to bring the alphabet to life. This book helps children learn how to pronounce the letters of the alphabet in English and Spanish using a Lotería style game technique.
2) I See The World
“I See The World” by Tom Luna teaches children to enjoy seeing the world around them. This book goes into detail about all the beauty in our world – in the sky, ground, and water. This book won a 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
3) My Super Cool Friends
“My Super Cool Friends” teaches children to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone, as friends can come in many different shapes and sizes. This book helps children learn new descriptive words that help them describe their own friends at school. The vivid illustrations with amusing details keeps kids enticed to learn.
4) The Many Faces of Max
“The Many Faces of Max” shares a touching story about a dog named Max who loves his family, and whose family loves him just as much. His facial expressions always show how he is feeling. This book helps children understand how to express their emotions in Spanish.
5) The Art of Memory
“The Art of Memory” is a compilation of 10 different stories by 10 different authors. This book features the childhood recollections of 10 artists. The artists created captivating illustrations to accompany their stories.