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Books for Parents

What books are helpful for parents to read in their quest to raise children with good bilingual ability? See these posts for suggestions!

Just in time for Christmas!

I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!

I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL! is the perfect book for parents—especially new parents and parents of younger kids—who dream of raising bilingual or multilingual children. Written by Adam Beck, author of the popular guide Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, this playful book is a unique “picture book for adults” with delightful illustrations by Pavel Goldaev. Narrated by a lively baby, the book emphasizes the most important information parents need for realizing joyful success on a bilingual or multilingual journey. I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL! is an appealing and empowering book that makes a great gift for yourself or for a friend.

Watch this video at Bilingual Monkeys TV, my YouTube channel.

Early reviews from parents give the book glowing praise…

“I loved it!! This precious little book contains all the basic information you need to get started with your kids’ bilingualism. It faces the themes in a funny, entertaining way, as it’s actually the baby speaking! Since I read it, I keep it on my night table to have a look at it every time I feel my determination falter. Even though it’s a book for adults, it looks like a book for children, and kids love its funny drawings!”

“Perfect for expectant or new parents hoping to raise their child in a bilingual (or multilingual) environment! Adam Beck’s characteristic playful style comes through beautifully in this book, aimed at new parents. In this book, we see the benefits of growing up bilingual – from the baby’s point of view. Pavel Goldaev’s illustrations fit perfectly with Adam’s text. This is an ideal gift for expectant or new parents who hope to raise their child bilingually or multilingually. It can even be a fun, helpful reminder for those of us further along in our bilingual parenting journey, if we forget why we’re doing this.”

“I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL! is a picture book for adults, written from the perspective of a baby that wants to be able to speak all the languages the parents speak. The baby tells about the emotional, cognitive, social, and economic benefits of growing up bilingual, and guides the parents through the first phases of biliteracy. Adam Beck gives hands on advice in a fun and joyful way, which, together with the wonderful illustrations by Pavel Goldaev will surely empower many parents to embark on this exciting journey of raising a bilingual or multilingual child successfully. I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL! is a perfect gift for expectant or new parents!”

“When I was looking at this book my kids automatically came to me and asked what book it was because the illustrations were so cute and relatable to them. Then they went: ‘Read it to me, Mommy!’ If you are a new bilingual parent and don’t know where to start, this can be a cute summary for you. You can also read/narrate this book to your kids to boost their confidence in their bilingualism from an early age.”

I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!

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Please help me spread the word

  • Enjoy the book and share your impressions by posting a review at Amazon, Amazon UK, the global Amazon sites, Goodreads, and other sites online. (Even a short review is fine!) Reviews are so important for spreading the word about this special little book to other parents and I’d be really grateful for your support in this way. (I’d love to hear from you personally, too, with your impressions!)
  • Tell others about the book through social media and word-of-mouth. Many thanks for sharing these links…
    1. the link to this page about the book:
    http://bilingualmonkeys.com/i-want-to-be-bilingual-book

    2. this link to my author page at Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/Adam-Beck/e/B01EKPRIE6/

    3. this link to my author page at Amazon UK:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adam-Beck/e/B01EKPRIE6/
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Thank you so much, everyone! :mrgreen:

Adam Beck and Simon Farrow

For five weeks in the fall of 2019—from September 2 to October 9—I traveled from Japan to Europe to meet bilingual and multilingual families in person and interview the parents for a new book I’m writing that brings together a range of “success stories” on the subject of raising bilingual and multilingual children. Along with the 15 interviews I conducted in England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Italy, I’m now pursuing additional interviews with parents in other parts of the world via Skype. This series of posts shares some reflections from my recent travels. To follow my book project in greater depth—including the posts I wrote detailing my experience of each destination on my European tour—please consider joining me at my Patreon page and lending support to my work. (You’ll get some special rewards at the same time!)

Another special highlight from my trip was the opportunity to meet in person, for the very first time, the artist who worked so hard on the illustrations for my novel, How I Lost My Ear, a funny, action-packed epic for older children and adults that was published in January 2018. In fact, before we met, I had spoken to him only once, over Skype, and that was just briefly. Otherwise, we communicated through email: many, many, many messages over the full length of 2017 that ultimately resulted in a total of 136—yes, 136!—fabulous illustrations for the book.

The truth is, without his illustrations, I could never have fulfilled my highest vision for the story. I worked on the text for 10 years, and while I was finally satisfied with it, feeling that it was the best creative writing I had ever done, I also knew that the right illustrator could bring the playful spirit of the story fully and vividly to life. And from the very first illustrations he sent to me, I knew I had been blessed to find Simon Farrow.

How I Lost My Ear

How I Lost My Ear

How I Lost My Ear

How I Lost My Ear

How I Lost My Ear

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Want to read some engaging, widely-praised books this summer? Please take a look at my popular nonfiction and fiction for language-loving families! (Yes, bearded dragons included!)

“the ideal guidebook for parents”

Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids

Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability

“A pure gem! Adam Beck has created a truly wonderful and easily readable book that parents everywhere will enjoy and that bilingual families and children will benefit from.” —Dr. Annick De Houwer, leading researcher of child bilingualism and author of Bilingual First Language Acquisition

“Who but Adam Beck can tie together the complexities of raising a bilingual child with such wisdom, warmth, and wit? An in-the-trenches father, he shows how fun speaking another language at home can be. His work tells you not only the benefits and the methods, but delves deep into how to motivate both yourself and your child. He gives the percentages of success for the various bilingual strategies (One parent, one language: 74.24%), but for those who heed his advice, count on 100%.” —Christine Jernigan, PhD in foreign language education and author of Family Language Learning

“Not long after I started Spanish Playground, Adam Beck began writing his blog Bilingual Monkeys. As I read his early posts, I recognized a talented educator and a kindred spirit. His book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability was released last year, and since then I have recommended it often to parents raising bilingual children. Without fail, their reaction is ‘Thank you. This is exactly what I need.’” —Jennifer Brunk, longtime educator and founder of the popular site Spanish Playground

“If books are food for thought and if continuing to learn about bilingualism is an essential part of a bilingual parent’s mental diet, then Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is nutritional superfood…the ideal guidebook for parents who are sure of their commitment to bilingual parenting but in need of ideas and ongoing inspiration.” —Michele Cherie, writer and founder of the blog Intentional Mama

“a master storyteller…un-put-down-able”

How I Lost My Ear
(a humorous, action-packed novel, for children and adults)

How I Lost My Ear

Look at this wonderful new review!

By Rich Follett for Readers’ Favorite, a book review website…

“Adam Beck’s How I Lost My Ear is a marvelously comic, wonderfully wise, delightfully imaginative and deliriously unpredictable epic adventure. In Boony Point, young Ben Boyd covets a pair of ruby red bongo drums, seemingly tailor-made for his superstar tryout for the Marching Moose – the town’s pride and joy. Never mind that bongo drums have not previously been seen or heard in the community’s iconic marching band; Ben is determined and has the most deliciously eccentric support crew in the history of children’s literature to help him reach his goal.

Along the way, Ben contends with a practical-joking grandma fixated on crab apples harvested with the dew still on them, a monster to slay, a mystery to solve, the twists and turns of his never-ending quest to be a Member of the Marching Moose, and his own deep-seated need to overcome his unwanted nickname: Butterfingers. The drama is high, the pathos is non-stop, and the comedy is as whimsical and witty as any to be found in the realm of fiction for the young. Although How I Lost My Ear is listed as being intended for pre-teen readers, it has much to offer readers of any age who are willing to allow themselves to be young at heart long enough to become swept up in the merriment. Adam Beck is a master storyteller and a master of invention, and How I Lost My Ear is un-put-down-able.

Simon Farrow’s playful illustrations are a perfect match for Beck’s unique storyline. They capture both the eccentricity of the characters and the absurdity of the incredible situations in which they find themselves, time and again. Adam Beck’s How I Lost My Ear is always fresh, always a surprise; in short, an ideal antidote for the mundane cares of ordinary life for readers of all ages.”

I hope you’ll read my books! And I’d be really grateful, too, if you would share your impressions with others through online reviews at Amazon and Goodreads and through word of mouth! Many thanks!

"Bilingual Earth": An Exciting New Book Project

I’m beginning an exciting new book project this month!

My first book, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids (published in 2016), relates my personal story, as an educator and parent, nurturing the language development of hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children, including my own two kids. Through the experiences I share in this widely-praised book, I present a range of key perspectives and principles that can enable parents everywhere to realize the same kind of success and joy that I’ve achieved for over 20 years.

My new book is the natural sequel to the first book and will complement it well: while my first book is based on my own story, the new book will be based on the stories of other experienced parents. Tentatively titled Bilingual Earth: Secrets of Success from Parents of Bilingual and Multilingual Children Around the World, it will feature many insightful and encouraging success stories from families who live in a range of countries and circumstances. The book will thus serve as another practical and empowering guide for raising bilingual and multilingual kids.

The idea for Bilingual Earth has risen from my blog and my forum, where parents have shared so many helpful experiences and useful tips. While I hope these experiences and tips will be available online for years to come, I feel it’s also time to create a collection of personal stories in the form of a hands-on, reader-friendly book. And I plan to gather these stories by speaking directly to parents, around the world, through interviews conducted both online and in person.

Timeline for the book

I would like to release the completed book in the fall of 2020, which means that the process, from start to finish, will last around 18 months.

April~August 2019: make travel plans; begin conducting interviews online; begin writing the book

September-October 2019: travel to the United Kingdom and European countries to conduct in-person interviews; continue writing

November 2019~March 2020: continue conducting online interviews and, if possible, travel to another part of the world to pursue more in-person interviews; continue writing

April~June 2020: share the manuscript of the book with early readers and receive feedback

July~September 2020: reflect on this feedback; revise and finalize the manuscript; prepare the final draft for publishing

October 2020: publish and release the book

Be part of this new project!

Through my Patreon page, you can follow the whole process of this new book project—from planning to interviewing to writing to publishing—while gaining a range of valuable advice from these interviews through my special Patreon stream, and even actively contributing your input to help make this the best book it can be.

By joining me at Patreon, you can also receive a variety of other special benefits, including the valuable PDF 19 Vital Reminders for Bilingual and Multilingual Success, which is a crystal-clear blueprint for successfully raising bilingual and multilingual children.

Learn more at my Patreon page.

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If you’re feeling discouraged or frustrated about your bilingual or multilingual aim for your kids, this video can help. It offers a fresh, empowering perspective that comes from a chapter of my popular book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids.

Remember, you can always find friendly support, too, at The Bilingual Zoo, the web’s liveliest community for parents raising bilingual and multilingual children.

View this video at Bilingual Monkeys TV and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Learn more about the book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability.

This Christmas, Give the Gift of Greater Success and Joy on the Bilingual Journey

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Sales of this book help keep our online community going and growing! Thank you for your support (including your reviews, which I really appreciate)! And warm wishes to you all! :mrgreen:

Foreign Language Rights Now Available for Translations of This Popular Book on Raising Bilingual Children

Since its release in April 2016, the original English edition of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids has earned passionate praise from both parents and experts in the field and generated strong sales around the world in both paperback and digital versions.

Bilingual Adventures, the publishing imprint behind the book, is now inviting offers, from publishers worldwide, for the foreign language rights to this popular book on a topic of immense interest in today’s global community.

Details on the contents of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, as well as numerous reviews, can be found on this page at Bilingual Monkeys.

Specifics on the publishing rights currently available, along with a chance to view the first 45 pages of this 310-page book, are noted on this page at Pubmatch.

Publishers and others interested in the opportunity of producing new language editions of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability are encouraged to contact the author, Adam Beck, at this email address: adam[at]bilingualmonkeys.com

Recommended Resources: Great Books and Blogs for Nurturing a Child's Multicultural Spirit

One of the deeper themes of my efforts to support the bilingual and multilingual journey of families in the world—as I stress in such posts as Why Raising a Bilingual Child Matters in a World Gone Mad and Why Your Bilingual Child Is Tied, Profoundly, to Hiroshima and Peace—is the idea that children with ability in more than one language can potentially feel keener empathy for others and contribute to creating a more harmonious world through their outlook and actions.

I realize, of course, that the world is still very far from the peaceful place we wish it was—and I admit to wrestling with a more jaded side, too—but I nevertheless continue to believe that the efforts we make, including our efforts to raise bilingual and multilingual children, do make a productive difference to the larger arc of our evolution as a species.

Great books and blogs

This same idea—that expanding our familiarity with the world and our empathy for others can help promote greater peace on this fragile planet—is the essential aim of two books on nurturing a spirit of multiculturalism that I wholeheartedly recommend: Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is now 1 year old!

This Book on Raising Bilingual Children Can Have a Powerful Impact on Your Family, Too

Since it’s release exactly one year ago, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids has provided a powerful boost to families around the world. While the book has been widely praised by many parents and experts in the field, today, on this first anniversary, I’d like to spotlight the impressions of one particular reader, a mother of two young children in the United States. Her experience of the book—how it has empowered her family’s bilingual journey—is exactly why I wrote it and her comments are so gratifying to me.

Deborah, who’s originally from Brazil but has lived in the U.S. for the past 10 years, was kind enough to allow me to share these comments today along with a photo of her lovely family (and their large fluffy friend).

I can’t say enough good things about Adam Beck’s book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability. Before I read it, I was hopeless that my almost 4-year-old son would become proficient in Portuguese, my mother language. However, after reading Adam’s book and putting into practice every tactic suitable to our circumstances, I noticed extraordinary progress in my son’s language (Portuguese) ability. He is now 4 years and 5 months old and not only does he speak Portuguese only with me, but he has also started to read Portuguese (he can read English really well) and interacts with his little brother, 20 months old, in Portuguese most of the time. I am beyond excited with such striking progress and forever thankful to Adam for raising awareness on bilingualism and providing invaluable tools for our bilingual children to thrive.

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Maximize Your Child's Bilingual AbilityBREAKING NEWS: There’s a wonderful new review of my book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids at the popular site Spanish Playground. This review is especially gratifying to me because Jennifer Brunk has captured the content and spirit of the book so well in her impressions.

Here’s the first part of her detailed review…

Not long after I started Spanish Playground, Adam Beck began writing his blog Bilingual Monkeys. As I read his early posts, I recognized a talented educator and a kindred spirit. His book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability was released last year, and since then I have recommended it often to parents raising bilingual children. Without fail, their reaction is “Thank you. This is exactly what I need.”

Raising bilingual children is the right thing to do, but not an easy thing to do. In my experience, the biggest obstacle for most families is that they simply don’t know how – how to start, how to sustain the effort and how to cope with all of the complications and obstacles that inevitably arise. Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability teaches parents what they need to know.

Adam Beck is a teacher and parent raising bilingual children with a passion, playfulness and kindness that mirrors my own approach. He also has a deep understanding of how children acquire language. In the book he shares his genius for applying that knowledge to everyday family life.

To read the whole review, please visit this page at Spanish Playground…

Raising Bilingual Kids: How to Succeed
http://www.spanishplayground.net/raising-bilingual-children-how-to-succeed/
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To read more reviews of my book, see the links at…

What the World Is Saying About My Book On Raising Bilingual Children

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The article below appeared in the latest print issue of GetHiroshima Magazine.

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