Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Now Available Worldwide

The new book from Adam Beck, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, is now available worldwide as both a paperback and an e-book. Adam shares the best of his personal experience as a teacher and parent, working with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children over the past 20 years, in this empowering 310-page guide to the bilingual journey.

Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability



“As a mother raising bilingual children, and professionally, as a speech-language specialist, I’ve read and written extensively on the area of bilingualism. There are many resources readily available out there for bilingual families, but Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is uniquely special. Adam’s use of Perspectives (ways of thinking) and Principles (ways of acting) will certainly bring about right thinking that leads to right doing when it comes to fostering active bilingual ability in children.” —Ana Paula in the United States

“I found reading Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability a very uplifting experience. It’s easy to read and very enjoyable. Adam speaks from his heart straight into yours and offers a great guide to bilingualism and good parenting. Although I would have loved to read it before my children were born, I gained so much knowledge and tips about bringing up children bilingually that I can’t wait to start putting it all into practice! Definitely the most useful, practical, and motivating book on the market.” —Arancha in Spain

“As an American ex-patriot and father of a bilingual family in Japan, I was thrilled to find the community of bilingual parents and children which Adam has founded online at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo. Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is the perfect guidebook for our family’s ongoing multilingual journey. Adam deftly combines anecdotes from his own experience with a depth of technical knowledge and invaluable research to present a comprehensive program to support any family’s language learning goals. His sensitivity to the thousand daily struggles and gifts of fatherhood in a global family are always a joy to read.” —Jonathan in Japan


What makes this book different

  • Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability has been in the making for 20 years, ever since I first began teaching, and then parenting, bilingual and multilingual children. The writing process itself has taken well over three years.
  • It’s a big book, over 77,000 words, and shares the best of my personal experience as a longtime practitioner of bilingual acquisition in children. It explores the subject in unusual depth from a practical standpoint, focusing on the day-to-day reality of effectively, and enjoyably, fueling language development.
  • I have sought to create a book that offers a comprehensive breadth of ideas and inspiration—“a big buffet of food for thought”—that will help parents of any background, anywhere in the world, experience even greater success on their bilingual journey.
  • Like my blog and forum, I have done my best to make the book not only informative and encouraging, but engaging to read. While some of the content naturally overlaps with my work online, I’ve also gone far beyond it by providing a wealth of new material, diving deep into the ways of thinking and acting that can lead to more productive efforts and stronger progress.
  • The full appendix not only includes helpful information on additional resources, it contains a targeted Reader’s Guide for individuals and groups: a list of 45 key questions about maximizing a child’s bilingual ability tied directly to the content of the book.



Why I wrote this book

The reason I wrote this book is the same reason I write about raising bilingual kids at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo: because this subject matters. As a longtime teacher and parent of bilingual children, I understand how deeply, how personally, the subject of raising bilingual kids matters to families everywhere, all across the world. And because I’ve been blessed to gain experience and knowledge in this area, I’ve grown to consider it a deep duty to share what I can with others who might benefit. After all, language lies at the heart of our lives, and the more successful we can be at fostering language ability in our children, the more our families—now and for years to come—will potentially experience greater joy and fulfillment. That, to me, is the larger purpose of my work.


“This is a very inspirational book, full of funny anecdotes and helpful tips, that you will want to put into practice right away. A must-read for bilingual families.” —Gabi in Argentina

“An honest and engaging book full of motivational insights and practical advice on how to foster bilingualism, from an author with a uniquely valuable perspective as both an educator and a parent. It is culturally sensitive, respectful, and valuable to any family raising bilingual children, no matter its location, languages, or finances. The book is informative, methodical, and realistic about the challenges of raising bilingual children, yet it will propel your enthusiasm and provide you with countless incentives to keep on going. The second part, Principles, is a treasure trove of wonderful practical ideas and creative tips.” —Julia in the United States

“Adam brings us this book with his perspective as both a language educator and a parent in the trenches, living the experience alongside us. He separates the book into two distinct sections: Perspectives and Principles—making it clear that our feelings about and dedication to the bilingual journey will inevitably shape our actions and our success. Adam’s book is comprehensive. He goes beyond nuts and bolts to our emotions, passion, motivations, and frustrations. His anecdotes and illustrations keep the book light and readable for every parent. He has a unique way of encouraging parents throughout the book, and tells us that every parent can be successful at raising a bilingual child. If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, and need some encouragement as well as some concrete suggestions to help you along the way, look no further. This is the book you need.” —Alisa in France


How to get a copy of my book and help me spread the word

Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is available in paperback and as an e-book at Amazon.com. The paperback can be delivered anywhere in the world from the U.S. (And it makes a great gift, too!) The Kindle e-book can be read on any tablet, smartphone, or computer, too, by using the free Kindle reading apps.
Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability

Get the paperback or e-book at Amazon.com

The paperbook and e-book can also be obtained directly from other Amazon sites, including…
Amazon UK
Amazon Spain
Amazon France
Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy
Amazon Canada

The e-book edition (and possibly paperback, too, if in stock) is available at these Amazon sites…
Amazon Japan
Amazon Australia
Amazon The Netherlands
Amazon Brazil
Amazon Mexico
Amazon India

To help me spread the word, please…

  • Read my book and share your impressions by posting a review at Amazon.com, the global Amazon sites, Goodreads, and other sites online. (Even a short review is fine!) Reviews are very important and I’d be really grateful for your support and feedback.
  • Tell others about my book by making use of…
    1. this PDF book announcement for easy sharing: open PDF book announcement
    2. this link to the book page at Amazon.com:
    3. this link to my author page at Amazon.com:
    4. the link to this blog page:
  • If you run a blog, website or online group, please consider posting something about my book. For review copies, and other inquiries for interviews, guest posts, or presentations, please email me directly: adam[at]bilingualmonkeys.com

Thank you so much, everyone! I’m thrilled to finally share this book with you!