Empower Your Efforts, and Your Success, at Raising Bilingual Children!

Hello! I’m Adam Beck, founder of this blog and head keeper of The Bilingual Zoo, a lively worldwide forum for parents. The ideas and inspiration you’ll find at these two sites, and in my popular books, including the widely-read Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, can help you realize your dream of raising bilingual or multilingual kids. Read more about me and my work.

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Do you dream of raising a bilingual or multilingual child? My two practical books on this theme have helped empower the joyful success of families around the world and could help you achieve the same dream for your family. Along with these two books, I’ve published language learning resources, activity books, and an award-winning novel, a humorous, action-packed adventure in the spirit of Roald Dahl that’s great fun for both children and adults, to read alone or read aloud. I hope my books bring value to you and your family. If so, I’d be very grateful if you’d share them with others through social media, word-of-mouth, and reviews at Amazon and Goodreads.

Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability

Praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is the practical, real-world guidebook to the bilingual journey by Adam Beck, founder of the popular blog Bilingual Monkeys and the lively forum The Bilingual Zoo. Adam shares the best of his personal experience as an educator and parent, working with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children, and packs 20 years as a professional in this field into a uniquely empowering book with 310 pages of clear, actionable advice.

Available at booksellers, worldwide, in paperback and Kindle e-book.

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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 44-page 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. And the many humorous illustrations make it a winner with kids, too!

Available at booksellers, worldwide, in paperback.

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28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables

28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables is a language learning resource (not a picture book) designed to fuel the improvement of learners of Spanish or English. Engaging and effective for children, teens, and adults, with easy access to online audio files offering professional narration in both languages. A useful, flexible resource for self-study, homeschooling, or classroom use, it includes ideas for learners, parents, and teachers to make the most of this book in order to advance their language learning aims.

The book consists of familiar stories crafted in short, simple texts on dual English and Spanish pages that can benefit a wide range of ages and learning situations:

*Children, monolingual or bilingual, who are developing their language and literacy ability in Spanish and/or English, whether at home or at school.

*Teens and adults who are language learners of Spanish or English, whether studying on their own or in a classroom.

Available at booksellers, worldwide, in paperback and Kindle e-book.

How I Lost My Ear

Finalist in both the Readers’ Favorite 2019 International Book Award Contest and the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards, How I Lost My Ear is the action-packed, laugh-out-loud novel by author Adam Beck and illustrator Simon Farrow. A wildly entertaining adventure for all ages, to read alone or read aloud, the story spirals forward with a book-loving boy, a marching band, a moody grandmother with beautiful blond curls, a long-lost hero and his three-legged moose, a dancing bear, a poisonous spider, a baby-snatching owl, a shaggy yak of a man and his snapping turtle, a herd of 144 spitting llamas—and a very large, very hungry ogre.

Available at booksellers, worldwide, in paperback and e-book.

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Bearded Dragon Daydreams Coloring Book

A fun-filled coloring book for all ages, Bearded Dragon Daydreams finally answers the profound question that has puzzled the world for centuries:

What are bearded dragons thinking when they’re staring into space?

In this delightful book you’ll find 30 illustrations that show what these thoughtful creatures are daydreaming about when sitting quietly and gazing off into the distance. In addition, there are two “challenge pages” for drawing your own bearded dragon daydreams.

Each coloring page is single-sided, with the back intentionally left blank, so they can be colored more cleanly and even removed from the book for display, if desired.

Along with coloring and drawing fun, this book can be used in various ways to promote language development in children. It includes a page of useful ideas to help parents make the most of the book as a productive language tool with their kids.

Available at booksellers, worldwide, in paperback.

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