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Books by Adam Beck

Engaging books for language-loving families

Bilingual Adventures, the publishing imprint of Bilingual Monkeys, produces a range of engaging books for language-loving families all over the world. This growing line of popular titles include nonfiction, fiction, language learning books, picture books, and activity books.

Nonfiction books

The nonfiction books published by Bilingual Adventures provide practical, real-world support to parents raising bilingual or multilingual children, empowering families toward realizing even greater success and joy on their language journey.

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

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. And the book is now available in Polish, too!


Bilingual Success Stories Around the World: Parents Raising Multilingual Kids Share Their Experiences and Encouragement

Bilingual Success Stories Around the World is a real-life roadmap to greater success and joy for any parent raising bilingual or multilingual children. Written by Adam Beck, in the same empowering spirit as his influential first book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, this practical, worldly-wise guide features the success stories of a wide range of families and details the kinds of attitudes and actions that can enable your family to enjoy the same sort of rewarding success. The focus of this book is on the actual practice of raising children to acquire active ability in more than one language, conveyed through the revealing experiences of parents who are now succeeding admirably at their bilingual or multilingual aim. Read this book for ideas and inspiration to help you realize your own family’s joyful success story!



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!


Language learning books

The language learning books published by Bilingual Adventures, with accompanying online audio files, are engaging and effective resources that can help fuel the language development of children, teens, and adults in a range of learning situations and settings.

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, available in paperback or e-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.

Picture books

The picture books published by Bilingual Adventures, beginning with our first wordless picture book, are not only colorful, fun-filled stories, they also serve as productive language-learning resources in both homes and schools.

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone is a beautiful wordless picture book by Adam Beck, author of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability and Bilingual Success Stories Around the World. Full of fun and joy, the story is told through the pictures alone which makes it perfect for sharing with children in any language. With 46 engaging, full-color pages, the book can serve as an enjoyable and effective resource for language input and interaction in homes and schools worldwide. While ideal for read-aloud time with younger kids (try having your child “read” the book to you!), it can be used to inspire writing practice in older kids, too.

Bearded dragon is a quiet, mild-mannered little lizard when others are around. But when this spunky reptile is home alone, it’s a very different story! Let the mischief-making begin in this joyful wordless picture book, a fun-filled romp for kids and grown-ups alike!

Activity books

The activity books published by Bilingual Adventures are fun, creative resources for children and useful tools for parents in their efforts to promote engagement and progress in the target language—and with coloring books, that means any target language!

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.

Fiction books

The fiction books published by Bilingual Adventures offer high-spirited stories and illustrations that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. At the same time, these books serve as effective resources for promoting language development and a love of language and literacy.

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.


I hope you find my books to be engaging and effective resources for advancing your bilingual or multilingual aim with your kids. If so, I’d be grateful if you’d share your positive impressions with others online and off, including in short reviews at Amazon and Goodreads. Happy reading!

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