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“Bilingual Earth”: An Exciting New Book Project (And I invite you to be part of it!)

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

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Bilingual Lives: Beatrice Beckmann, Founder of KinderBooks, a Subscription Service for Children’s Books

To successfully raise a bilingual or multilingual child, the main requirement is language exposure: the child must receive an ample amount of meaningful input in the target language (or languages) on a regular basis. And the more of this input you can provide, from yourself and/or from other sources of exposure, the greater the odds of fostering active language ability. The two central pillars for providing this exposure are abundant speech (from you or from other speakers of the target

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10 Board Books That I Will Hand Down to My Kids for Their Children

We moved in August and I’m now gradually organizing the many books and papers that I’ve amassed over the 22 years I’ve lived in Hiroshima. One box contains the early board books that I read to my kids—who are now 14 and 11—when they were just babies and toddlers. I’m in the process of repacking the box, to store safely away in a closet, but I thought I might stop and share with you the 10 board books that I

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Bilingual Lives: Victor Santos, Creator of Innovative Language-Learning Resources

When Victor Santos contacted me earlier this year, to share the innovative language-learning flashcards that he and his wife developed for their young son—and now for children throughout the world—I was immediately impressed with the thought and creativity that have gone into them. The fact is, these flashcards are unique, unlike any others you’ll currently find on the market, and could well be a valuable addition to the resources you use to promote your target language(s). I was also impressed

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Fantastic Bilingual Book Project for Children and Parents

Two years ago, I shared a creative project that was carried out by Nellie Robertson and her two children. They live in the U.S. and Nellie is originally from Hungary, which means that English is their majority language and Hungarian is their minority language. The project took place over the course of a full year and involved a stuffed alligator named Alfonzo, who they sent on a worldwide trip to enjoy “homestays” with a number of families (including mine!) who

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Bilingual Lives: Ana Cristina Gluck, Author and Publisher of Multilingual Books for Children

Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book? I think this idea has crossed the minds of many people, particularly parents who read a lot of picture books to their own kids. And some of these parents, of course, are seeking to raise bilingual children and so the book they imagine writing would be in their mother tongue, to help their kids—and other kids in the world—learn that language and appreciate that culture. Well, one parent who has fulfilled

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Feeling Discouraged About Raising Bilingual Children? Watch This Video.

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

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At The Bilingual Zoo: There Are Now 13 Challenges That Can Strengthen Your Success at Raising Bilingual Children

Want to strengthen your daily efforts, and your long-term success, at raising bilingual or multilingual children? The challenges at The Bilingual Zoo are designed to do just that by offering ideas and inspiration for a range of key actions that can produce very positive results. (And you don’t have to be a member of The Bilingual Zoo community to take part—access to our forum is open to everyone—but since membership is free, why not?) The latest challenge involves what’s probably

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Bilingual Lives: Delia Berlin, Author of Bilingual Picture Books

Ever wonder about the value of bilingual books for kids? Delia Berlin, an author of bilingual picture books who grew up in Argentina and Brazil yet has lived in the United States through her adult years, wrote a very insightful guest post on this subject… A Writer’s Perspective on the Value of Bilingual Books for Children, Families, and Schools Honestly, Delia’s post had me looking at the value of bilingual books in a broader light and because I felt she

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7 Interviews with Adam Beck, Author of “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”

This post brings together seven interviews that I’ve given about raising bilingual and multilingual children (and other matters that may surprise you) through podcasts and video. Podcast Interviews Raising a Bilingual Child – Episode 37 Preschool and Beyond, with host Mike Dlott Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability – Episode 125 Bilingual Avenue, with host Marianna Du Bosq How to Raise Happy Bilingual Children – Episode 5 Bilingual Kids Rock, with host Olena Centeno Culture Clash! Something’s Different Here – Episode

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Interview with Hennie Jacobs, Author of the Uniquely Bilingual “Betty & Cat” Book Series

Today I’d like to give a loud shout-out to author Hennie Jacobs and her uniquely bilingual children’s books. While it’s true that, as a rule, I no longer feature specific titles for bilingual children’s books at this site (continuing to do so is beyond my capacity), I feel that Hennie has taken an inspired approach to the challenge of creating “bilingual books” and I want to share her work with you. What makes Hennie’s books different from the many other

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