If your child is growing up in a bilingual home, there are lots of resources available to help you. The most important thing is that you keep reading and talking to you child in both languages.
Share books with your children as much as possible, sing and say rhymes together and watch your children’s language skills grow!
Research shows that children can understand more than one language as early as 4 months, well before they begin to talk. There is no evidence that learning more than one language may confuse your child- in fact, bilingual children are more skilled at dealing with complexity and better at concentrating.
For more general information about sharing songs, stories, and rhymes with children, the National Literacy Trust have created a selection of quick tip sheets for parents and practitioners that are available in 17 different languages.
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to include dual language books in the Bookbug Packs but there are lots of ways of getting hold of books for your family.
Ania, mother of Patryk (18 months)
“My partner and I are from Poland but our son Patryk was born in Scotland, and we’d like him to be bilingual. Since he was born, books and music have become very important to us. I love singing rhymes to him; it’s great fun. I can see he loves listening to me singing and watching me making faces- I think it helps him have a better understanding of words and he is even starting to copy the ‘moves’!
I noticed that Patryk prefers Polish rhymes when at home with me, but enjoys rhymes in English at our weekly meetings at the library. Most of the time I sing the rhymes I used to sing or loved myself as a child- it brings back good memories. We also listen to lots of great nursery songs or lullabies on CDs that I buy in Poland. And with the internet, I can quickly and easily find new rhymes and songs for us to learn together.
For me, rhymes are the most amusing way to make kids read, write and have fun. It’s time well spent!”
How do I get books in other languages?
If you are interested in purchasing books in other languages, we would recommend trying Mantra Lingua.
This website has a fantastic range of well-known and undiscovered titles in 52 different languages.
Visit your local library
Lots of libraries now stock a range of bilingual books and books in other languages. Find out how to get in touch with your local library here.
Get in touch with your local Bookbug Co-ordinator
Your local Bookbug Co-ordinator will also be able to help you with any enquiries about bilingual books, resources and Bookbug Sessions in your area. You can find out their contact details here.
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