Our children speak English as their minority language. Last year, when my oldest made 5, he got the book 'Fantastic Mr. Fox', in Norwegian (the majority language). He loved it! And his 3 year old sister loved it too! So, after a holiday in England, I decided to try reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' in English for him. And he loves it! He always begs me to read just one more chapter!
So, Roald Dahl's children's books are highly recommended!
While in England we also bought a few picture books, and 'The Gruffalo' by July Donaldson was a hit! It was also very nice to read, so after a few days basically all the four of us knew it by heart.
Anyone who has other children's books in English that are captivating?
One tip I've been pondering is buying books of popular characters...perhaps my child will like Caillou or Oui Oui in France (his name is Noddy in English!) Both of these have TV and book formats in both ML and ml...so it could be a good way to use the ml...if the child's friends are into the same characters.
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our daughter in France. Our daughter is doing great with English:) recently our son was born.
My son loves this series: Mercy Watson is a series of chapter books written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Mercy Watson is also the fictional pig who stars in the series. Mr. and Mrs. Watson have no children. So one day, they go for a ride.
Now we are looking into other series from the same author.
"New Day,New attitude,New Blessings, New things to learn,New adventures to conquer."Marielys Martí
In another life, I'd love to be a children's librarian. (One of my all-time favorite picture books is Library Lion, which chokes me up every time I read it aloud.) I adore children's books and have amassed a large collection over the years as a teacher and parent. However, now that my children are older, and we read fewer picture books, I'm afraid I no longer keep up with newer titles. (I'd like to see the book you mentioned, Sam.)
In any event, here are some of my favorite authors. (In some cases, I'll be repeating suggestions already made, but they're worth seconding.)
**NEW! Bearded Dragon Daydreams Coloring Book, created by me and my son, is now available at booksellers worldwide!** Adam Beck is the author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
We have Richard Scarry's "Biggest Word Book Ever", in ML as it's not available in our ml, but I don't think ML-Daddy has ever looked at it with our daughter, it's always her and me looking at the pictures and finding certain characters (Lowly Worm) or playing I Spy. It's so big she has also used it for puppet theatre!
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9