It might be nice to have a thread for ml specific resources, I'll start this one as our ml is English in France.
I've been doing well reading to my 7 month old daughter, and have even started at breakfast. Robert Munsch books are great for reading aloud (even if they go over her head). She really enjoys the way I read The Paper Bag Princess. I recommend this book, and have recently found that you can listen to, and download all of his stories read aloud, for free, on his website. If you're looking for some audio stories for listening to in the car perhaps, this is a gold mine! I think I'll make a little CD for Christmas.
Joanna- How is she 7 months old already! Time sure flies...
English is our majority language, but one of my kids was given this adorable bunny toy for a gift. You read the book, and she replies to certain taglines. This was great for her when she was three to practice improving her diction, since you have to say the words correctly and clearly, or the bunny won't respond. For example, when you read "Abigail always felt better after talking with her mom," the bunny says "I love my mom!" or "My mom is the best!"
I'm a new 'keeper' here, so I guess many of you will probably be familiar with my suggestions. But here's a short list of board books in English that my son (20 months old) has enjoyed reading so far. Many of them are great for interaction (counting, showing body parts, asking where or what the objects or characters are...)
'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes' (Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury) 'Goodnight Moon' (Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) Any 'Spot' book (Where's Spot?, Spot Goes to the Farm, ...) by Eric Hill 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' (Eric Carle)
And so many others actually... If you're interested, I could provide other titles - I'm also obviously interested in knowing about other board books in English that work well with your toddlers...
One more funny and cute thing that your baby will probably be interested in, and which I learned not so long ago, is the fingerplay called 'Round and Round the Garden'. S/he will be keen to reproduce the gestures... You will find an example of how it's done on YouTube.
You mentioned some GREAT books!!! Thankfully for me, some of them are also available in our ml, French.
Some of my favorites in English for your sons age are: 1) Sandra Boynton (The Going To Bed Book is my favorite)-I wish her books were also available in French. 2) All Dr. Seuss books are awesome for rhymes and language learning fun 3) Eric Carle has some great ones (He illustrated Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See-This is a GREAT book for young children)
Once they are a bit older, my favorite author (written in English but most are also translated into French) is Robert Munsch. His books are hilarious and many of them also come with a CD so the children can read and listen to them on their own time or in the car. Robert Munsch has an interesting biography. He is Canadian and I don't know if he still does this, but he used to drop into elementary schools, unannounced and ask to read to a class. I remember him reading to my class when I was in about grade 4. I don't know if I understood that he was a famous author, but his charismatic reading and love of books and children that exuded his being that day he read to us, has always stayed with me. I can't read one of his books without thinking back to the day this zany man read to my class and brought a story to life!
Here are a few links to lists of popular books for young children--from birth to around preschool or so, depending on the book. (Many of them are on our own bookshelves and I can recommend them personally!) I suggest exploring not only the titles given, but the authors, too, who have often produced other appealing books.
Hi all, I'd like to recommend two pop-up books: Who's Who in the Woods and Who's Who in the Water. They must be kept out of little hands (pop-ups are fragile) but my daughter has been loving them for about 6 months (she's 15 months now). She gets very excited every time I read them to her...maybe I'll get a video and send 'proof'. Happy reading!
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, happily transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our baby daughter in France.
Joanna, yes, I can vouch for the appeal of pop-up books! When my son was younger, I regularly took him to a big bookstore in town and he would sit there in the section of pop-up books for the longest time (until I had to pull him away). It's a happy memory and those captivating pop-up books helped turn him into an eager reader!
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Mayken: My girl and I are going to see her ml grandma in our ml country for the Easter weekend. (And buy more books!)
Apr 13, 2017 4:35:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I hope you two have a fun, book-happy weekend!
Apr 13, 2017 5:23:08 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Paris to Cologne we sat next to another ml mother and daughter from our school! Only noticed when almost in Cologne. It's a small ML-ml world!
Apr 13, 2017 21:40:37 GMT 9
Amy: Got fleeting impression during Skype call with daughter on holiday at grandparents' in ml1 country, that her ml1 pronunciation has improved! She even seemed more confident speaking in ml2!
Apr 14, 2017 23:12:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, you and your kids are both doing so well! Keep up your wonderful efforts!
Apr 15, 2017 21:26:50 GMT 9
Mayken: During the traditional German Easter fire, my daughter met her friend from her school day in the ml school! So many birds with one stone! (Sorry for the birds ;))
Apr 16, 2017 18:51:11 GMT 9