My daughter's birthday is coming up and as usual I want to buy her a couple of books. However as she's not much of a reader at the moment and is still learning to read, I'm not sure whether to only buy one or two including a joke book plus an audio book. Not really sure as the books she got for Christmas weren't very successful (maybe they were too advanced/above her level) although she did enjoy the poetry book. In fact she has been known to say in the past...oh another book!! So I'm tempted not to buy too many. What do you think? I'd love her to enjoy reading as much as I do and I know it's important for her biliteracy.
I had a bit of this issue with my 4 year old and tried purchasing books slightly different from the classic storybooks I usually bought. You can find my post here if it can be of any help.
If you look for other ml gift ideas, why not look for ml games? That would provide the opportunity to spend time together in your ml. Adam suggests some in his book. I recently got Tell Tale Fairy Tales and since my daughter also seems to like learning to write and read, I got her Match & Spell. I have to get round to play them with my daughter but I'm pretty optimistic.
Hope it can give you a few ideas.
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Tracey, to me, both quantity and quality are important when it comes to minority language books. Quantity means, of course, getting a lot of books on a regular basis (as Mayken suggests); quality means books that are appropriate and appealing for the child's age, language level, and interests (not necessarily "quality" in the sense of well-made books).
The challenging part of this equation involves finding the "right" sort of quality books for each particular child. The truth is, the choices we make won't always be winners (and that's true for us all), but the more books we bring into our home, and the more thought and effort we put into choosing them, the more quality books we'll ultimately have: books that the child will enjoy and that will help promote language exposure, literacy development, and a love of reading.
In my opinion, when children "don't like" books, it's only because they haven't yet been connected to the "right" books. In fact, if the "right" books are present, children will not only like books, they'll love books. And when children come to love books in the minority language, a big part of this battle has been won since reading can then continue to provide key input for advancing their language ability, throughout the childhood years and beyond.
That's why, personally, I've spent so much time and energy (and money, I admit) maintaining a steady stream of fiction, non-fiction, comic books, joke/puzzle books, magazines, etc. into our home. Because I've been so keen on turning my kids into bookworms, at least to the extent possible! (My son is more of a natural bookworm than my daughter, but these persistent efforts have paid off and both kids are now reasonably eager and competent readers.)
So my best advice is: Just keep at it! Your daughter may roll her eyes at "more books" (my kids do, too!), but as this post stresses, the quantity (and quality) of our home library ultimately has a lot to do with our greater success.
P.S. If you're not already familiar with the books by Julia Donaldson (like The Gruffalo), these could well be winners with both you and your daughter.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Thanks for all your advice! I agree...it was just my mum putting me off buying too many books especially when it appears she doesn't always enjoy them! Unfortunately my daughter can be pretty difficult and doesn't seem to be too interested in board/card games. She got Guess Who? and Simon for Xmas and has only played with them about twice despite my efforts to interest her in them. (She quite likes Connect 4 and Hungry Hippos but in those games language learning is more minimal!)
I try to buy her books that I enjoyed when I was a child (I have read The Folk of the Faraway Tree and The Adventures of the Wishing Chair to her which she seemed to enjoy although tried The Naughtiest Girl In the Schoo l(also Enid Blyton) and she wasn't interested. We have many of Julia Donaldson's books including The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child but I got her a slightly more "advanced" book by Julia Donaldson, Princess Mirrorbelle, and that wasn't very successful (maybe too above her level?). So I guess I will keep trying different books... Have yet to try Roald Dahl!
If you're not already familiar with the books by Julia Donaldson (like The Gruffalo), these could well be winners with both you and your daughter.
The Julia Donaldson books are the best books we've found for our girls! She's written quite a few now. We also have the CD's box set which contains all the stories as audio books and also a great CD of songs - VERY highly recommended, especially for car journeys!
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Amy: Just received your novel Adam, just in time for the weekend! I already read 3 chapters and am loving the style! Congrats!
Feb 10, 2018 6:25:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's so nice to hear, Amy! I look forward to more impressions as you continue reading!
Feb 10, 2018 10:46:14 GMT 9
Mayken: After writing a letter in the ML to her new friend for whom it is the ml, my daughter is now on the phone with her friend from ml country. (And hiding in her room with my phone. No more phone cords to hold her back.)
Feb 11, 2018 23:13:29 GMT 9
Nellie: Book ordered Adam!
Feb 15, 2018 6:20:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - so cute! The terrible teens are approaching!
Feb 15, 2018 6:21:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, thank you! I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 15, 2018 6:34:04 GMT 9
Wojtek: I found sample Eiken tests on grade 5 and 4 (There was Adam's article) and did the first part with my daughter (20 questions). On Grade 5 she did 16 of 20 correctly and on grade 4: 12 of 20. Not so bad though. She failed those where grammar was included.
Feb 15, 2018 20:43:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, your daughter is still very young so I would say those are really positive results! Your efforts are clearly producing a lot of progress. Good for you, and good for your daughter!
Feb 16, 2018 7:52:23 GMT 9
Undraa: A big congrats from my end to you for your new book Adam!
Feb 16, 2018 16:50:56 GMT 9
Wojtek: Big thanks, Adam. Those tests on grade 5 are so basic but anyway they prove that my girl understands them and knows the answers. That was quite interesting experience.
Feb 16, 2018 16:54:32 GMT 9
Wojtek: Congratulations on your book, Adam! I read the beginning on Amazon and as always I have the impression you took several pages from the dictionary with a range of sophisticated words and just put them in. That's why the book will be very valuable for me.
Feb 16, 2018 17:01:19 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, thanks! Even if you're unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary, I think the lively story will carry you through the book. I hope you enjoy it, and also find it useful for your English!
Feb 16, 2018 18:43:12 GMT 9
Dani: Hi everyone, It has been a while... Congrats on your new book Adam! Would love to get a copy too.
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