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.
Country (residing now): France Country (originally from): France Children, Ages: 2 girls of 4 years old and 11 months old Majority Language: French Minority Language(s): Spanish (ml1 - "dominant") and English (ml2 -"recessive")
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.
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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!
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