Thanks so much for all your suggestions Marta and Mayken! I need to do more research to see if I can get these books for affordable prices. For some reason the prices on Amazon for books in original languages other than English seem a little extreme, but books translated from English are a much better price.
I just found Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White in our ml (Spanish) at a library near us. I was thrilled because I read it growing up. If I couldn’t find it in ml I would have let her read it in ML because it’s a book I don’t want her to miss out on during her childhood.
For English I’d also recommend the “Greetings from Somewhere” series of 10 books. It’s the only series my daughter re-reads on a regular basis. It’s similar to early Magic Tree House books in length and difficulty.
Last year, I came across a number of chapter book series put out by Scholastic in a new line called Branches. The books are specifically developed for the 5-7 year old set transitioning from picture to chapter books. My kids love them. They are a cross between graphic novels and novels with high-interest characters and stories.
We've read: Kung Pow Chicken: a 4-book series about two superhero brothers, who are also chickens. Press Start: an old-school video game rabbit takes on bad guys Haggis and Tank Unleashed: 2 dogs with big imaginations (lots of word play in this series based on homonyms which leads to funny misunderstandings between the characters) Eerie Elementary: just started this one about a school that is alive and trying to eat its students
There are a whole bunch of other series. I bought most of these online through Amazon or Book Depository, which has free worldwide shipping.
Post by Abbi Gutierrez on Apr 13, 2018 6:03:48 GMT 9
My son is enjoying the Usborne reading libraries at bedtime at the moment, there are three sets in boxes with loads of titles including lots of shortened versions of classics that I haven't even read myself. I am learning lots too!
Just to add a new hit to the list, from the Branches series (thank you Kris T for the tip) the "Dragon Masters". Just preordered the last (10th) book in the series, and my son just cannot get enough of them. He actually wanted to make a book review, which turned out to be a lovely video in ml2.
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Amy: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9
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Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9