Books That Help Kids Learn a
New Language

by Melissa Taylor

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We know the many benefits of speaking more than one language, so how can we support kids with learning a new language or reinforcing more than one language at home? One way is with bilingual children’s books.

Pro tip: Reading bilingual children’s books might even help you if you need a refresh on a second language. Which brings me to an important point: you don’t have to be a perfect, fluent speaker yourself to read books in other languages. Do your best, and if you want to improve your pronunciation, check if an audiobook option is available.

With bilingual books, you can either read one language at a time or both languages one after the other. For the latter, it’s enriching to discuss what your child notices is different between the two languages and what new words they’re learning.