Bilingual books for children are great for so many reasons!
For my family:
Bilingual books are books that have the same text translated into 2 different languages.
For my family, we have children's books in both English and Spanish.
I have had a DIFFICULT time finding a good selection of Spanish-English bilingual books in stores. Actually...impossible! So, as usual, I turned to the internet and found a pretty decent selection from babies up to about 1st grade.
Check out my favorites so far!
There are a few different ways to read bilingual books.
For general tips on how to read to your child, check out how to read bilingual books for children.
How: When you introduce a new vocabulary word to your child in one language, explain the same vocabulary word in the other language. Make sure to talk about all parts of a vocabulary word (category, function, description, location)!
Why: When a child learns a second language, he or she doesn't have to invent the wheel every time! There is language transfer between the first and second language.
For example, if a child learns about a zebra in English, he or she already knows about the concept of a zebra in Spanish. He or she may know that a zebra is from Africa, has stripes, and can be seen at the zoo. When that child learns about a zebra in English, he or she can connect all that vocabulary information from Spanish to English.