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4 Beautiful Bilingual Books to Read for International Literacy Day

September 8, 2019

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss

Happy International Literacy Day!

International Literacy Day is celebrated every year on September 8th to bring attention to literacy around the world. Reading helps children become more creative, curious, and empathetic and sets them up for success in school. Reading with your child is also a great way to bond!

Did you know BridgeWay Family Centre builds literacy into all our programs? From Infant Massage, where babies develop communication skills by using eye contact and body language with their parents, to Preschool Time, where older children are introduced to materials that highlight letters and words, children are developing pre-literacy through connection and play. Reading, talking, singing, and playing all have language and literacy built into them.

The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Multilingualism”. Here are four great books you can read with your child to celebrate!

1. Adriana recommends The Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration

Adriana likes to read bilingual books like The Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration in our Amigos de Dora program, where children are introduced to Spanish. The Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration allows children to follow along in both languages while learning about the traditional Mexican holiday.

2. Lucy recommends 棕熊棕熊你看到什麼 / Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The simple text, colourful illustrations, rhythm, and rhymes of the classic children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? make this book perfect for young readers. Children learn vocabulary for colours and animals as the brown bear encounters a red bird, a yellow duck, a green frog, and more. Mandarin speaking families can join Lucy for this and other Mandarin books, songs and activities at Mandarin Family Time.

3. Chandrika recommendsफ्लॉपी के दोस्त / Floppy’s Friends

In this bilingual Hindi/English book, Floppy’s bunny friends learn that we all have a lot to gain from people who are different from us. You can find more great bilingual books like this one at our Heart Lake EarlyON centre. When you’re there, check out language-rich programs like Family Time and Tales ‘n Tunes for stories and songs!

4. Caitlin recommends L’invention de M. Monsieur

L’invention de M. Monsieur is a fully French book by a francophone author, featuring short sentences and funny dialogue that are great for language learners. (You can also follow along with the English translation, Mr. King’s Machine.) For more French books like this, check out our bilingual French Immersion Family Time or join French-speaking staff like Caitlin at Horizon Jeunesse, our fully francophone EarlyON centre!

Want to enjoy even more stories with your little ones? Join us for programs like Circle Story Time, Family Time, Librarian Visit, and Read and Play. Read on!