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Foreign Language Books for Children

It doesn’t take being an adult to learn another language, kids can too.

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Languages other than your own are hard to learn. Hell, your own was challenging enough that some adults are still struggling with it. Even you yourself probably failed at adopting a foreign tongue you swore would be a cakewalk, didn’t you?

Let’s make things a bit easier for the next generation, shall we? Just a bit though, they are still going to be putting in the work. Get them to learn a new language dynamically by gifting them these didactic language books for children. They can only come out “mas inteligentes” after reading them.

#1 Things That Happen By Chance by Gail Daldy

Things That Happen By Chance by Gail Daldy
Things That Happen By Chance is a children’s book about taking a closer look at the little things in life and sharing simple life lessons. It is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic and Dyslexic with more translations planned. The translated editions support dual language learning with both English and another language appearing on each page. By having two languages displayed the book is fun and enjoyable to read for both children and parents who may be fluent in one language but not the other.

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#2 English Grammar and Writing Skills

English Grammar and Writing Skills
This book consists of numerous exercises to strengthen grammar and focuses on ensuring that the basics of the English language are strong and it tests this at the end of each topic. Difficult topics like reported speech, voice and tense have been explained in a simple and easy way. Additionally, it is rich in examples and aims to teach grammar through a promising, step-by-step process.

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#3 10 Bedtime Stories in English and French with Audio

10 Bedtime Stories in English and French with Audio
This is a great collection of fun and engaging stories in both English and French, ideal for kids between the age of 8 and 12. It enables them to practice their reading and listening skills as the book comes with the audio. Plus, it will encourage them to keep developing their imagination.

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#4 The Boy Who Loved Words

The Boy Who Loved Words
Teaching your kid how to love and enjoy the words is essential and luckily this books helps in that. Filled with a variety of unique expressions, it will help its readers develop their vocabularies and learn more about their own language in the first place.

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#5 Little Pim: Feelings by Julia Pimsleur Levine

Little Pim: Feelings by Julia Pimsleur Levine
The Little Pim series is a great way to teach your children basics words in Spanish and French. In this case, we have recommended the book about feelings. Little Pim is a panda who goes through a variety of feelings (happy, sad, scared, etc) as he loses his way, and you can read the Spanish and French words for those feelings along with beautiful illustrations, which will help your child remember them. If you enjoy this, there are also other books which will teach your children colour, numbers, animal names, etc.

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#6 11 Bilingual Fairy Tales in Spanish and English

11 Bilingual Fairy Tales in Spanish and English
If you are interested in raising a bilingual child, then this is a very good book to use. Each story is conveniently translated with a paragraph in English and Spanish. Additionally, the book comes with an easy-listening audio component for anyone who is interested in having their child acquire Spanish as a foreign language.

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#7 The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
A good fairytale book that has a Spanish translation to an all-time favourite classic. If you recall reading it as a child, you will love reading the Spanish version to your children.

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#8 Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood
A classic bilingual fairytale that can be used to teach your child English and Spanish. The book has GREAT illustrations and is well-written with a text that is easy to follow for the reader.

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#9 The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs
This classic fairytale is a story that is easy to read with beautifully detailed drawings. It a story that the whole family can enjoy in either English or Spanish.

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#10 Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna

Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna
This book is a good read in any language. The book has a nice presentation that can easily gain the interest of children. The book is rich in detail and it is very simple for children to follow. If you recall reading the English version as a child, then you will certainly love to read the Spanish version with your children.

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#11 ¿Eres Mi Mama?

¿Eres Mi Mama?
This is a good book to read to children in both languages. This book is easy to comprehend, very repetitive with easy to pronounce words and a recurring theme. This is a book to read to children as a bedtime story that they would not want to put down.

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#12 Qué cosas dice mi abuela

Qué cosas dice mi abuela
A very fun and engaging book. This is a MUST HAVE that includes classic phrases and expressions to teach children culture and values. Also, the book has good illustrations and Spanish sayings.

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Contributors to this article
Gail Daldy from Secret Quay Media Inc

Ayush Anant from GetLitt

Laurice Wardini from Subscriptionly

Nirbhay Kanoria from The Curious Reader

Brian Morton from Dr. Morton

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