Language Activity: Choose Books Without Words!

by Corey · 2 comments

Multilingual Living reader, Ida, sent in the following creative reading tip.  Thank you Ida for taking the time to share this with us!

We all know that books are important for the child’s language development and that they can be used as a wonderful source of new words. This is especially true for parents that find themselves in my situation: being the only adult speaker of the particular language in the child’s day-to-day surroundings. And while it might be quite easy to find children’s books in English, French or Spanish, it is not as easy to find books in a “smaller” language. You often have to rely on kind friends and family to send you those valuable books that, unfortunately, weigh enough to make the shipping expensive.

Even though I often just pick up one of the kids’ books in French and read it, translating it into Swedish as I go along, I have come to prefer books without any text at all! These books allow you to invent your own story, changing it whenever you feel like it and inviting the children to participate. And we can read them in whatever language we want to, which means that both parents can read it. That’s a win-win deal to me!

Some of Ida's favorite books by Dutch illustrator Gerda Muller

My favorite example of these kinds of books comes from Dutch illustrator Gerda Muller. She has published a beautiful series of four books, one for each season, which follows a group of children in their everyday lives. My three-year old loves them!

Thank you, Ida, for sending us this language activity!
You can find Ida at her BLOG.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Colleen Trimble June 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Those books look cute! And that would be nice to have books that you can read in either language.


2 Corey June 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

Don’t those look lovely? I really like this activity and the reminder that pretty much anything can be used as an excuse to use our language with our kids.


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