Language Challenge 180: Week 2 Giveaway

by Corey · 52 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its second Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize from Ana Lomba! This giveaway will only be open for 7 days, so enter today!

The winner of our first Language Challenge 180 giveaway is Sophie in New Zealand! Congratulations! Thank you everyone for entering our first Language Challenge 180 giveaway! Your answers were amazing and fantastic!!

As we all know, learning language in context is the way to go. Stories are one of the best ways to share language with our children. The words, sentences and storyline captivate even the youngest language learner. When combined with charming and captivating pictures, we have everything we could want!

Ana Lomba is an award-winning author and language educator who has created some fantastic online story-books which provide a fun and entertaining way to immerse children in language. Her books can we used both for new language learners as well as for children who are growing up in a household where a non-community language is spoken. Parents are encouraged to experience the stories along with their children so that discussions can take place along the way (or parents can start to learn the language along with their children!). You and your children will delight in the unexpected twists and turns of the stories (these aren’t your standard fairy tales).

The key with Ana Lomba‘s stories is that you should read/listen to them over and over again with your child to help with language mastery. With each reading, you and your child will pick up more sounds, intonations, words, sentences and meaning. There is no need to read each story in one sitting. Go chapter by chapter and talk about each step in the story as much as possible. Point out things in the pictures, discuss the storyline and really get to know the words and the meaning before moving on.

We are delighted to have Ana Lomba as a Language Challenge 180 sponsor! We adore her e-books and appreciate her many, many efforts to support bilingualism and multilingualism around the world! Please make sure to read her articles about what you can do with only 15 minutes for language learning/exposure!

Ana Lomba is giving away a free month of access to her e-books! Enter to win below!

How to Enter the Giveaway…

Only those who are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have checked in this week are eligible to enter this giveaway!

  • To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us about one of your favorite childhood stories and/or a favorite story that your children enjoy having you read out loud to them!


The winner will be chosen at random using’s sequence generator.

Note: Only one comment from the same person will be counted. Replies posted in response to someone else’s comment won’t be counted.

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules!

Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!


1 Emma March 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

My son can’t get enough of The Gruffalo, An Gruffalo, Der Gruffelo. Loved in all languages! The first books I remember loving were the Faraway Tree books. I’ve been reading ever since.

2 Sarah M March 16, 2012 at 3:44 am

My children and I loved reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. We are currently reading Matilda and will take up The Secret Garden when we finish. It is a time we all enjoy at the end of the day!

3 Maria Iskenderoglu March 16, 2012 at 3:45 am

First, congrats Sophie from New Zealand!!
I am the oldest of 3 and then 5 (blended family) and my aunts and uncles are not too much older than me. My aunts and uncles had a room in the basement with lots of fun books. I always loved the Dr. Seus books. They were so funny and amusing and I used to dream up more stories for the characters. I really liked Hop on Pop and then the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
We have several books by Dr. Seus for my daughter, but they are mostly in board book form.
My daughter loves anything by Sandra Boynton. I suspect it is for the same reasons. The rhymes are fun and the stories silly. They let us be funny and silly and we laugh a lot.

4 Sophie March 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Thank you :))

5 Dimitra March 16, 2012 at 4:01 am

My daugher loves ‘Hush Baby, Hush! Lullabies from around the World’
We got it because it has a Greek song init translated in Greek and English. There are songs from many different countries all in their native tongue and English. My daughter absolutely loves us reading to her in different languages my husband and I put on different accents and make up our own rhyms which are pretty good as we dont know the language or the songs lol We also have fun dancing around to all of them and the best thing is my daughter actually knows all the words to all the song she just dont know their meaning because she wont let us read the English translation lol she calls the book neeni baba neeni because her favoirite song is the Indian one and that is the first line. At the back of the book all the songs are written in English with the music notes so you can play the tune I will get my husband to play them soon to see how close we got the tune but not just yet as we really enjoy our versions (“,)

6 Kristiana Withers March 16, 2012 at 4:12 am

I have 4 girls (two are now teenagers and two are still wanting me to read to them) and one of their current favourite books is called “Princesses are not Quitters”. They always ask me to use their names instead of the Princesses names in the story so they “become” part of the story. They stop me as I’m reading and they tell me more information about the princesses that isn’t even in the story. They just love being part of the story themselves. My girls’ favourite books over the years are now numbered in the 100’s. There are so many to name but this is just one of them right now.

7 Bob March 16, 2012 at 4:23 am

The Cat in the Hat. Who doesn’t love having your stuff cleaned up for you.

8 AUDREY ANTOINE-HART March 16, 2012 at 4:26 am

My kids love me to read a story in spanish one of two books called donde esta… the belly button or mother. I make a big deal of the hide and seek and lifting the flaps to see if we can find the belly button.
As a child i loved anansi stories, i am looking for anansi stories in spanish for my kids.

9 Deb March 16, 2012 at 4:43 am

Petit Ours Brun is my favorite French book to read to my daughter. I don’t know if she loves it (she is only 5 months) but I sure do 😉

10 Amanda Kendle March 16, 2012 at 5:06 am

I have to agree with Emma, the first commenter, my son is a major Gruffalo fan! And many other Julia Donaldson books – Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man, Hippo Has a Hat, the list goes on. I must say I do rather love reading them too.

When I was young I loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar – I remember crying when we had to return it to the library 🙁

11 Karim Siebeneicher Brito March 16, 2012 at 5:22 am

My son loved listening to stories, especially fairy tales. The more fantastic the better! They were a key factor in developing his creativity and imagination, which he later used for writing his own stories.

12 Anna Puryear March 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

Right now my youngest loves hearing Brown Bear, Brown Brear in Spanish. My older two enjoy reading to themselves in English and will listen a little to what I read in Spanish. Growing up I remember my dad reading the Richard Scarry books.

13 Jo-Anne lessner March 16, 2012 at 6:18 am

I can’t remember a special story from childhood and my son will probably be the same, he has a different favorite book each month. At the moment dinosaurs are what he ‘s into, but Dear Zoo, The Hungry Caterpillar and anything with Spot are always popular. He likes daddy to say the special magic rhyme that turns books from English into German.

14 Terra March 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

I loves The Best Nest by PD Eastmand and Wump World by Bill Peet. I still do!

15 Crystal Farmer March 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

My favorite story of all time is one about soap! There is a guy going to buy soap, and as he’s walking he forgets what he needs to buy. He keeps running into people and he starts repeating what they say, until he figures out again that he needs soap. “Had it here, lost it there!”

16 Jennifer March 16, 2012 at 7:17 am

I loved Beatrix Potter. My son has requested ‘Horton Hears a Who’ a lot and my daughter enjoys ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’.

17 Francesca March 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

One of my favourite childhood book was….It’s difficult to say…I loved to read PIMPA … that is an italian comic. When I was really young my mother used to read traditional fables such as Pinocchio, Cenerentola, Biancaneve and so on.
For my son it’ easy…UP AND DOWN di Oliver Jeffers. He really loves it.
And if you could see all the torn pages of our book you will understand what I’m talking about.

18 Francesca March 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

…Yesterday night I was thinking about my post and I noticed that at least I made two mistakes…
di was for “of”
and probably I should have written “if you could….you would understand” not will…

19 JenneferJ March 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

One of my favorite stories is Anatole. It is about a mouse.

My kids love anything by Bill Peet. Especially Pamela Camel and Smokey.

20 Jenny March 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

I loved Richard Scarry books as a child and have enjoyed reading them to my children as well.

21 Celia March 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

My boys have started listening to dikke dik books read by their Dutch dad, they love them and are short enough to hold their attention at 2.5 yrs old;-)

22 Ceci March 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

We enjoyed lots of books but in the toddlerhood, Go Dog Go was the favorite. We read it in English and Spanish and they each had their own funny way of saying the title in their own toddler way.
Thanks for this opportunity. We are enjoying getting back to Spanish and this challenge has been inspiring.

23 Karolena March 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

Some of my favorite stories when I was little are The Pokey little Puppy, the story about Pooh and the Pebble, and the Warm Fuzzies. I also loved (and still do!) fairy tales and stories about knights, castles and dragons.

24 Dolinda March 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

I don’t recall any favorite books from childhood but I always loved to read. My daughter is 21 months old and loves the Sandra Boynton books (we have a large selection of them) and a lot of the Dr Seuss etc Board books. “Put me in the Zoo” was probably her first favorite around 12 months. Her current favorite is “Go Dog Go”. We have the original version, the board book and a flap book version and she loves all of them.

I recently started reading the Ana Lomba bilingual French books to my daughter (after reading on her website that you should read to your kiddo in the target language every day, especially if the parent is not fluent/able to speak target language a lot) and she seems to like those (I read them in French only). It actually also helps my French by reading the books out loud.

I really hope my daughter will keep up her love of books because so far she loves being read to and even “read” herself.

25 Jessica P. March 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

We love reading Goldilocks & the 3 Bears in French.

26 LindsRose March 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

My son loves all books, but currently his favorite are the Froggy series. The one that we are reading non-stop is Froggy Plays Soccer. The best part is now that he knows this book by heart in English I am going to start reading it in Spanish!

27 Mikayla March 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

My students love hearing No More, Por Favor by Susan Middleton Elya.

28 Heather March 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

Right now my sons love hearing the adventures of Skippy Jon Jones, the Siamese cat who likes to pretend he’s a Chihuahua.

29 melissa March 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

My dad always read us ‘doghouse for sale’ no matter what book we actually brought to him to read. My son loves his ‘fazenda – quem esta aqui’ book and loved his Clifford book in portugese all the way till it fell apart.

30 Dianne March 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

“Goodnight Moon” is our all time favorite children’s book 🙂

31 Zsofia March 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I read Anna, Peti es Gergo to the kids every night. They love these stories.

32 Sarolta March 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Those are good stories! We have been reading “3 little pigs” and La Fontaine fables (or fabulas, not sure of the spelling..)

33 Melissa March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My children love “Heidi” and “The Pokey Little Puppy” in English and “De Gruffalo” in Dutch.

34 Denisa March 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Dr. Seuss for my son, and mine was any Grimm stories.

35 Alicia March 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

All of the classic fairy tales! Cuentos de hadas!

36 Katina March 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

My parents had a big book of fairy tales and we loved reading each of the different stories growing up. It was a great book.

37 Amy March 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

It’s hard to pick a favorite! I loved the ann of green gables series. My kids are really into PIMPA (from Italy) and the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary right now.

38 Sophie March 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

DD and I love reading Tchoupi books together, because he’s a normal cheeky wee kidlet who just happens to be in French 🙂

39 Wendy March 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

My 1st-grade girls enjoy listening to me read the Bailey School kid books. They weren’t around when I was little, but I enjoy reading a chapter to each of them at night. Another favorite of theirs is Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which makes them laugh and laugh. When I was young, I remember enjoying a Cricket in Times Square and Tucker’s Countryside.

40 Alyssa March 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

When my daughter was under 2 her favorite book was “Moo, Baa, La, La La” – a very cute rhyming book. My other daughter absolutely loved “Wild about Books” – very clever rhyming in this book for kids 2-5ish. As far as books written/translated in Spanish, my kids love “Dame un beso, soy perfecta”.

41 Susan Tenney March 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hard to choose just a couple!! Here is a mix of books from various ages. By the way, I had to cut my family off at a certain point. They wanted to list about 100 more!
English: Dinotopia, Tremendous Tractors, Zen shorts, Avi books, Winnie the Pooh books, some Narnia, Dr. Seuss, Go Dog Go, Tang shan Tigers, Richard Scarry, Hungry Caterpillar, The baby dragon tamer, the World According to Humphrey , Freddy the Detective, Bedtime for Little Bears ….

Deutsch: Globi (only the newer ones!) especially “Globi bei der Feuerwehr”, “Globi be der Rettungsflugwacht”, ” Globi und Panda”, “Globi und Wilhelm Tell”, “Globis Abenteuer im Weltraum” und “Globi im Märchenreich”, 3 ??? Kids, Vom kleinen Maulwurf…, Asterix und Obelix (we read them in German, French and English and enjoyed the German most), Mausi, Kleine Eisbar, Kwiatowski detective series, and countless from Loewe Verlag (Bildermaus bis Leselöwen)

42 katie mildenhall March 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Le mie bimbe adorano le storie di Pimpa, la simpatica cagnetta di Altan.

43 Liz March 18, 2012 at 3:03 am

Hello everyone, My son Lorenzo (31months) just loves books & stories!
His favorites are: “Good night moon” by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd and “Tiddler. The Story-Telling Fish” and “The Gruffalo” both by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. He also loves “Il fait nuit” by Ophélie Texier his Dad reads it in French and I translate…

44 Margareta March 18, 2012 at 4:28 am

I can’t really say that when I was a child I liked one particular story more than others, I always had lots of books and enjoyed them all. Now I am glad I am able to share some of these with my daughter, since we always bring lots of books from Slovakia. For example last time we brought ‘Janka a Danka’, ‘Maly princ’, ‘Kozliatka’, ‘O Gulkovi Bombulkovi’. My daughter is the same, she loves reading anything and everything. She loves stories, but she also loves books about nature, about bugs, spiders, sea creatures, animals and dinousaurs.

45 Frances March 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

We love the Gruffalo. I have made up all the voices for the animals. My 5, 10 and 12 year old children all love this book.

46 Simon March 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

My favorite book as a child was The BFG by Roald Dahl. My sister and I recently read it aloud to my sons, who are six and one. My older son was completely engrossed – he loved it as much as we had! We share a lot of books from our childhood with the kids, but this was an extra-special one.

47 Tobias Barske March 19, 2012 at 4:55 am

My daughter loves to book ‘Bist du meine Mama?’ because she can open small doors on the pages and because she likes the animal noises.

48 Julie March 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

My daughter loves fairy tales. We are currently obsessed with Thumbalina.

49 Li-Ha March 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

My sons just love books. Latest favourites are Knights, Tchoupi cherche les oeufs de Paques and Before you sleep…

50 Maria Jesus March 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I don’t remember which was my favorite story when I was a child. My grandmother used to tell us a lot of them and I loved them all. My daughter likes “A qué sabe la luna” and Gruffalo (she chose it in a book shop when she was very little and we have read it many times).

51 alex March 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

We adore two books in Deustch , Die Maus and Mein BilderBuch.
English would definitely be Enid Blyton and all the Ronald Dahl books. (Matilda is the favorite)

52 Lilliana March 20, 2012 at 7:03 am

My four year old loves El Oso Quiere Mas but my favoite childhood stories in Spanish were classics like little red ridding hood (caperusita roja) and the three little pigs (los tres cochinitos) that my grandfather would tell me and then mix the stories up to make me laugh so the three pigs would end up in red ridding hood’s story and Goldilocks would be hanging out with Jack (Jack & the Bean Stock)

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