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Friday, January 11th, 2013

Language Resource Library for Raising Bilingual Kids


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This page is a way for all of us to share resources for books, websites, music, apps, games and more for raising our bilingual children. These are reader recommendations on resources by language. Many of these products we have not looked into ourselves and therefore they are not endorsements. Have a resource you would like to add? Please let us know in the comments! We are always updating this list.

 

Don’t see your language here yet? It may be in the pipeline but if you want to be sure, please send us an email that you would love to see your language featured to stephanie@incultureparent.com. We solicit recommendations from readers periodically on Facebook as well, so please follow us there too!

 

ALL/MULTI-LANGUAGES
Apps Lingos Market
Princesses Learn Chinese, German, Spanish, French
Websites Oznoz videos for bilingual kids across languages
Music Excellent place for children’s songs from around the world in MANY different languages: www.mamalisa.com
Daria’s World Music
Arabic
Books Milet Publishing has a complete set of Arabic-English books geared at toddlers and younger babies. These can also be found individually on Amazon.com
Elmer’s Weather (English-Arabic) (Elmer series)
For toddlers, Kalimat is an excellent publisher.
For all kids, the website sanabilbooks has very good books by age. There is also bilingual English/Arabic books on languagelizard.

 

Qutta Qutna: Cotton Kitty
Al Dajaja Bak Beek: Buck Buck, the Chicken
Ahlum An Ankoun: I Wish I Were..
Ayna Anamu Al Aan: Where Do I Sleep Now?
La Akhafu: I am Not Afraid (Yasmina)
Rabta Wala Ashal: The Simplest Tie (Yasmina)
La Akhafu: I am Not Afraid (Yasmina)
Qassa Wala Aqssar: The Shortest Haircut (Yasmina)
Yaday: My Hands
Jaddi: Grandpa
My Grandma
Kiwi the Hedgehog
Tweet Quack Mooooo
Animals Alif Baa Taa
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Confused Chameleon
My Beautiful Manners Series (4 Books)
Learn and Talk Series: Level 1 (4 Books)
Learn and Talk Series: Level 2 (4 Books)
The Red Hen
Simsim, Open Your Eyes
Here You Are!
A Bouquet Of Flowers
I Love
Grandma is Visiting

Websites & Videos There is a whole series of the Baby Einstein Arabic, including Learn Arabic for Children: Animals Around Us: Baby Einstein Arabic
and Learn Arabic Shapes All Around: Baby Einstein Arabic for Children (Baby – 5 Years)
Arabic DVDs by Little Pim
Learn Arabic Arabian Sinbad Treasure Chest – Learn Arabic Complete Set for Children Includes; DVDs, Audio CDs, Books and software
Original website: Arabian Sinbad
There is a set of 6 DVDs called “the little thinking minds”– colors, shapes, animals, letters and numbers. You can buy them on www.syraj.com. You can also watch extracts on youtube before buying them.
Music (all available on itunes) “the little thinking minds” and sana mouasher’s albums have children songs such as the translation of twinkle twinkle, baa baa black sheep, mary had a little lamb …. and similar songs.
A very interesting album “sing and learn arabic” from stephane husar & qais saadi : each songs is focused on a topic, the days of the week, the colors, the food etc….. The same for the album “Arabic children’s songs” from Dino Lingo.
The album “April Blossoms” from Rim Banna (palestinian singer, she has such a beautiful voice) and 2 songs from Fairuz: Tik tik tik and Yalla tenam Rima.
Arabic Nursery Rhymes Children’s DVD: 32 Rhymes from the Arab World (Ages 1-99)
Apps
Games & Products Arabic Alphabet Floor Puzzle – Perfect Way to Introduce Children to Arabic Alphabets.
Uncle Goose Arabic Alphabet Wooden Blocks – Made in the USA
Dr. Bashi Arabic alphabet blocks www.drbashi.com
Cantonese
Books Coming soon
Websites Playgroup in the UK with song and game ideas on their website www.playcantonese.com.
Thousands of Chinese help sheets and learning aids, and a unique Cantonese / Mandarin Chinese online dictionary: www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk
www.yesasia.com and www.buyoyo.com has children’s DVDs (including Peppa Pig, Mr Men and Thomas the Tank Engine) and will deliver internationally
Reach out to other Cantonese speaking parents on the Cantonese Parents, Babies & Toddlers Facebook group.
YouTube has some Cantonese children’s videos. Search ‘Patrick n Friends Cantonese’, ‘Thomas and Friends Cantonese’, ‘McDull’ and ‘IQ Cantonese’
Music
Apps App store – for games search ‘Landee Kids’, ‘loveCantonese’, ‘Magi’s Music Time’, ‘Cantonese Chinese Fridge’.
App store and Android Play store – for dictionaries search Pleco (pronunciation currently available for iPhones, coming soon for Android), Phil Pluckthun’s Cantonese dictionary currently has pronunciation for Android.
Games & Products
French
Books Subscriptions to French magazines from abroad
BAYAM for French cartoons, music, puzzles and games. A reader says, “It is a subscription service, but it is worth it!”
French stories online
Amazon.com to find the French version of some popular books
Usborne books 100 and 1000 word in French are great books for early learners
Extremely comprehensive list of all sorts of French resources for children: here.
A French mom’s favorite French books
Online French books for kids
Rent French books for ages 0 to 12: www.lespetitslivres.com
Websites & Videos youtube.com has a lot of popular children’s French songs like Vent Frais, Sur le Pont d’Avignon, counting in French and so forth
T’choupi on youtube.com
French for free from anywhere in the world: www.captvty.fr
Laura K. Lawlesson on About.com has a lot of great French resources.
French movie for kids: Zarafa.
Music A reader notes: “Our kids love music with funny lyrics, here are their favorite ones:” www.greatsong.net
www.pittocha.com/
Online radio for children: www.radioouistiti.ch
Apps http://pinterest.com/babybilingual/apps-for-kids-french/
Games & Products Open Wide the World
German
Books Janosch’s books for children: “Wimmelbuch”- a book, with or without text that help children discover the world.
Sendung mit der Maus”- a classic and they also have a website with games and apps.
The Wieso Weshalb Warum books from Ravensburger.
For books: www.kinderbuch-couch.de
The fun adventures of POLLY POSSUM and her Australian animal friends: www.pollypossum.com
German book boxes: www.librileo.de
Websites For all sorts of questions about raising children (baby-teen) take a look at the forum on www.eltern.de.
“Nido” (comes out with Stern Newspaper).
Jako-o (clothes, toys etc. for kids) : Walzkidz.de or .nl (clothes and stuff)
Preschool and kindergarten crafts, activities and lessons: www.kindersuppe.de
Site with games, songs and activities: www.labbe.de
Resources and encouragement www.fluentfamily.com
Music
Apps Princesses Learn German, for 3 to 7-year-old children to learn their first words and expressions in German through a story, little games and a song.
Games & Products The classic game: “Ich sede was das du nicht siehst”-similar to I spy, but you specify the color!’
Open Wide the World
Italian
Books Online Italian bookstore called Liberia pino in San Francisco
Picture books: casa mia and come un grande
Websites & Videos The show “Peppa Pig” dubbed in Italian
Disney movies in Italian (One reader notes, “The songs are even better than the originals (Belle e la Bestia, Aristogatti”).
Music Centro Raccontami’s (http://centroraccontami.org/italiansongsforchildren.php) CDs
Michel Thomas
Youtube.com for traditional songs and nursery rhymes (e.g., la pecora Nel bosco, la bella tartaruga) and Italian music Zucchero, Victorio Grigglio
Apps iPad app game called mind snacks
Games & Products One reader’s kids’ favorite game in Italian: “Cavallo–where they sit on papa’s legs and pretend to ride him like a horsey.”
Korean
Books Little Seoul is an online bookstore offering a wide variety of books for Korean children who are bilingual.
Powell’s Books has a variety of books for kids, including some for upper-level Korean learners, such as the Korean version of the Harry Potter series.
Websites & Videos Pororo is an animated character in Korea that is so popular that it is sometimes called the “president of the kids”. YouTube has its own channel for Pororo that has cartoons and songs that can be helpful to those learning Korean.
Naver is one of the most famous websites in Korea, and it has many Korean folktales for kids. (Loading might take a minute since it takes time to load Korean characters.)
Included on Naver, this site provides animations and photos to teach kids about dinosaurs.
The Korean Multimedia Dictionary offers pictures with sound clips, and helps students learn how a Korean word is spelled and pronounced.
EBS is a channel broadcast by the Korean government. EBS Kids is a YouTube channel that offers some educational videos for students that are broadcast in Korea.
DAUM offers Korean educational content for children, from reading Hangul to listening to music.
Music Dinolongo offers Korean songs for children. It can be purchased on a CD or an MP3 file on the website.
This YouTube channel offers famous Korean songs with videos for kids.
Apps Korean Letters is an iTunes application for children writing and reading basic Hangul.
This android app is a coloring book that teaches basic Korean vocabulary.
Games & Products On Digital Dialects children can play simple games, matching Korean vocabulary and numbers.
Mandarin
Books HUGE collection of read-aloud books on YouTube
www.nihaobooks.com
A workbook for Mandarin numbers from the Language Playground
Websites & Videos Comprehensive list of Mandarin Chinese learning materials for children and parents: pinterest.com/mspandachinese/chinese-learning-materials
www.5qchannel.com
Curriculum for Learning Chinese Online and in School: www.betterchinese.com
Yosbook (in Mandarin) www.yosbook.com
Zhongwen for Chinese learning (In Mandarin): www.hwjyw.com, it is subsidized by the Chinese Government.
Music
Apps Appletree books and Rye Studio on iPad/iPhone.
Feed Me! which teaches vocabulary and concepts (shapes, colors, etc). That one comes in lots of languages and they love it.
iPad/iPhone app, Princesses Learn Chinese.
Games & Products  Products (books, music and learning aids) for learning Mandarin: Go Boo Boo
Polish
Books Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Polish Dictionary: English-Polish/Polish-English
Polish Fables: Bilingual, by Ignacy Krasicki, Gerard T. Kapolka (Translator), Barbara Swiozinska (Illustrator)
UK online bookstore with many Polish-English books.
Free Polish audiobooks.
Big list of Polish books on amazon.
www.egmont.pl
Websites & Videos Great website with some lesson plans, ideas for kids and promote Polish fairy tales (in English) : www.polish4kids.com
Polish site www.mojapolska.az.pl
Comprehensive resource in Polish with games, puzzles, fairy tales, links to Polish TV on youtube and more (in Polish): www.domowyprzedszkolak.pl
Polish TV (satellite or online) in the US and beyond.
Polish kids TV, games, resources and more from the BBC (in Polish): origin.cbeebies.com/poland/
Polish resources for kids (in Polish): www.superkid.pl/jezyk-polski
Grammar and exercises for kids (in Polish): www.dyktanda.net
Dinosaur fun for kids in Polish: www.dinozaury.com
Listen to Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales in Polish: wolnelektury.pl
Music Fantastic selection of kids music in Polish for purchase: www.polartcenter.com
Apps 200 words in Polish for toddlers.
Games & Products Flash cards in Polish
Free Polish flashcards for downloading.
Portuguese
Books
Websites & Videos www.sonia-portugueseforkids.com
Very comprehensive list of tons of Portuguese websites for kids: contadorescalifornia.wordpress.com
Brazilian Kids TV Channel: TV Rá Tim Bum (you can find shows if you put it into youtube!)
Galinha Pintadinha dvds
Music Songs in Portuguese: www.jangadabrasil.com.br
Apps
Games & Products Games for kids in Portuguese: contadorescalifornia.wordpress.com
Spanish
Books Publisher Barefoot Books has a collection of books in Spanish
Recommendations for bilingual Spanish children’s books: www.latinbabybookclub.com
A magazine for kids ages 3-6 to help children nurture and practice Spanish: www.cricketmag.com
Websites & Videos Comprehensive list of Spanish curricula for kids: www.mommymaestra.com
Crafts: www.lasmanualidades.com
Radio: www.colorincolorradio.com
Stories: www.cuentosparadormir.com
List of websites for kids in Spanish: www.educa.madrid.org
Very comprehensive mix of Spanish resources for kids: www.spanishplayground.net
For the alphabet: www.youtube.com
From a reader in Mexico: “The Mexican teacher’s union has a really nice site for students that has all sorts of materials that are specifically supplemental to the Mexican curriculum. Great if you want to teach your kids about Mexican history and culture:” www.chavitos.snte.org.mx
This page has printable vocab cards: www.9letras.wordpress.com
Fantastic website full of Spanish materials for teachers and parents.
Videos, games, songs and worksheets: rockalingua.com
Le Tutor for a great list of resources for learning Spanish www.letutor.com
Music For beautiful songs of cri-cri: www.cri-cri.net/index2.html
Apps
Games & Products Eeboo products. They make a fun Spanish bingo game and cute flashcards!
Open Wide the World
Turkish
Books The Daisy Series by Jane Simmons translated by Faith Erdogan
Bonbon, Monthly Magazine for Turkish-American Children www.bonbonkids.com
Find children’s bilingual books in turkish here and here.
www.dr.com.tr
www.netkitap.com
www.altinkitaplar.com.tr
www.dbe.com.tr
www.idefix.com
Websites & Videos www.afacancocuk.com
www.cocukca.com
Turkish cartoon, “Pepee”: www.pepeeizle.net
Magazine for kids ages 3-6: www.tubitak.gov.tr
For older kids: www.morpakampus.com
For adult language learners: www.laits.utexas.edu (interviews of Turkish executives talking about business in Turkey, culture, etc. )
Collection of 18 folk tales (both western and Turkish) which you can listen to in either English or Turkish.
www.idefix.com
Music Turkish lullaby: blog.dinolingo.com
Turkish song: blog.dinolingo.com
Apps
Games & Products
Vietnamese
Books Elmer the Elephant: Milet Publishing has board books in several languages, including Vietnamese/English.
Bilingual Book: Vietnam A to Z
Bilingual Book: 1, 2, 3 Vietnam!
Language Lizard www.languagelizard.com
A list of Vietnamese-English picture books in translation
Websites & Videos Great place to learn Vietnamese for Children! www.TheHeTreTV.com
TV shows (youtube playlist): Chúc Bé Ng? Ngon (Sleep Well Little One)
Flashcards and videos: Dino Lingo
Music
Apps
Games & Products

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14 Comments
  1. CommentsMud Hut Mama   |  Friday, 18 January 2013 at 12:09 am

    This is incredible! Thanks for compiling all of these resources in one place!

  2. CommentsAnnika Bourgogne   |  Friday, 18 January 2013 at 10:41 am

    This is great, thanks! I’ve been working on the exact same thing, but haven’t got this far. I’ll share it all with you one day when I get organized :-)

  3. CommentsLeanna @ Alldonemonkey   |  Friday, 18 January 2013 at 2:18 pm

    What an incredible resource! You have done a real service !

  4. CommentsJennifer Brunk   |  Friday, 18 January 2013 at 8:35 pm

    This is a great idea! Thank you for including Spanish Playground. I’ll share the link. I know my readers will appreciate it.

  5. CommentsiGameMom   |  Friday, 18 January 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Great list! Here are couple more apps:
    Spanish for toddler and preschoolers: http://igamemom.com/2012/08/20/toddler-spanish-app-gus-on-the-go/
    Spanish for school age kids to adults: http://igamemom.com/2012/05/18/fun-spanish-learning-app-mindsnacks-spanish/ The same developer also has apps for other languages such as French, Chinese
    Multilingual book apps: http://igamemom.com/2012/11/12/learn-spanish-with-little-blue-jackal/
    http://igamemom.com/2012/03/07/app-went-free-multi-lingual-mr-wolf-and-the-ginger-cupcakes/

  6. CommentsBrian Asingia   |  Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 7:28 pm

    We are working on a multimedia platform (ThePearlDream.com) for African Folk Stories that we hope to be accessible on any device in any language when our project is done. This is an amazing page and website with great advice.

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  9. CommentsThea   |  Monday, 30 September 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Alphabet Garten is an online store specializing in German language books, music, DVDs (both films and television series) primarily for children. Our book selection includes board books, picture books, easy readers and books for youth. We also carry the Ravensburger tiptoi® Interactive Learning System, various workbooks for learning German and learning to read, and some Trump card games, magazines and more. All our items are chosen to encourage our children to have fun and enjoy German. Schools, libraries and teachers are eligible for an educational discount.

    We will gladly work with you on Special Orders as well – these are at no extra cost but do require a longer delivery time.

    Please visit our website at http://www.alphabet-garten.com to learn more about what we offer or contact us with any questions.

  10. CommentsVbuck   |  Monday, 09 December 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Anything in Russian that you know of?

  11. CommentsJim   |  Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Would you be able to add http://www.speekee.com alongside the other Spanish resources listed? Thanks (-;

  12. Commentslearn vietnamese   |  Monday, 23 June 2014 at 9:53 pm

    VNC Vietnamese Language Centre
    37/54 Tran Dinh Xu St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh city , Vietnam ************************************************************************************** Our location: VNC Language Studies is located near downtown of Ho Chi Minh city. It is fortunately at the intersection of districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and in a walking distance from the tourist area which is next to Ben Thanh market with shopping centers, international hotels and office buildings around. A few blocks further are the Opera house, the city hall and Saigon river. **************************************************************************************
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    Tel: (08) 66780914/ 38364344/ 84 (0) 917 277169
    Fax: (848) 38364344
    Email: mail@vnccentre.com or vnccentre@gmail.com
    http://vnccentre.com/

  13. CommentsAreej   |  Sunday, 21 September 2014 at 6:00 am

    Thanks, that’s definitely helpful. Waiting anxiously for Arabic resources.
    Many thanks,
    Areej

  14. CommentsTerri   |  Tuesday, 02 December 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Great and in depth list! I have another suggestion for German. It’s Learn German with Play! Phrase Guide and Puppet Kit. It’s made by http://www.fluentfamily.com and they also have several phrase guides tailored to parent/child interactions instead of adult/adult interactions. Hope this helps someone :)









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