I’m delighted to announce that my book ‘Bilingual Families: A Practical Language Planning Guide’ will be published in January 2021, by Multilingual Matters. This book has been a long time in the making, and I’m honoured to become a Multilingual Matters author, along with so many of my recommended books below!
Click on the photo and pre-order with the 25% discount directly from Multilingual Matters. I hope you enjoy it, and find it useful!
I often get asked for recommendations for books, websites and other resources for parents.
To get started, here are my top picks for books. I’ll add to the list as time permits.
“A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism” (Colin Baker, 2007) is hands-down the best general resource for parents raising bilingual children It is presented in a question-answer format, so you can look up areas of concern and get a concise, readable, research-based answer to your questions.
“Language Strategies for Bilingual Families: The one-parent-one-language approach.” (Barron-Hauwaert, 2004) is a good choice for families raising bilingual children using the OPOL method.
“The Bilingual Edge” (King & Mackey, 2007) This book is a valuable resource for US parents who are thinking about/trying to raise bilingual children, including advice for monolingual parents who would like to raise bilingual children. It has a good research section, and a good section on dealing with problems.
“Growing Up with Two Languages: A Practical Guide for the Bilingual Family” (Cunningham, 2011). This is a new edition of one of the first books for bilingual families. It’s readable, practical and has a wide cross-section of interesting case studies.