Why bilingual books?

We know that families and teachers are keen to include English in children’s everyday lives. Reading in English is one activity that children are encouraged to do both at home and in school but it is often unclear what sort of books to offer children so that the activity is a success.

Our books are simple but fun and they talk about subjects that are close to children’s hearts, such as family life, free time, etc. By including the local language, children identify with the book and a natural curiosity towards the English version develops. This sense of curiosity helps the reading process begin in a very positive and creative way.

Moreover, we wanted to open the book up to new technologies and we have created this site so that children can listen to the book too. You can also watch the video we made with a fun group of children in Barcelona. We hope it gives you lots of ideas to produce your own audiovisual projects using our books or other poems.

Reading together…

Our books are perfect for enjoying together with your child. If you have any doubts about how to pronounce something, you can listen to the audio before you sit down to read. But more than anything, we hope parents have the confidence to read in English with their children. Remember, we can learn a lot through our mistakes and perfect pronunciation is not the goal!

Depending on the age of the children, we can encourage them to start by reading the short words and expressions in the illustrations. Hopefully, by doing so, they will feel more confident about reading the full text later on.

…and reading alone

Many English learners struggle with reading children’s books in English. StopLookBooks aims to help children feel able enough to understand stories in another language and enjoy the experience!

That’s why we include the child’s native language and we suggest reading the book from beginning to end in the native language first. This helps children relax and it encourages a sense of competence. We have also introduced additional texts in the illustrations so that children can gradually satisfy their curiosity with a handful of words and simple structures. Of course, every child has a unique learning pace and style that it is important to respect.
Once children know what the book is about, they can move on to the next stage and listen to the audio or see for themselves how other children read the text out loud.

And now it’s time to take the plunge and read the book! Reading in English will be easier than they think!

Audiovisual projects

Last but not least, we hope that our books and website provide enough encouragement for schools, families, etc. to undertake their own audiovisual projects.
Have a look at sites such as Perform a poem Perform a Poem or Book Trust , they can give you lots of interesting and inspiring ideas.
By combining reading with drama, poetry and new technologies we think children may be encouraged to venture into the rich and colourful world of children’s literature in English.

Send us your videos and we’ll post them on our web site.

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