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Top Tips for Translating Materials for Preschool DLLs and FamiliesSeptember 12, 2016
Need help finding books for preschool DLLs to support the home languages and cultures of your children? In this post I give you quick tips and deeper resources to help you keep the learning going!
6 books I like to use (with links to purchase via the Language Castle Amazon Store):
Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros
Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Ann Morris
De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children by Jose Luis Orozco
5 quick answers to the question “Where can I find free books for my preschool DLLs?”
- The library. (New book by librarians will give you some ideas: Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish)
- The families – and their families in home countries.
- Embassies and cultural organizations.
- Make them yourself with the help of children and families
- International Children’s Digital Library icdlbooks.org
5 quick answers to the question “How should I choose books for my preschool DLLs?”
- Use respected sources to locate high quality, culturally authentic books.
- Look for translated versions of some of your favorite books.
- Look for culturally respectful books that rely on great illustrations to tell a story.
- Invite a committee of bilingual volunteers to help you evaluate books for purchase.
- Include a combination of books with two languages, books with cultural stories in one language, and books that are available in multiple languages.
5 authors of children’s books we recommend for DLLs:
- Alma Flor Ada
- Pat Mora
- Grace Lin
- Ann Morris
- Karen Nemeth
5 great places to buy books/reading materials in different languages for preschool DLLs:
www.languagelizard.com catalog site
www.starbrightbooks.org catalog site
www.eastwestdiscovery.com catalog site
www.highlights.com/ High Five Bilingüe magazine
6 websites to visit for more suggestions:
- We’re here to help with blogs, products, and other resources: www.languagecastle.com
- Nonprofit organizations that support multicultural literacy:
- Diversity in Action from the American Library Association: http://dia.ala.org
- Head Start/ DOE Supporting DLLs Toolkit example: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/selecting-culturally-appropriate-books.pdf
- Bilingual literacy site: www.colorincolorado.org
Update on September 21, 2016 – Interesting article in Mother Jones September/October issue can be a great conversation-starter on this topic: The Uncomfortable Truth about Children’s Books by Dashka Slater