Free online books for kids in multiple languages? One of my readers who is preparing to raise his newborn daughter bilingually in a language not his own recently asked about children’s storybooks online. Living in Argentina, he is having a hard time finding children’s books in English. Now, we all know that reading to children is one of the most important things that we as parents can do for them. That said, reading to them in mutiple languages is even better! So what can you do if you’d like to read to your children in a foreign language but can’t get your hands on any books? Here’s a list of online resources I hope you’ll find useful. You’ll also find some helpful advice at Bilingual Monkeys: What to Do When It’s Hard to Find Children’s Books in Your Minority Language. I have divided them into two sections FREE and for purchase. Enjoy!
Also, brand new series that just started on Trilingual Mama in January 2015 will give you access to an ongoing series of reviews/features of bilingual online stories for children. Here is the first one: Free French children’s stories online.
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES
FREE digitalized award winning books available in several languages
FREE translated and digitalized AND audio books (multimedia books are also available for purchase)
FREE digitalized award winning books combined with humanitarian efforts
FREE stories read by celebrity screen actors
a FREE platform for writers, readers and artists of all ages. For those who like picture books without words or want to write their own stories
RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Materials for promoting bilingualism in children ages 2-10 in French, Spanish and German.
books, games and music in several languages available for purchase online in France, the European Union and Switzerland
a library of bilingual children’s storybooks in both hardcover and multimedia formats available for purchase
publishes interactive children’s books for mobile devices. Trial story available for FREE.
a storybook with a music CD includes Spanish/English/Quechua translations
a gorgeous website of audio stories available in 9 languages! (several stories can be downloaded for FREE!)
educational e-books and apps for children in multiple languages
improving global literacy for kids
And finally, this is a Pinterest board that I’m working on – collecting more online books for children. You are welcome to have a look and explore on your own. Happy online book hunting!
This article is part of the May 2014 edition of the Multilingual Blogging Carnival. This month's theme is How modern technology can help with raising a bilingual child.