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10 Ideas For Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month

Child reads bilingual book about Egyptian mythology

We love October because it’s Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month! What a wonderful opportunity to recognize the children in our lives who speak more than one language, and who also understand multiple cultures. 

Now is the perfect time to start planning ways to encourage literacy and parental involvement, and celebrate the children who work so hard to learn a new language.

We have put together a free handout that features 10 ideas for Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month. In it, you’ll find inspiration to showcase the bilingual children in your classroom, get bilingual parents involved in the learning, and get all students excited to learn about new cultures and languages. Print and share this handout with parents and teachers, and start celebrating!

Celebrate with Fun Bilingual Gifts

Looking for fun ways to show your support for Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month? Check out our selection of unique t-shirts and mugs and posters that celebrate language and diversity.

T-Shirts in English and Spanish

Bilingual Superpower T-shirt Celebrates Language Learners
Bilingual Spanish-English 2-Sided Superpower T-shirt

Bilingual Mugs in Various Languages

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Posters – Available in 4 Sizes!

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Enter the Language Lizard Bilingual Book Giveaway

We began our Bilingual Book Giveaway two years ago to honor Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, and it’s still going strong! 

If you haven’t already, you can enter for a chance to win a surprise set of children’s books. Books are given away throughout the year. Over $2,000 of language materials have already been given away!

And for the month of October 2019, we’ll select additional winners to receive book mini-sets in a mix of languages!

To enter, just fill out this form on our Giveaway Page. The sooner you sign up, the more chances you have to win! (Books will be sent to US or Canada addresses only.)

Note: If you have already entered, no need to enter again. You are already part of every drawing!

Libraries Support Immigrant Children & Families

Libraries around the country are stepping in to support immigrant families. Some are new arrivals, navigating the immigration system. Others have undocumented family members who are facing possible enforcement actions. Here, we offer some suggestions you can give your local library, so they can offer assistance to these families during an extremely vulnerable period of their lives.

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5 Back to School Tips – Bilingual & Multicultural Classrooms

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You may be a teacher, on the brink of a brand new school year. Or a parent, with kids preparing to head into a new classroom. Here are some of our favorite back-to-school tips and resources to get the school year off to a great start.

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New Bilingual Children’s Book! Food, Food, Fabulous Food

Cover of new children’s bilingual book Food, Food, Fabulous Food

Language Lizard is excited to announce a new bilingual children’s book that will make a great addition to your library or home collection! Food, Food, Fabulous Food introduces young readers to multicultural foods from all around the world.

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4 New (Free!) Lesson Plans – Social & Emotional Learning

We have partnered up with our friends at West Chester University to bring you 4 new multicultural lesson plans that focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. Access these free lesson plans, and many more, to help bring more multicultural learning to your classroom. (Special thanks to Seán Gleasure for his assistance on the lesson plans.)

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The Many Benefits of Bilingualism

Want your child to learn a second language, but wondering if it will be worth the time and effort? Kids’ schedules are already full of school and extracurricular activities, so parents must be selective when taking on anything new. Read on for some compelling reasons why bilingualism is definitely worth the effort.

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DIA! DIVERSITY IN ACTION

Library building with "Dia! Diversity In Action" text

April 30th of each year is the culmination of Dia! Diversity in Action.

Dia! Diversity In Action

Also known as El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Dia! is a nationwide initiative from the American Library Association that helps libraries connect their patrons to more bilingual and multicultural resources.

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Multicultural Good Luck Charms

Have you ever picked up a lucky penny? Or rubbed a rabbit’s foot for good luck? Cultures around the world have different lucky charms. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a superstitious person, you may have “knocked on wood” after making a statement, or felt the urge to toss salt over your shoulder after it was spilled.

Whether you believe in good luck or not, here are a few lucky charms from around the world. The reasons behind them might be compelling enough to make you a talisman collector, too.

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April’s Reading Holidays are Perfect for Diverse Children’s Books

April is a great month for book lovers! Not only do we have Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) Day, there’s also National Library Week and a whole host of reading-related holidays that celebrate books, poems and libraries.

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