• Baker, C. (2007). A parents’ and teachers’ guide to bilingualism (3rd ed.). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.—Organized around a set of frequently asked questions about bilingualism and bilingual education (e.g.,
My child mixes the two languages. Is this normal? Is it better to develop two languages together or one language later than the other?), this classic text provides a highly readable and practical introduction to bilingualism in the family and in schools.
- • Barron-Hauwaert, S. (2011). Bilingual siblings: Language use in families. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.—With data from over 100 international families, this book examines how birth order, personality, and family size influence the ways in which bilingual siblings develop in two or more languages.
- • King, K. & Mackey, A. (2007). The bilingual edge: Why, when, and how to teach your child a second language. New York: Collins Living.—Written in non-technical language by two linguists who are raising their children bilingually, this book dispels common myths about bilingual development in children. It should be a great resource for parents of all language backgrounds, monolingual and bilingual alike.
- • Pearson, B.Z. (2008). Raising a bilingual child. New York: Random House. —This book offers an overview of why parents should raise their children to speak more than one language and detailed steps parents can take to integrate two languages into their child’s daily routine.