Big Ideas for Finding Books for Preschool DLLs

Finding books for DLLs

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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 coverHairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros


beebimbopcover   Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park


shoes coverShoes, Shoes, Shoes by Ann Morris


nwnf cover   New Words, New Friends and Nuevas Palabras, Nuevos Amigos by Karen Nemeth


De colores cover   De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children by Jose Luis Orozco



golden domes coverGolden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan



5 quick answers to the question “Where can I find free books for my preschool DLLs?”

  1. The library. (New book by librarians will give you some ideas: Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish)
  2. The families – and their families in home countries.
  3. Embassies and cultural organizations.
  4. Make them yourself with the help of children and families
  5. International Children’s Digital Library

Laughing Kids Reading A Book


5 quick answers to the question “How should I choose books for my preschool DLLs?”

  1. Use respected sources to locate high quality, culturally authentic books.
  2. Look for translated versions of some of your favorite books.
  3. Look for culturally respectful books that rely on great illustrations to tell a story.
  4. Invite a committee of bilingual volunteers to help you evaluate books for purchase.
  5. 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:


5 great places to buy books/reading materials in different languages for preschool DLLs: catalog site catalog site catalog site High Five Bilingüe magazine

Language Castle’s Multilingual/Multicultural Preschool Book Suggestions Amazon Store


6 websites to visit for more suggestions:

  • We’re here to help with blogs, products, and other resources:
  • Nonprofit organizations that support multicultural literacy:



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

Little Girl Accompanied By Mother And Grandma Reading Book

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