I started a book project with Danica from Dadoclem a while ago and I finally have the finished product in my hands! I was so excited to read it and to share it with my kids. My daughter gave me the best compliment by telling me that she wanted to read the whole series – well, of course there is no series but, just the fact that she wants it to exist is enough to make me happy.
What’s so great about this book is that while it is bilingual (French and English) it is written in a simple way that allows young readers to experience a book in two languages without having to have someone guide them through it. As a teacher and a parent this really excites me as teachers and parents often have to multitask and knowing that a child can also enjoy this book on their own means that they’ll be more likely to pick it up in the first place.
The illustrations were done by Fabienne Brunner and I find them to be delightful. I love illustrations that are relatable to children, not overdone. I like the idea of a child reading this book and saying, “I would like to have a go at drawing that character too!”
I was told that the book will be available for purchasing in February and I will definitely be updating everyone so that they can get the book for themselves. In the meantime, I’ve decided to do a project that uses this book with my class of Year 2 and Year 3 students (grades 1 and 2). My thought is that I’d like to introduce them to the concept of books that could be made especially for bilingual kids. Because I teach in a bilingual school myself, I’ll be able to write the English version of my book with my students and then ask my teaching partner to have his class translate them into French (and vice versa of course).
I can’t wait to get started and I can’t wait to show my little students that anyone can write a book. If I can inspire them even a little bit then I’ll have done my job.
Just speak (and write!),