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April 18th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

“Bilingual is Better:” A Book for Anyone Interested in Children and Bilingualism

In a bit of a departure from my usual posts, I’m here today tooting my own horn, but only for a very good cause. After spending the last few months of my life immersed in marathon writing and editing sessions, I think it’s only logical for me to share with all of you that my first book, Bilingual is Better, is now available for pre-order via Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I am elated beyond belief as this has been a labor of love for both me and my best friend and co-author with whom I started SpanglishBaby, our blog for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids, a mere three years ago.

I say I’m sharing this with you for a good cause because the truth is that there’s not one thing about being bilingual that is not beneficial to everybody. Bilingualism opens all kinds of doors, from the professional to the cultural to the personal. My own life has been enriched by the fact that I speak two languages (actually three, if you count my French, in which I’m not as fluent, but I can still hold a full-fledged conversation with a French person). And now I’m making sure — against all odds — that I give my children the same gift I was given by my parents when I was younger.

Bilingual is Better is pretty much an extension of our blog and it’s a pretty personal book about how two Latina moms think the new bilingual parenting revolution is changing the face of America. Although it’s written by two bilingual and bicultural moms, we aimed to include something for everyone regardless of background, nationality or languages spoken. We’re extremely happy with the results and can’t wait to see what people think of our labor of love once they get their hands on it come September!

 What’s the one thing you’d like to know about bilingualism and children?

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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