Your Guide to a Bilingual & Diverse Book Library for Your Kids

  Representation matters in children’s literature. Children who see images of themselves in books, whether it’s kids with the same color skin, the same physical impairment, or the same language, representation prevents children from feeling “otherness.”   Public awareness about diversity in children’s literature is at an all-time high after a year of politically charged […]

Favorite Chinese New Year Books, some in more than one language

Chinese New Year is upon us once again, this year it is the year of the Ox.  Our town is painted red, as we speak. Decorations on every door, orange and plum blossom trees are appearing everywhere to bring in good luck for the new year.  The Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is a […]

Bilingual Advantage:  Why Learning to Read in a More Phonetic Language Helps Kids Learn to Read in English 

Call out for TimTimTom’s New Blog Series:          Bilingual Advantage Today we are super excited to introduce our new series: Bilingual Advantage.  Kids that grow up bilingual often have a head start in many areas of life. Just ask any monolingual adult who has struggled to navigate a foreign country! Life with […]

Hoping to raise more empathetic kids? A second language can help

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” – Nelson Mandela   A second Language can help in raising empathetic kids   Language Learning is So Much More Than Verbs + Vocabulary Over a […]

A Bilingual Underwater Adventure on World Ocean Day

  Today is World Ocean Day, a day in which we are reminded about the importance of oceans’ in our everyday life. We have put together some activities to bring the ocean closer to home and spend some quality-language-time with the little ones while talking about the sea.     Fun Ocean facts for your bilingual […]

The Great Book Debate –  E-book or “Real Book” for Kids?

Why are Real Books better for Children? Reading is reading no matter what, right? Physical books, audiobooks, digital books on tablets, or e-readers? The most important thing is that kids read as often as possible, no matter how right?    Yes and no.    I’d say that, yes, any reading is better than no reading […]

How to raise a truly bilingual child

Maybe we should start by asking what is a “truly bilingual” child? Is it a native accent?  Is it perfect grammar?  Is it expansive vocabulary? Is understanding and using sarcasm and double meanings?  Or is it all of these combined and more? Truth is there is no one-size-fits-all measurement for the universal understanding of what […]

Free book readings in many languages, perfect for bilingual kids

It is amazing how all around the world many authors, celebrities, moms and dads have come together trying to help kids staying at home by reading aloud cool books in all imaginable languages. We have put together some of our favourites, but would love to hear which ones you are following or even better which […]

A Bilingual Advent Calendar…Counting down the days ‘til Christmas in more than one language

Christmas is fast approaching and here at TimTimTom we relish this time of the year.  There are so many traditions from around the world, but one that we can definitely NOT do without is the advent calendar.  So we thought why not make it into a language learning tradition and celebrate a bilingual Christmas.   […]