Bookish Ramblings: Bilingual Books – Language Lizard LLC.

Hello, my bookish peeps. It’s the end of the year and holiday season for many people. For those of you that celebrated Hanukkah, a belated Chag Sameach! For those of you preparing for Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas. And for those of you awaiting Kwanzaa, I wish you a Happy Kwanzaa or Ngubo Saba.

For book lovers, especially bilingual and multilingual households, holidays can be filled with wonder over finding the perfect gift or fraught with terror over not being able to find that perfect something. This is especially true when trying to find books to share with loved ones that celebrate diversity and multilingual or bilingual households. Fortunately, there is a company that provides award-winning bilingual children’s products, Language Lizard, LLC., Inspiring Kids Through Language! (This is a paid promotional post. I received free books in exchange for this post, see picture below.)

FLOPPY by Guido Van Genechten in Yoruba & English;
THE GIANT TURNIP adapted by Henriette Barkow in Gujarati & English;
JILL AND THE BEANSTALK by Manju Gregory and David Anstey in Albanian & English

If you’re looking for bilingual books to share with a loved one or are an educator looking to supplement your classroom, Language Lizard has you covered. Language Lizard provides books in over 50 languages including Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Somali, Thai, Vietnamese, and more. I’m pleased to announce that in conjunction with Language Lizard, all The Book Diva’s Reads blog visitors can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of gift certificates at Language Lizard by using the following coupon code: GIFTDEAL. Use this coupon to purchase a book or learning materials for a birthday, holiday, or any gift-giving occasion. 

In addition to bilingual books, Language Lizard offers the PENpal Audio Recorder Pen. This digital audio “pen” promotes reading, speaking, and listening for a diverse student population.

  • Listens to content in many languages by touching the pen to interactive books, charts, labels, and other learning resources
  • Allows recording of individual narratives, music, or sound effects with Recordable labels

Language Lizard also provides lesson plans and articles to support multicultural/multilingual classrooms. with a free newsletter and lesson plans available at Language Lizard.

I hope you’ll check out Language Lizard and use the discount code GIFTDEAL to save 10% on your gift certificate purchase whether it is for the holidays, a birthday, or as a just because gift! 

Happy Shopping, Happy Reading, and Happy Holidays!

Bookish Ramblings: Banned Books Week & Literary Book Gifts

Hello, my bookish peeps. I hope you’re all having a great week and getting some wonderful reading time in, and perhaps one of your reads this week or month will be a banned or challenged book. 

What is a banned or challenged book? A banned or challenged book is any book that has been restricted or removed from schools or libraries due to “objectionable content.” The problem is that what is “objectionable” to one person is perfectly “acceptable” to another. Most people presume that if you don’t like the content of a book then you simply won’t read it, whereas others feel that that the book should be restricted or completely removed so no one will be able to read it. I know, kind of silly, but there you have it. Nationwide, libraries, schools, bookstores, publishers, authors, etc. are acknowledging the “freadom to read” with #BannedBooksWeek.

Normally, I just post something about #BannedBooksWeek on social media and leave it at that. This year, I’m doing something a little different. I’m pleased to announce that in conjunction with Literary Book Gifts, all The Book Diva’s Reads blog visitors can receive a 20% discount at Literary Book Gifts by using the following coupon code: THEBOOKDIVASREADS20 (no expiration date). Use this coupon to purchase yourself (or a loved one) something to honor #BannedBooksWeek or for a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or any gift-giving occasion. Need some additional #BannedBooksWeek gift-giving ideas? Check out a few of the amazing items available at Literary Book Gifts.

For more information about #BannedBooksWeek, please visit the American Library Association or contact your local library system. Enjoy your “freadom” to read and happy shopping at Literary Book Gifts!