Good reads for Multilingual Families

I often get asked by parents, teachers, speech therapists and students, what kind of books I would recommend to read about multilingualism, raising children with multiple languages, language development in multilinguals, multiliteracy (or pluriliteracy), speech language therapy and multilingual children etc. 

Here are some of the books I read and use for my workshops, trainings and consultations. I have a database with more than 1000 entries of articles that I can’t share here, but you can find a lot of them on or to name two of the sites I regularly check.

This here below is an ongoing list, i.e. I will be adding new titles regularly.
If you have some suggestions also in other languages than English, please let me know in the comments!

Agirdag, Orhan, Ellen-Rose Kambel ed., Meertaligheid en onderwijs, Boom, 2017.

Auer, Peter, Li Wei, Handbook of Multilingualism and Multilingual Communication, Mouton de Gruyter, 2009.

Baker, Colin, A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism, Multilingualism Matters, 3rd Edition, 2014.

Baker, Colin, Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 5th ed., Multilingualism Matters, 2011.

Barron-Hauwaert, Suzanne, Language Strategies for Bilingual Families: The OPOL Approach, Multilingual Matters, 2004.

Barron-Hauwaert, Suzanne, Bilingual Siblings. Language Use in Families, Multilingual Matters, 2011.

Beck, Adam, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, Bilingual Adventures, 2016.

Byers-Heinlen, K., Burns, T., Werker, J., Monolingual, bilingual, trilingual: infants’ language experience influences the development of a word learning heuristic, Developmental Science, 2010, 12 (5), 815-823.

Byers-Heinlen, K., Burns, T., Werker, J., The roots to bilingualism in newborns, Psychological Science 2, 2010, (3), 343-348.

Byers-Heinlen, K., Morin-Lessard, E., Lew-Williams, C., Bilingual infants control their languages as they listen, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2017, 114 (34), 9032-9037.

Böttger, Heiner, Neurodidaktik des frühen Sprachenlernens. Wo die Sprache zuhause ist, UTB, 2016.

Bourgogne, Annika, Be Bilingual: Practical Ideas for Multilingual Families, 2013.

Braun, Andreas and Tony Cline,Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents’ Perspectives, Multilingual Matters, 2014.

Brown, Douglas H., Priyanvaa Abeywickrama, Language Assessment. Principles and Classroom Practices, Pearson Longman, 2010.

Busch, Brigitta, Mehrsprachigkeit, 2. Auflage, UTB, 2017.

Byalistok, Ellen, ed., Language processing in bilingual children, CUP, 2003.

Caldas, Stephen J., Raising Bilingual-Biliterate Children in Monolingual Cultures, Multilingual Matters, 2006.

Chilla, Solveig, Sandra Niebuhr-Siebert, Mehrsprachigkeit in der KiTa. Grundlagen – Konzepte – Bildung, Kohlhamme, 2017.

Chumak-Horbatsch, Roma, Linguistically appropriate practice. A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children, UTP, 2012.

Chumak-Horbatsch, Roma, Using Linguistically Appropriate Practice. A Guide for Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms, Multilingual Matters, 2019.

Coady, Maria R., Connecting School and the Multilingual Home. Theory and Practice for Rural Educators, Multilingual Matters, 2019.

Coehlo, Elizabeth, Language Learning in Multilingual Classrooms. A Practical Approach, Multilingual Matters, 2012.

Costa, Albert, The Bilingual Brain: And what it tells us about the science of language, Allen Lane, 2020.

Cummins, Jim, ‘Cognitive/academic language proficiency, linguistic interdependence, the optimum age question and some other matters’, Working Papers on Bilingualism 19, 1979, 121–129.

Cummins, Jim, ‘Psychological assessment of immigrant children: Logic or intuition?’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 1, 1980, 97–111.

Cummins, Jim, The role of primary language development in promoting educational success for language minority students’, in California State Department of Education (ed.), Schooling and Language Minority Students: A Theoretical Framework, Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center California State University, Los Angeles, 1981.

Cummins, Jim, Teaching for Cross-Language Transfer in Dual Language Education: Possibilities and Pitfalls, 2005.

Cummins, Jim, BICS and CALP: Empirical and Theoretical Status of the Distinction, in Brian V. Street and Stephen May, Literacties and Language Education,  2017, 59-71.

Cummins, Jim, Rethinking the Education of Multilingual Learners: A Critical Analysis of Theoretical Concepts (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights Book 19), Multilingual Matters, 2021.

Cunningham-Andersson, Una & Staffan Andersson, Growing Up with Two Languages: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition, 2004.

Daromon-Shimamori, Yoshito, The Parents’ Guide to Raising Multi-literate Children: 70+ fun, engaging, and purposeful activities to liven up literacy learning, Library 4 Multilinguals, 2021.

Daussà, Eva J. & Ute Limacher-Riebold, Helping Multilingual Families: Internet Forums and Personal Language Counselors, Paper presented at the Third International Conference Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts (LIEMC18), Dublin, IR, 1-3 February, 2018.

De Bruyckere, Pedro, Paul A. Kirschner, Casper D. Hulshof, Urban Myths about Learning and Education, AP, 2015.

De Houwer, Annick, An Introduction to Bilingual Development, Multilingual Matters, 2009.

De Houwer, Annick, Bilingual First Language Acquisition, Multilingual Matters, 2009.

De Houwer, Annick, Lourdes Ortega, The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism, CUP, 2019.

De Houwer, Annick, Bilingual Development in Childhood, CUP, 2021.

Doyé, Peter, Bettina King, Kindergarten goes Bilingual. Englisch im bilingualen Kindergarten, OLMS, 2013.

Faingold, Eduardo D., Multilingualism from Infancy to Adolescence. Noam’s Experience, IAP, 2004.

Festman, Julia, Gregory J. Poarch, Jean-Marc Dewaele, Raising Multilingual Children, Multilingual Matters, 2017.

Grosjean, François, Studying Bilinguals, OUP, 2008.

Grosjean, François, Bilingual: Life and Reality,Harvard University Press, 2012.

Grosjean, François, Ping Li, The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Grosjean, François, Krista Byers-Heinlein, The Listening Bilingual: Speech Perception, Comprehension, and Bilingualism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.

Halai, Anjum, Philip Clarkson, eds., Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Multilingual Classrooms. Issues for Policy, Practice and Teacher Education, Sense Publishers, 2016.

Harding-Esch, Edith, Philip Riley, The Bilingual Family: A Handbook for Parents, 2003, Cambridge University Press.

Hernandez, Arturo E., The Bilingual Brain, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hyltenstam, Kenneth, Loraine K. Obler, eds., Bilingualism Across the Lifespan. Aspects of acquisition, maturity, and loss, CUP,1994.

Jaumont,  Fabrice, The Bilingual Revolution. The Future of Education is in Two Languages, TBR Books, 2017.

Julien, Manuela, Taalstoornissen bij meertalige kinderen. Diagnose en behandeling, 3nd ed., Pearson 2019.

Kenner, Charmian, Becoming Biliterate: Young Children Learning Different Writing Systems, Institute of Education Press, 2004.

King Kendall and Alison Mackey,The Bilingual Edge: Why, When and How to teach your child a second language, Collins, 2007.

Lanza, Elizabeth, Robert Blackwood, Hiruth Woldemariam, eds., Negotiating and Contesting Identities in Linguistic Landscapes, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Lanza, Elizabeth,  Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism. A Sociolinguistic Perspective, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Lanza, Elizabeth ,Bernt Brendemoen,  Else Ryen, eds., Language Encounters Across Time and Space. Studies in Language Contact, Oslo, Novus forlag, 1999

Limacher-Riebold, Ute, Ana Elisa Miranda, The Toolbox for Multilingual Families, 2020.

Limacher-Riebold, Ute, Catherine Bouko, Julie Carton, Mary-Pat O’Malley, Rita Rosenback, How to raise a bilingual child. Practical guide with ready-to-use activities, 2020.

Lippi-Green, Rosina, English with an Accent. Language, Ideology, and Discrimination in the United States, Routledge, 2012.

Mathivet, Stephanie, Bilingualism in the Early Years: A resourceful guide to theory and best practice, Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2013.

Mazak, Catherine M., Kevin S. Carroll, eds., Translanguaging in Higher Education. Beyon Monolingual Ideologies, Multilingual Matters, 2017.

Mohanty, Ajit K., The Multilingual Reality. Living with Languages, Multilingual Matters, 2019.

Montanari, Elke, Mit zwei Sprachen groß werden. Mehrsprachige Erziehung in Familie, Kindergarten und Schule, Kösel, 2002.

Mueller Gathercole, Virginia C. ed., Solutions for the Assessment of Bilinguals, Multilingual Matters, 2013.

Müller, Natascha, Tanja Kupisch, Katrin Schmitz, Katja Cantone, Einführung in die Mehrsprachigkeitsforschung, 2. Auflage, Narr, 2007.

Nodari, Claurio, Raffaele De Rosa, Mehrsprachige Kinder. Ein Ratgeber für Eltern und andere Bezugspersonen, Haupt Verlag, 2006.

Paulsrud, BethAnne, Jenny Rosén, Boglárka Straszer, Asa Wedin, New Perspectives on Translanguaging and Education, Multilingual Matters, 2017.

Romaine, Suzanne, Bilingualism, Blackwell, 2nd ed., 2009.

Rosenback, Rita, “Bringing up a Bilingual Child”, Filament Publishing, 2014.

Salzmann, Zdenek, James Stanlaw, Nobuko Adachi, Language, Culture, and Society. An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, 6th ed.,Westview Press, 2016.

Saville-Troike Muriel, Karen Barto, Introducing Second Language Acquisition, 3rd ed., CUP, 2017.

Sevinç, Yesim, Mindsets and family language pressure: language or anxiety transmission across generations?, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2022, DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2038614

Singleton, David, Larissa Aronin, eds., Twelve Lectures on Multilingualism, Multilingual Matters, 2019.

Steiner, Naomi, Susan L.Hayes,“7 steps to raising a bilingual child”, Amacom, 2009.

Tokuhama-Espinosa, Tracey, Living Languages: Multilingualism across the Lifespan, Praeger Publishers, 2007.

Tokuhama-Espinosa, Tracey, Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children, 2001.

Tollefson, James W., Miguel Pérez-Milans, The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning, OUP, 2018.

Wang, Xiao-lei, Growing up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven, Multilingualism Matters, 2008.

Wang, Xiao-lei, Maintaining Three Languages. The Teenage Years, Multilingual Matters, 2015.

Wang, Xiao-lei, Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family, Multilingual Matters, 2011.

Wilson, Sonia, Family language policy through the eyes of bilingual children: the case of French heritage speakers in the UK, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019. DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2019.1595633

Wolf, Marianne, Proust and the Squid. The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Harper Perennial, 2007. (not specifically on multilingualism)

Yamamoto, Masayo, Language Use in Interlingual Families: A Japanese-English Sociolinguistic Study, Multilingual Matters, 2001.

Zurer Pearson, Barbara, Raising a Bilingual Child, Random House, 2008.

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