2010 Annual Green Books Campaign: An Introduction to Bilingual Development Review and Giveaway (Ends 11/14) CLOSED

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Today, I am delighted to join forces with bloggers around the world to support eco-friendly books. 200 bloggers will simultaneously publish reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. You can see the complete list of titles and reviewing blogs here. The event is organized by Eco-Libris, a company that promotes the adoption of green practices in the industry, balancing out books by planting trees, and supporting green books. The company also aims to raise consumer awareness and encourage people to consider the environment when buying books.

The 200 books to be reviewed come from 56 publishers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Participating publishers include Penguin  Group, Scholastic, Barefoot Books, McClelland & Stewart, Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, Sterling Publishing, DK Publishing, Harvard Business Press, Island Press, North Atlantic Books, McGraw-Hill, ABRAMS and Picador, among others.

For my review, I selected An Introduction to Bilingual Development by Annick De Houwer. I have always been fascinated by how children learn to speak more than one language at a very young age. The author holds a PhD based on a dissertation on bilingual acquisition, and she has published two prior books on this topic.

An Introduction to Bilingual Development is a short yet very informative introduction on how children learn to speak and understand two languages from birth. Using examples from her own research, De Houwer has created four fictional children who become bilingual due to their exposure to two languages. These four kids are based on real-life children and the book traces how their two languages develop. They are raised in families where one parent speaks two languages and the other parent speaks one, or in once instance, both parents speak two languages. Each child's language - or rather, languages - develop at its own pace, similarly to children who are exposed to just one native language.

I found this book very interesting and easy to read. Although it can be used as a textbook on bilingual development, the information is presented in such a way that anyone interested in how children learn two languages at the same time would find it useful.

The Giveaway
One reader will win a copy of An Introduction to Bilingual Development!

To enter, please leave a comment relevant to the book or to green books in general.

For unlimited extra entries, follow me on twitter and tweet about the event or the giveaway, then leave the links to your tweets in separate comments. Feel free to copy and paste: "200 bloggers review 200 #green #books on 11/10 at 1pm EST for #greenbooks2010 campaign http://tiny.cc/o8qe4 #eco"

and / or

"#Win An Introduction to Bilingual Development #Giveaway ends 11/14 @aitmama #Eco #books #contests #greenbooks2010 http://tiny.cc/ubo4k"

The deadline to enter is November 14, 2010, 11:59pm EST. Open to 18+ residents of the U.S. and Canada. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen. Subject to this site's Official Rules.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: No compensation was provided for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and may differ from yours. Review copy courtesy of the publisher via Eco-Libris.


  1. Crafty Green Poet said...

    I think the Green Books campaign is proving an excellent way of highlighting the environmental issues related to books.

    This specific book sounds fascinating, as someone who speaks three foreign languages (and not particularly well) I'm fascinated by bilingualism!

  2. Serena said...

    I've always wanted to know how kids learn to speak more than one language at a young age. I've always thought it would have been great if my father had spoken his native language more at home. I would love to have been bilingual.

    great variety this year in the green books campaign.

  3. readerbuzz said...

    I'd love to try to win a copy of this book. I, like you, am fascinated with the way children are able to learn two languages.

    My email is debnance at gmail dot com

    I'd love to have you stop by and take a look at the Green book I'm reviewing. http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/11/green-books-campaign-stuff-reduce-reuse.html

  4. readerbuzz said...

    I also am a new Twitter follower and tweeted about your giveaway!

  5. Diana D said...

    Our grandson has spent time in Japan as well as the UAE. He has had exposure to different languages. I think his Mom would find this book most interesting.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Elinor said...

    If you're interested in this book and would like to buy it at 50% discount please go to our special discount page: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/members.asp?cid=mmau. Then search for the book using the buttons on the left.

  7. leeswammes said...

    Sounds very interesting! I've got two bilingual children. Most of my knowledge about bilingualism is from my study in psycholinguistics. I always found it fascinating and then I ended up with bilingual children myself (by chance)!

    I'm not in the right part of the world, so don't enter me!

  8. Elena said...

    This book would be very interesting for me to read so that I could better understand my child who is bilingual. My husband speaks English, I speak Russian and English, plus we try to introduce our son to French (we don’t have deep knowledge in it though).

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  12. Bethany C. said...

    I could really use this book as I would like to try to raise my now 1 year old daughter to be bilingual, but my proficiency in Spanish has declined over the last few years and I don't know the best way to go about it.

  13. Emma said...

    I live in Quebec, being bilingual/trilingual is very important here. This book can help us helping the kids.

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  25. Anonymous said...

    Sounds like a great event! Thanks for sharing, I would love to read this book, too. sarah.greeners at gmail

  26. Anonymous said...

    What a fantastic project! I will be checking out the other books, too. Thank you for posting about this. donnapriz {{at}} gmail {{dot}} com

  27. katklaw777 said...

    Looks like a interesting book...I would like to find out more about raising your children to be bilingual, thanks.

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