Busy bilingual parents: 5 ideas of quick-read resources

In this busy world, we often run after time to cram in all that we have to do in the day. Including reading to our children. Some parents do not find the time to read besides the bedtime story.
If you recognise yourself in this description, have you thought about changing resources? We often think of reading stories as implying a 20-something pages long picture book. However, reading resources are much more varied than that. Here are 5 suggestions you might want to look into, that could fit nicely in your routine…

  1. Poems – I recently discovered this thanks to this challenge I recently took at the Bilingual Zoo and recently read again “Maximize your Child’s Bilingual Ability”, which reminded me that this kind of resource is ideal to fit in our small schedule cracks. Even my 2-year old loves poems and requests our poetry book.
  2. Encyclopaedias – Both my 6 and 2 year olds enjoy encyclopaedias for children. These resources are bright, with colourful illustrations and short texts.
  3. Fact books – In  the same spirit as encyclopaedias, you can also use fact books about funny, silly or interesting facts.
  4. Joke books – This was the recent recommendation of a friendly bilingual mum. Joke books are short, entertaining and foster comprehension as the child learns a lot about the language through the jokes’ use of puns.
  5. Chapter books – It might sound paradoxical but have you thought of chapter books? The key simply lies in breaking down the reading into chunks that fit your schedule. For younger children, get them a pretty customised bookmark child, teach them its use, and let them learn the notion of waiting and patience (a concept a lot of kids desperately struggle to develop! lol).

Any more suggestions? Please share them in the comment section! 🙂

If don’t forget to read this interrelated post: Reading to your child: 8 tips to find the time.


  1. Joke books are a big hit in our home with the 9 year old. And he goes telling the jokes he likes the most to the rest of the family 😉 Other ideas are comic books. And for older children articles on things they are interested in (for example some local news or some sport event…) and same with books, when my 9 year old started programming in scratch in school, I bought him a scratch programming book in our ml. Also magazines. And audio books.

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