For years using audiobooks in class to help teach children learn how to read was frowned upon by teachers. But today, that outlook is changing and more and more teachers and parents are now realizing the value of these "talking" books. No longer considered "cheating," the memorization process that inevitably takes place when using an audiobook with children can now be seen as a powerful strategy for word recognition - especially sight words. If used correctly, this memorization process can benefit many emergent readers.
Some excellent sources for bilingual audiobooks include:
• LoritoBooks.com - High quality, word-for-word audio book read-alongs for young readers and second language learners. Titles are carefully chosen for their culturally relevant content and values.
• BarefootBooks.com – A beautiful line of books and audio books by a company dedicated to using the power of stories to nourish the creative spark in everyone and strengthen connections with family, the global community, and the earth. Be sure to check out their growing collection of Spanish titles.
• HeritageLanguage.com - A new company with books in English and Spanish for children in grades K - 5th.