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I have a friend who is expecting and she and her french native
hubby will be raising their son to be bilingual. I would love
to get them some toddler books/bedtime books that their little
one could enjoy. Anyone know of any book stores in the east bay
that sell french books for kids? I am not looking for text
books, but something along the lines of ''Goodnight Moon.'' And I
don't want to shop via computer as I don't trust on-line
shopping yet. Barnes and Noble came up blank.
If you can't find anything locally (half price books may be able
to help you out) there is always french amazon:
Try European Book Company, 925 Larkin St, btwn. Geary and Post
in SF. They have a large selection of French kids books, the
largest in the Bay Area.
They also have a website--I can personally vouch for it's
safety, because my husband manages it
Some especially cute titles include, ''Viens me chercher maman!''
and ''Ou es-tu, Papa?'' (from the same series). They're nice board
books for little ones.
Bilingual mom, too
hi i have a couple of ideas for french books. our daughter went
to a wonderful family day care in hayward when i worked there
several years ago and the woman was from france. she's listed
at 4Cs, the hayward-area childcare referral service, and she
might have ideas since she cares for babies and toddlers. email
me if you want me to call her and make contact. also might try
The French School in berkeley.
my son is 4 and a half and is bilingual
we have alot of books,, fabulous selection of tapes, books etc
from the emeryville bookstore,, ie the public market,, i think
it is codys,, in that public food market,, they have a huge
You'll probably get plenty of answers here, but if you don't, try
asking your question in another forum: the Frenchparents.org
website. The site has now become usable in English as well as in
French, and is a great resource for francophones and
francophiles. To post your question, and read the replies, you
may have to buy a subscription, but it isn't very expensive. You
can access the English-language portion at:
I am looking for recommendations for good (classic?) German books and/or DVDs for
my son, who is just over 2 years old (preschool age). He is speaking German with his
grandmother and we'd like to further enrich his German with some books and maybe
videos. We are not very familiar with German children's literature, so we're looking for
suggestions. He's into buses, trains, bears and cats, so books on these subjects would
be particularly great, but any other book recommendations would be very welcome as
Our two year old LOVES the books in the series called Wieso? Weshalb?
Junior. My husband picked up a few when he was at a conference in
year and they were such a hit, we ordered like 10 more from amazon.de.
is outrageous for just a couple of books but was pretty reasonable for
current favorites are Autos und Laster, Der Flughafen, and Die
Eisenbahn, but they
have them for tons of popular kid topics (farm, forest, etc.). There are
flaps to lift
up and they are very sturdy
Love those books
I am Brazilian and 8 months pregnant of my first child. I would like
to find some children's stories written in Portuguese (my native language)
to read to my baby and as s/he grows. Any recommendations of bookstores
in the Berkeley area and/or catalogs/websites that have these ? thanks !
It seems several people have been seeking sources for children's books in
foreign languages. I would like to recommend bookswithoutborders.com as an
excellent resource. I have ordered books in French and Italian and have been
pleased with the choices, service and quality. I had to wait some weeks for
a few books on back order, but they were worth it. Good luck! -Hilary
Try Gray Wolf Books (Grey?) in San Leandro.
Used Books. Good prices. A large children's section and I know they have
some kids books in other languages.
Does anyone know where I could find books in Ukrainian for young children?
There are several bookstores in SF on Geary from 16-25th Avenues that cater
to the large Russian population there (they call it little Odessa).
You may have some luck there. Or ask someone in the emigre dept. of
the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (don't have the number handy,
sorry). Lots of Ukranians in that community and somebody should have a
My husband and I would like to read Vietnamese children's books to our son.
Can anyone tell us where we might purchase Vietnamese children's books with
Coincidentally, I just happened to notice an English-Vietnamese children's
picture book on the lower level of the children's sale cart at Pegasus Book
shop on Solano. I don't know whether they have other such books, but as of
Tuesday 11/14, they had at least one! I happened to notice the book because
I'm always on the lookout for Tibetan language childrens' books, which seem
to be nigh unto impossible to find! So if any of you can recommend any good
resources, I'd be very grateful!
It is my understanding that the San Leandro
Library (the new, retrofitted main branch closed
until its grand reopening in mid-December) has a
sizable Vietnamese collection.
Sorry I can't give you the specifics because all of my catalogs are at
school, but there's a good children's book catalog called Shen with Vietnamese
books, as well as books in many other languages. They have an 800 phone
Their web site:
You didn't mention what age your child is. Books for older kids are probagbly
easy to find in Oakland Chinatown, where there are a lot of VN bookstores. You
could also ask for info from the Vietnamese-American Community Center which is
on 14th Ave in Oakland.. around 22nd St. but I'm not sure where exactly.
For younger kids we have found lots and lots of good books for teaching basics
from Xuhnasaba, in Saigon. They have the full set of books used in VN
curriculum as well as early reading, videos of overly cute kids singing
traditional folk songs (a very big hit for my son when he was a bit younger) and
coloring books. Also really good looking posters of all kinds with both English
and Vietnamese words, for example Fruits, Reptiles, Birds etc. The best would
be if you have some family in Saigon or Hanoi, failing that you might see what
you can order online at Xuhnansaba (Import-Export Publishing House):
Of course if you ever go to Orange County there are lots of bookstores there
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