Dual language resources

The dual language titles
The dual language titles

Dual language books can be offered free of charge for families for whom English is a second language.

Why give dual language books?

The gift of a dual language book raises awareness of these books and helps parents to seek out more titles via their library or local bookseller. This encourages adults to share books in their own language and to try out new words in English.

Bookstart has provided dual language books for children’s centres and encouraged libraries and children’s centres to work together to promote these books and to provide guidance to parents on the benefits of sharing books in their home language.


Ordering dual language resources

Bookstart provides dual language books in over 30 community languages and the guidance booklets – Babies Love Books and More Things to Do with Books in 27 languages.


These resources are available free to schemes on request for professionals to gift to families with the Bookstart packs or for those working with community groups. Orders can be placed by your Bookstart Coordinator – your local library will be able to advise you if you are not sure who to contact. If you require more information please email bookstart@booktrust.org.uk


Find out more about gifting dual language resourcesBookstart Coordinators can order materials here (login required)

Related resources

Finding translated books for children

View our multicultural booklistView our 'finding inclusive books' booklist, includes books that may be useful when discussing diversity

Visit Tamarind Press – publisher of books celebrating ethnic diversity with English text

Translated book-sharing tips

Download book-sharing tips in selected community languages (PDF): :English, Czech, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Shona, Tamil and Vietnamese.