The Importance of Books 

Dina is 6 years old and has moved with her Mothers from Sweden, where she attended a bilingual Swedish/ English kindergarten, to France. One of her mother's is Swedish, one is French, so Dina speaks both languages at home, and has high language competence in English as well.  Her new kindergarten in France is also bilingual, French/ English, and she settles in quickly as she is comfortable in both languages.   When telling her new group about her family, she happily explains that women can have children without a man and children don´t need to have a father. Her mothers went to a bank, got a donation, and this is how she was born.  

Age: 6 years 5 months

Home language: Swedish

Additional language spoken: English & French

This website so far has discussed many topics, all to do with language development, identity, culture and the ways in which they relate to one another.  The following section will look into the importance of children's literature, as this is a useful tool can foster positive images of self-identity and the identity of others as well as a positive connection to language.                    

  • How does Dina feel about having two mothers? 

  • How might the children in her new kindergarten group react? 

  • How might the educator react to Dina telling her group about how she was conceived?