Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


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Published in Early Childhood Education Journal 2023 doi:10.1007/s10643-023-01519-2


Copyright © 2023 Stephanie Wessels and Guy Trainin, under exclusive license to Springer Nature B.V.


This study examined the home literacy practices of bilingual families. We were specifically interested in the literacy practices families developed to answer the challenge of biliteracy. Through the home visits and supplying high quality bilingual books, we listened, observed, and gained a deeper understanding of the children and their families which allowed us and educators reading this piece to make connections between children’s home literacy practices and literacy practices in the classroom. After discussing the use of bilingual books, the following four themes emerged from the data: families negotiating biliteracy using bilingual books, the role of Spanish, siblings and literacy learning, families negotiating resources for literacy and interacting with schools.