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Language Lizard, LLC - Overview
Language Lizard, LLC was established in 2005 to meet the needs of parents and teachers who want to raise bilingual children and/or introduce their kids to other cultures at an early age.  We believe that children will be inspired to learn languages and connect with other cultures if they are exposed to fun and creative learning materials early on in their lives.
  • The Company offers bilingual (dual-language) children's books, CDs, posters and world maps. All books are in English with one of the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Simplified+Pinyin, Chinese-Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English-only, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Nepali, Norwegian, Panjabi (Punjabi), Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh and Yoruba. The stories include world folk tales and fables, contemporary stories that introduce other cultures and respect for diversity, faith stories, myths and legends and dual-language reference materials. Click here to read more about our products.
  • The products are ideal for ethnic families, foreign language and diversity teachers and students, and librarians and retailers who are trying to meet the needs of ethnic patrons.  They make unique gifts to help families preserve their heritage.
  • The stories include world folk tales and fables, contemporary stories that introduce other cultures and respect for diversity, faith stories, myths and legends and dual-language reference materials.  Click here to read more about our products.

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Location & Contact Information
The Company is located in Basking Ridge , NJ and can be reached at 1-888-LLIZARD (888-554-9273) or For address information and to contact Language Lizard using our online form, click here

The Language Lizard Team
We have a dedicated team of employees and consultants who believe in the importance of exposing children to other languages and cultures at an early age. Click here to read more about the Language Lizard Team.

In the News / Press Releases
March 5, 2014: New Bilingual Book Personal Shopper Service Helps Educators and Librarians Meet The Needs Of Language Learners
May 20, 2011: New Resource to Support English Language Learners and Bring Language and Culture to the Classroom
October 27, 2008: "More U.S. Kids Growing Up Bilingual":
Radio segment about the benefits of bilingualism, resources and personal accounts.  Produced and aired on Public Radio International's "The World" (from the BBC, PRI and WGBH).
September, 2008: INTERVIEW WITH LANGUAGE LIZARD PRESIDENT & FOUNDER ANNEKE FORZANI Interview on Public Radio International's "The World in Words" podcast (co-produced by BBC, PRI and WGBH) at  (Note: The interview starts about 5 minutes into the podcast after the Hispanic Heritage Month/Football story).
November 13, 2006: Language and Cultural Diversity Project Launched In Support of International Education Week
September 3, 2006:
Des nouvelles livres pour enfants bilingues aident
aux parents à transmettre leur langue maternelle.

August 14, 2006:
Looking for ways to inspire your kids to learn French?
August 14, 2006:
Cherchez-vous des façons d'inspirer vos enfants à apprendre le Français?
August 8, 2006:
Unique Italian-English Children’s Books Help Bilingual Families Share Their Language
June 28, 2006:
Neuartige Deutsch-Englische Kinderbücher helfen bilingualen Eltern, ihre Muttersprache weiterzureiche
May 27, 2006: Bilingual Books Inspire Children To Explore Foreign Languages & Cultures
May 26, 2006: Unique Dual-Language Children's Books Help Bilingual Families Share Their Heritage

Articles & Tip Sheets
Below are articles that we hope will help you raise and educate language learners and promote cultural awareness. Most of these articles have appeared in our Culture Connection e-newsletter and our Blog. To read more great articles, please subscribe to our newsletter at and check out our blog at

Time to Celebrate your Dual Language Learners!
Top Ten Games to Play with Bilingual Children’s Books
No Kidding! Bilingual Books Help Prepare Dual Language Learners for Kindergarten, says New CECER-DLL Report
From Hiccups to Tuk-Tuks: Our Selection of Culturally Appropriate Bilingual Children’s Books
Building Baby Brains with Two Languages
Grants and Funding for Bilingual Classrooms
10 Reasons Picture Books are Important

Using Multicultural Resources to Support Language Learners and Enhance Diversity in the Classroom
Thanksgiving and Immigrant Cultures

Partnering with Families Equals Success
10 Ways to Use Bilingual Books with Children
Interactive Storytelling

Children’s Bilingual Books: Why the Audience Matters
Parents Partnering With Teachers to Bring Up Multilingual Children
Why Your Children Should Learn a Less-Commonly-Taught Language
Teaching Social Language to English Language Learners
International Education Week – An International Celebration in and out of the Classroom

How to help students survive culture shock
Twelve Common Myths And Misconceptions About Bilingual Children
Collaborations for Teaching about Language Diversity and Global Culture: Partnerships Between Native English Speaking Teachers and Bilingual Adults

Benefits of Building a Bilingual Community

Promoting Language and Cultural Diversity with Dual Language Books

Promoting Cultural Awareness in the Classroom
Calming the Anxiety of Parents Teaching a Second Language
What is bilingualism worth?
Race, Politics and the Middle School Cafeteria
The Multicultural Library: How Librarians are Responding to the Needs of Ethnically Diverse Communities
Multicultural Lesson Plans Celebrate Language and Cultural Diversity: Unique curriculum units and activities available on-line
World Folktales and Fables: Effective Teaching Tools to Educate and Entertain Children
The Best of Both Worlds
A Child’s Place in the World – PART II: Using dual language books to initiate social studies learning at home and at school
A Child's Place in the World - PART I: Using dual language books as a tool for teaching social studies in elementary school
Expand a Child's World: Involving bilingual families and English language learners in the classroom and at home.
3 Steps Parents Can Take To Support Elementary Language Education In Their Communities

Reviews & Testimonials
Our products have been well reviewed by critics, families and teachers. Click here to read reviews and awards on specific products. Click here to read Testimonials by Language Lizard's customers.

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Need an Expert?
If you would like to speak to an expert on early language learning or the benefits of  exposing children to other languages and cultures at an early age, we are happy to help and can point you in the right direction for more information.  Please contact us at 1-888-LLIZARD (888-554-9273) or

Story Ideas 

  • Barack Obama has suggested that all Americans should learn a second language. Many criticized his position. Given the academic, cognitive, personal and societal benefits of bilingualism, why is this so threatening? Are we adequately preparing our students to respond to the realities of a global economy and the need for bilingual skills in our own country? Are we supporting the development of language skills that already exist in this country?
  • Research suggest that children who learn other languages are better at solving complex problems and are more creative.  Yet many schools are cutting back their foreign language programs in response to testing requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act.  Are we putting enough emphasis on foreign language instruction in our schools?
  •  In the US , over 20% of the population is either foreign born or has a foreign-born parent. The Census Bureau estimates that by the end of the 21st century, "minorities" will represent more than half of the total population.  While schools, libraries and companies have begun to respond to the growth of the hispanic population, many other ethnic groups are being widely ignored, in part because of a lack of resources to meet their needs.  What can we do to help children who are learning English as a Second Language integrate better into their new environment?

  • The government has recognized that America is falling behind in training its citizens to succeed in our global economy.  The National Security Language Initiative is one step to increasing the number of Americans who can speak what they deem to be "critical" languages (e.g. Chinese, Korean, hindi, Arabic).  What can parents and teachers do to increase interest in and exposure to these less-commonly taught languages at an early age?  Are we putting enough emphasis on helping children who already speak these important languages maintain their heritage and knowledge?

  • People are always looking for unique  new baby gifts, birthday gifts or gifts to celebrate religious or ethnic holidays and festivals such as Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Dawali, Chanukkah, Easter, Baisakhi, Eid-Ul-Fitr, Wesak and Christmas.  Bilingual (dual-language) books are great gifts to help ethnic and immigrant families preserve their heritage and celebrate their traditions. But many families do not know these books exist!

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