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Kaleidoscope Books had been launched into the world of Facebook! If you are a little curious and feel like having a little look click the link above. And if you feel so inclined, like us…if you like. We look forward to meeting new people like you!

Benefits of a Bilingual Mind

Benefits of a Bilingual MindThe Centre for Applied Linquistics produced a report called A Global Perspective on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in which they estimate about half the world’s population consists of bilingual or multilingual people. This means that many children throughout the world are growing up speaking at least two languages. This could be from necessity as the parents may not speak the dominant language spoken in the community, or the parents may just wish to expose their child to another language because of the benefits of bilingualism.

In an increasingly diverse community such as Australia, the importance of introducing children to another language at an early age cannot be understated. The blog J&J Dellit highlights the recent research that shows children who are bilingual benefit in the following ways: Continue Reading →

Ni Hao! Salaam! Hello!


Welcome to our mid Winter blog – to help with the mid Winter blues we’re offering 50% off ‘Bicycles from the Oxfam Around the World Series by Kate Petty. Through the use of stunning photography this book shows people from all around the world using their bicycles in different ways. Normally $25.00 from now until the end of August it is reduced to $12.50!! This book is part of our Cultural Diversity range of children’s books.


We have 3 early childhood conferences coming up that we will be attending as part of their trade shows.

Wednesday 30 July: Diamond Valley and Eltham Kindergarten Teachers Association (DEKTA) being held at Plenty Ranges Art and Convention Centre, South Morang.

Thursday 14 August: Yarra Valley Early Years Educators Conference at the Discovery Church in Mount Evelyn.

Friday 15 August: Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) conference held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, South Warf.

Hello World - Greetings in 43 LanguagesBook Review


Hello World is a perfect book for promoting language learning and exposing children to cultures other than their own. The book is simply and colourfully illustrated. Each page shows a child saying “hello” in their own language with the added bonus of the phonetic sounds given underneath so that everyone, regardless of their language is able to say Hello in a different language. Continue Reading →

Welcome to our Website!

June 2014 specialsHello and welcome to our website! We are very excited to launch our online shop and to celebrate we are offering 50% off two popular multicultural books “My Family” and “Be My Neighbour” for a limited time (until June 30).

As well as our online bookshop we are still visiting services with our books as we feel it is important for children’s services to be able to see the books for themselves.

We’ll be gradually increasing our range of books and will add new books on to the website as we do. We’ll keep you informed via this blog. Or you can request to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on events, specials and any new books or resources we have.

If you have any titles or languages you would like us to follow up for you, please let us know and we’ll do our best to find them.

Last week as part of their trade exhibitions, Kaleidoscope Books attended two early childhood conferences in Melbourne. At which, we had three great days filled with meeting new and familiar faces from all parts of the early childhood industry.

Wyndham Kindergarten Services Educators Conference Thursday 29 May

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) Friday 30 & Saturday 31 May

Thank you to the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) for having us at their conference in mid-February.

In our next blog post we will be reviewing one of our most popular titles Hello World – Greetings in 43 Languages .