This is our fourth year celebrating El Día de los Niños/El Día de los libros which happens on or around April 30 around the entire country. In honor of this very special day — because what could be better than celebrating kids and books, right? — we have put together a full week of reading related posts geared specifically towards bilingual children as well as an AMAZING giveaway that will allow one family to build its own bilingual home library for their kids!
We believe wholeheartedly in the power of reading when raising bilingual children, but we also know how frustrating it can be to find quality bilingual and Spanish books in the United States. From experience, I do have to say the offerings have gotten much better since my daughter was born almost six years ago and if you’ve been with us for a while you know that we’ve shared all those finds with you either through our ReadMe series or, more recently, in our Books & Libros category.
Another one of the worries we’ve all shared in this blog is how to go about teaching our bilingual children how to read in Spanish. Or even whether we should do this or not. As you may remember, I worried about this quite a bit before Vanessa entered Kinder as I was told by many that she should learn to read in her mother tongue, which I consider to be Spanish. I ended up not doing anything about it and once Vanessa learned how to read in English at school, she basically just came home and started transferring those skills into Spanish. But how does that actually happen? We hope to give you the answers this week.
We’ll also have some posts related to libraries and how to put them to good use as well as ideas to keep in mind when creating your own home bilingual library. Oh, and just like I promised, I also plan on sharing that list of suggestions I got from the librarian at the dual language immersion school I went to back in Peru when I was a child.
We’ve worked very hard to put together this week Celebrating Bilingual Readers and we can’t wait to share all of it with you… especially the AMAZING prize we’ll be giving away to one lucky family!
Entering this giveaway is super easy! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and upload a photo of your child’s favorite bilingual or Spanish book by May 6, 2012. Make sure you upload the picture via the contest app and NOT directly on the wall since that violates Facebook promotion guidelines. Go to this link here to land directly on the contest wall.
The winning family will be chosen at random (1 Grand prize winner) and this is what they’ll win to start their own bilingual children’s library at home:
- $50 worth of books from Heritage Language
- $50 worth of books from Bilingual Readers
- $50 worth of books from Lectura Books
- $20 worth of books from Little Pim
- Over $80 worth of books and Audio CDs from Pacific Learning
- Over $30 worth of bilingual educational games from Ingenio
- A BRAND NEW KINDLE FIRE!
We’ll also select three more winners to receive a copy of our book, Bilingual is Better, to be published on September 4, but now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Enter the Celebrating Bilingual Readers Contest HERE and click on the suggested Tweet below to share the news with your friends!