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31 Days of Reading in Spanish

Let’s face it: it’s harder to get our kids interested in reading when summer is in full swing. Or at least that’s the case in my house where the long, lazy days are filled with outdoor activities and bedtime routines are usually altered. My daughter has been out of school for over a month now, and I’m embarrassed to say that she hasn’t really read too much at all.

Now that July has rolled around, we’ve decided to change that by going back to reading at least one book per night. And because we figured something similar may be happening in your home — and because it never hurts to have more book recommendations — today we’re launching a special series we’re entitling 31 Days of Reading in Spanish.

Starting today and until the last day of the month we plan on reviewing one children’s book in Spanish per day. To that end, we’ve enlisted the help of our contributors and some guest writers to bring you reviews of some popular Spanish and bilingual books as well as some unique and hard to find ones that we’ve recently discovered. And to help you grow your child’s library in Spanish, we’ve also put together an easy-to-enter giveaway. More details below, but before that our first book review of the month.

Fonchito y la luna


I’ve been wanting to review Mario Vargas Llosa’s first children’s book Fonchito y la luna for a long time. For starters, Vargas Llosa is one of my favorite writers, not only because he’s Peruvian like me, but because I don’t think there’s a book of his I’ve read that I haven’t enjoyed. Thus, it’s not surprising that this Nobel Prize winner’s first venture into children’s literature does not disappoint.

Fonchito y la luna is a sweet story about a first love. Fonchito is a schoolboy who comes up with an ingenious way to show his love to the little girl he likes at school — even when what she has asked him to do seems pretty impossible at the beginning. The illustrations are captivating and the story with simple vocabulary is easy to understand for children as young as 5. But more than anything, this book is the perfect opportunity to introduce children to one of the masters of literature in Spanish.


Title: Mi primer Mario Vargas Llosa: Fonchito y la luna

Author: Maria Vargas Llosa

Age group: 5 and up

Publisher/Year: Alfaguara Infantil/Dec. 2010

ISBN: 978-6071105912

Price: $12.61 on

31 Days Of Reading in SpanishTHE GIVEAWAY

We want to know what your kids are reading and loving in español! Take a picture of your child with his favorite book in Spanish and upload it to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BilingualKids. UPDATE: You may also enter by joining SpanglishBaby Playground and sharing a picture there.
You can upload as many unique pictures as you like between July 1st-July 31st. Each tagged picture will count as one entry into a weekly random drawing of $100 worth of kids books in Spanish.

Here are the steps to enter:
1. Follow SpanglishBaby on InstagramTwitter and/or join SpanglishBaby Playground.
2. Upload a picture of your child with his or her favorite book(s) in Spanish. Make sure you include the hashtag #BilingualKids when you share your picture.
3. Share as many unique pictures of your child reading a book in Spanish as you’d like throughout the month. The more you share, the more chances of winning.
4. You may only win one of the four prizes

Terms and Conditions
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Twitter. We hereby release Instagram and Twitter of any liability. Entries that do not follow the submission guidelines will be automatically deleted and invalid. Winner(s) will be chosen through to generate a random number. You may enter multiple times, but only win once.  Winners will be notified via direct message on Twitter or on a comment on Instagram and have 72 hours to respond with a valid mailing address and contact info. If there is no response winner will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen at random. Winner must have a valid US address. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Prize will be shipped via USPS Ground by product representative. We are not responsible for any delays in delivery, damaged or lost items.

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