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Chelsea Torres is SpanglishBaby’s Book Editor and a regular contributor. She is not a native Spanish speaker, but is raising her Latino son to be bilingual. A graduate of Rollins College, Chelsea lives in Orlando with her blended family.

Books & Libros: ¡Disfruten la primavera!

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For those of us who live in year-round warmth (i.e. here in Florida), springtime means the HEAT has arrived. For many of you, though, it means the snow is melting and the sun has decided to appear. No doubt, that’s something to celebrate! Keep your kids busy during Spring Break — or spend some of that lazy beach time — reading a selection of topics from this list of primavera-themed books. Entertain them with Clifford’s aventuras or use the weatherRead More ...

Muppets DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack {Giveaway}

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There are certain guilty pleasures that linger from childhood. For many of us born in the ‘70s and ‘80s, one of those childhood attachments is “The Muppets!” That’s why it’s exciting that our kids get to share in the adventures with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and all the other characters we used to love. If you missed the latest version of The Muppets in theaters, don’t worry: it’s being released as a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack on March 20th! The movie itselfRead More ...

Inside the Bilingual Mind

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I think I have discovered the one disadvantage of bilingualism. Because I often tutor in public places (bookstore, Starbucks), I have a lot of people-watching opportunities. What I am never prepared for, though, is the amount of people-listening that my brain wants to do. I can be teaching in English – usually describing how to approach an SAT problem – and also paying attention to the Spanish conversation at the next table. It is to be expected that you wouldRead More ...

Multicultural Book List from Reading is Fundamental

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Though we do our best to offer you easy access to Spanish and bilingual books, we all have to admit it’s still far more of a challenge to find good Latino-themed children’s literature than it is to find great Anglo-centric books. That’s why we love it when we see someone else participating in the search and producing great resources for Latinos and other ethnic groups. The same organization that brought us the Read Early, Read ALOUD! campaign has just releasedRead More ...

Celebrate Amor with Libros

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In the mood for besos y abrazos? Your day is here. Remember to celebrate el día de San Valentín (or Día del Amor y la Amistad) with all of your Valentines, young and old. It’s a good opportunity to discuss the proverbial ties that bind and the reason we are all making such great efforts to raise well-rounded, bilingual kids: ¡AMOR! Keep the love alive by starting a collection of LOVEly books like the ones below. Find them, along with tonsRead More ...

Ser Papá Bilingüe: Where Are All the Dads?

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There is one thing I have noticed about SpanglishBaby’s (and other parenting blogs’) readership that I don’t like: very few fathers are represented! This is nothing new; moms have historically been the ones attending playdates and talking about the trends in diaper bags. Still, fatherhood has changed considerably and, when it comes to maintaining a home culture and language, the presence of Papi is just as important as that of Mami. Since my significant other is one of the mostRead More ...

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