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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.

Taye Diggs on Race, MLK Day and Fatherhood

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Just in time for MLK day and following the Fall 2011 release of the new children’s book, Chocolate Me, I had the opportunity to participate in a bloggers’ panel with actor and author Taye Diggs. Diggs, along with childhood friend Shane Evans, created this autobiographical story about a black boy who feels out of place in a class full of white children. He is preoccupied with his looks until his mother reassures him by telling him that he has “cottonRead More ...

Books & Libros: Los Reyes Magos

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   After Papá Noel has come and gone – 12 days later, to be exact – there is another round of celebration yet to arrive. El Día de los Reyes, celebrated in various ways in several Spanish-speaking countries, is the day that commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men. Food, letter writing, and parades abound as children wait for them to appear. Because there are so many different Reyes traditions throughout the Latino world, a great way to teachRead More ...

A Bicultural Christmas Photo {Chelsea}

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Editor’s note: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so this holiday season we asked all of our regular contributors – we’re up to nine! – to just send us a photo that expresses what the holidays mean to them for this collection of Bicultural Christmas Photos. What kind of photo would you have sent in? “I am starting new, multicultural Christmas traditions with my newly blended family this year. The photo is of my stepdaughters and sonRead More ...

Books & Libros: Reading for a ¡Feliz Navidad!

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It’s here again…finalmente! The day our kids eagerly await all year: la Navidad. The kids are out of school, overloading their bellies with treats and snooping around the house for presents. While you’re preparing for feasts and family time, remember to take a moment each day to read to your bebés and teach them what Christmas means to you. As with every holiday, we are making the search easy with a list of great bilingual book recommendations from La TienditaRead More ...

Read Conmigo Sends You Free Bilingual Books!

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 Finding and acquiring quality bilingual reading material for our kids is a perpetual challenge. Though SpanglishBaby tries to make the task easier for you with reviews, giveaways, and recommendations, we can’t exactly deliver our favorite libros to your door. However, we found someone who will! Infinity Insurance is the resource behind a new program called Read Conmigo, a bilingual literacy program intended to support Spanish literacy by helping parents get past one of the greatest barriers: access to developmentally appropriateRead More ...

Smart Play Ingenio USA Map Puzzle {Giveaway}

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  Once your kids start to fathom what cerca and lejos mean, your next step is to expand the concepts by helping them understand where they fit in the world (literally). The Smart Play USA Floor Map Puzzle by ingenio can help you do just that. Along with cute symbols for each state, the puzzle includes Spanish names for many states and bodies of water. It is the perfect size – big enough to read easily, but won’t cover theRead More ...

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