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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.

3 Spooky Halloween eBooks in Spanish

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Halloween is upon us again. That may mean different things for different families, but one common thread is FUN! Especially for the youngest of our SpanglishBabies, it’s best to minimize the spooky when it comes to Halloween-themed activities and maximize the cute factor. That’s what the PlayTales app is offering this month: a chance to read some fun, not-so-scary Spanish ebooks to celebrate a favorite American holiday. The first is La Fiesta de Halloween ($3.99), a great story about vampires,Read More ...

Two Multilingual Luca Pestañas Apps for Kids

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All parents try to ease their children into new experiences. Historically, reading a relevant book has been helpful to prepare children for a change. Now, we have the great option of using educational multimedia to do the same. The Luca Lashes/Luca Pestañas series of ebooks, apps, and activities is one way to do this. Luca is a young boy who gets nervous as he goes through lots of “firsts,” including going to the dentist and getting his first haircut. InRead More ...

DeCuentos Story Videos App in Spanish

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DeCuentos is an app unlike any I have seen before. Rather than being a typical storybook app where kids can interact with animated characters and scenes, DeCuentos brings traditional storytime into the virtual world. It includes a long list of videos of various native Spanish speakers reading children’s books aloud. I especially like that the stories the developers chose are a mix of classic tales — think Caperucita Roja and Cinco Monitos — and contemporary stories, some of which I had never heard beforeRead More ...

GoComics Bilingual (English/Spanish) Comic Book App

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I am always on the lookout for Spanish and bilingual apps that are appropriate and entertaining for older children and teens, since my stepdaughters are in middle school and quickly losing interest in Spanish (unless it’s required for socializing). GoComics is an excellent app that features a diverse range of comics in both English and Spanish for teens and adults. GoComics features the classics, such as Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, and Doonesbury, but also has a wide array of newerRead More ...

Two Spanish Reading Skills Apps

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Learning to read can be difficult, and sometimes as parents, we are unsure of exactly how to support our kids’ developing reading skills. That’s why having fun apps to assist us can make us feel more confident and even give us brand-new ideas for learning activities. Lee paso a paso and Lee paso a paso 2 are two great resources to have on your iPhone or iPad for those moments when reading practice with your child becomes a chore. The first appRead More ...

Rosetta Stone Launches Free Bilingual Kids App

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Rosetta Stone®, an international language education leader, has introduced a new kids division! With the launch of the Lingo Letter Sounds app, the groundbreaking company brings its skills into the world of early childhood language acquisition. We are excited to share this development with you just as much as the app, since the backing of popular linguistic educators brings even greater legitimacy to the goal of our bilingual families. Lingo Letter Sounds combines all the basics of a fun appRead More ...

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