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About: Roxana A. Soto

Roxana is a bilingual and bicultural mamá to Vanessa, an inquisitive second-grader, and Santiago, an adventurous preKindie – both of whom are growing up between two worlds and in two languages. A long-time journalist, Roxana oversees SpanglishBaby's editorial content.

Twitter: @roxanaSB

Welcome to the New and Improved SpanglishBaby!

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¡Hola! Welcome to the new and improved SpanglishBaby! This has been in the works for several months now and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Hope you feel the same way! If you’re new here, this will serve as a guide of sorts to keep in mind when navigating our site. If you’re not new, we still have all the great content as before, PLUS a few surprises. One of the main things you’ll notice is that our newRead More ...

MLK: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now"

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Today we honor a courageous human being who always said it like it was: Martin Luther King, Jr. I often wonder what he’d think of the current anti-immigration laws – full of the very civil right abuses he so adamantly denounced. My children are still way too little to understand any of it, but as they get a little older, I want to make sure that they know about this man and not just from what is taught to themRead More ...

Disney FamilyFun Kids Magazine {Giveaway}

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Like me, Vanessa really likes magazines. I got her a subscription to National Geographic Little Kids about a year ago and she has been completely enthralled by it, so I just renewed her subscription. So when we got a sample of the brand new Disney FamilyFun Kids magazine, she was super excited. Although the magazine is obviously in English, I’m so used to translating pretty much everything that she gets her hands on that’s not in Spanish, that this was no different.Read More ...

Wordless Wednesday: Así era

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Hay un capítulo en el libro que estamos escribiendo Ana y yo – ¡que estará a la venta en el otoño! – en el que escribo acerca de esta foto que me tomó mi papá en 1983. Tenía yo 10 años y vivíamos en Johannesburgo, Sudáfrica. Aunque no se ve muy bien, llevo un botón en la solapa de mi saco que me gané por ser la mejor alumna del mes. Mi padre estaba orgullosísimo, ya que habíamos llegado aRead More ...

My Bilingual Writer

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You might remember how worried I was about teaching Vanessa to read and write in Spanish before she entered kindergarten last fall. In the end, I opted not to go that route and instead she’s been learning to read and write at school in English first. When I made my decision, I figured it’d be easier – for both of us – to transfer the skills she learned in English to Spanish and all would be merry. Little did IRead More ...

¡Feliz Día de Reyes!

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Editor’s note: This post is my contribution to Spanish Friday. De niña siempre celebré Reyes Magos, pero la verdad es que no me acuerdo haber comido rosca, aunque seguramente lo hice por lo menos los años que viví en México D.F. Lo que sí me acuerdo es dejar un zapato al pie de mi cama el 5 de enero y levantarme el 6 y encontrar caramelos y juguetes chiquitos dentro del zapato. Mi esposo es de Puerto Rico y allá élRead More ...

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