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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

ReadMe: The Best Mariachi in the World

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Congratulations to the winner #16 – Sand! Since we launched ReadMe–our monthly literary series–last summer, I have been exposed to bilingual books and publishing houses that I didn’t even know existed. The good news is that there is a lot of really great stuff out there, which you probably already knew if you’ve been reading these entries since we began. One of the things I like the most is that many of these books not only showcase our Latino cultureRead More ...

He Forgot his Spanish…

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Just the other day, Vanessa announced to both her father and I that she likes Spanish better than English. I just stood there as proud a mamá as can be and then I wondered: “How long will that last?” She is, after all, only 3 1/2 years old and hasn’t really been exposed to her reality: English is dominant and Spanish still isn’t given the value it deserves. (More on that in a later post…) I hope that as longRead More ...

Become a SpanglishBaby Contributor

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Happy 2010 to all of you! After a much needed break, SpanglishBaby is back in full force! Since we’re starting a new decade and will be celebrating our first anniversary next month, we’ve decided to make a few changes to our growing online community. Although we’ll reveal most of them at a later time, we are at this time announcing our call for monthly paid contributors. What we’re looking for: Whether you’ve been following us since we published our firstRead More ...

How do you sing Happy Birthday?

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Photo by AndrewEick This post was originally published on July 16, 2009. I absolutely love summer…for a lot of reasons, but mainly because my daughter is a summer baby which means we get to celebrate her cumpleaños outdoors in the melting heat (as opposed to indoors hiding from the snow.) In fact, both Vanessa and Camila were born pretty much in the middle of the summer, so both Ana and I will be celebrating their birthdays pretty soon. This gotRead More ...

A Cultural Tradition: Flan de Queso

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This post was originally published on February 13, 2009. “Es bien fácil”, or so says my mother-in-law as she’s melting sugar to make caramel and mixing a bunch of ingredients in the blender. She is trying to prove to me how easy it is to make flan de queso from scratch. Mind you, not only has she been cooking since she was born, but somehow she always fails to remember I couldn’t be more clumsy in the kitchen. Unfortunately–and inRead More ...

ReadMe: Mimí’s Parranda

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Although my husband doesn’t get to read to our daughter as much as they’d both like to, a few nights ago he was home before her bedtime and she begged him to read her the new book we had just received to review for this month’s ReadMe: Mimí’s Parranda. It was a great pairing because the book is about a parranda – an awesome, fun and musical tradition that takes place during Christmas in Puerto Rico, my husband’s homeland. SoRead More ...

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