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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.

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Los Lobos Goes Disney

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I‘m sure it’s happened to you. You’re happily minding your own business and out of nowhere you start belting out the theme song from the latest movie/TV show your kids are currently addicted to. Well, you’ll be happy to know that if it happens to be a Disney movie, you can now sing to the the tune of Los Lobos! In their new album, Los Lobos Goes Disney, the three-time Grammy award winners, cover a bunch of Disney classics withRead More ...

Not very Latina-like…

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One of the biggest disagreements my mother and I have had over the years is the amount – or lack thereof – of makeup I wear. Whenever she sees me getting ready to go out – no importa donde – her comment is always the same: “Hijita, ¿no te vas a maquillar un poquito?” Thing is, I have put makeup on, just not tons of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like making myself up, butRead More ...

Let the animals come to life

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Have you heard of something called Scanimation? It’s a pretty cool technique which makes the images of this book, ¡Al Galope!, seem as if they’re moving. Artist, inventor, filmmaker, Rufus Butler Seder, came up with this animation process described as “video without a screen.” Translated from the #1 New York Times bestseller children’s book, Gallop!, the Spanish version will have your kiddos thinking they’re watching a movie instead of reading a book. Not to mention, they’ll learn a bunch ofRead More ...

ReadMe: Marina and the Little Green Boy

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This contest is now closed. We’ll announce the winner shortly! We’re doing something a little bit different for this month’s installment of ReadMe. Instead of showcasing a book’s author, we’d actually like to introduce you to a brand new bilingual publishing house which we support 100%. First because we truly believe in what the publishers are doing and second because their products are different and, simply put, cool and innovative! It’s called Bilingual Readers – we’ve linked to their blog’sRead More ...

Keeping Memories the Latino Way

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I swore I wouldn’t be one of those moms who started her baby’s memory book with fervor and wrote something on it every single day from the moment she was born only to stop doing it abruptly after about her second birthday. But, I have to fess up: that’s exactly what has happened. However, because I believe in second chances, a couple of weeks before my newborn, Santiago, was born back in August, I frantically started looking for a memoryRead More ...

Dual Language Immersion Programs

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This post was originally published on March 26, 2009. Although I believe I already was a supporter of dual language immersion programs prior to the extensive research I’ve done to put together this education series, now that I’ve learned more of its intricacies I can definitely say I have become one of its fervent advocates. Allow me to  tell you why. A well-designed dual immersion program encompasses the “best of both worlds,” as I was told repeatedly by the educatorsRead More ...

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