What a great discovery we have made! Cricket Publishers have just launched their Ladybug Magazine in Spanish! Ladybug en español is designed for children ages 3 to 6, perfect for my two oldest sons, who are beginning to or are already reading in Spanish. Our boys still need guidance when reading in their second language, and we found that Ladybug is perfect for us to continue to read aloud en español.
While reading Ladybug to my oldest, the illustrations caught my eye and reminded me of the old books my mom had of cuentitos when I was a child. The short stories are sweet and the ones with more text are rich and engaging. My oldest read the “easier” ones aloud and I read the others to both boys. Then, as I was scrolling down on my laptop, we also discovered poems, games and music sheets! My little piano player wanted to give it a try but the music was a bit advanced (so he set a goal for himself!).
I look for children’s literary magazines that have all the components I need for ideal reading instruction. It hasn’t been easy to find something like this in Spanish, for this specific age group, until now. The magazine is well-rounded, giving me an opportunity to point out vocabulary, comprehension, spelling and most importantly, to motivate my boys to continue their practice of a second language. Bonus points to Ladybug en español for offering a digital version of the magazine for kids, like my boys, who LOVE the iPad.
Visit CricketMag.com to order your subscription of Ladybug en español. The yearly subscription for the digital version is $17.99 and the printed version is $33.95. You can also download individual issues via the iPad app. I believe that if Spanish is something you are working on hard in your home or classroom, this is totally worth it! I’m so thankful to my mother for providing Spanish literature to me when I was a child. Because I have the resources available to me, I hope one day my sons will be able to do the same with their children.
We are giving away a one year subscription of both the digital AND print publication of Ladybug en español to THREE lucky winners! Just leave us a comment telling us why you would love to read Ladybug en Español with your kids. Then enter the rafflecopter below.