Bilingual is Better

Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s impossible to deny that finally having an African-American become president of this nation won’t go down as one of the most significant historical events of this century.

I was one of the lucky journalists to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver when Barack Obama became the party’s first African-American nominee for President. I say I was lucky because I’ll never forget the feeling of hope I shared with the Latinos I was working with. There was a kind of magic in the air… as if anything was possible!

This is exactly the premise of Yanitzia Canetti’s book, I Can Be President, Too!/Yo También Puedo Ser Presidente. Each page features a photograph of a child explaining why he or she could be president. The best part is that each child looks different from the next. They’re different ages and races. Each boy and girl seems to represent a slice of  our diverse population. Their reasons for why you should vote for each of them includes stuff like: “Yo amo la paz” and “Yo cuido el planeta.”

I think the idea is for our children to see themselves in these photos and realize that anybody can be president. If anything, it’s a great way to start talking about this subject with your children.

Canetti wrote the book in both Spanish and English — no translations here. Besides being an award-winning author, Canetti is also responsible for the translation of more than 100 children’s book, including classics like Dr. Seuss, Berenstein Bears, Amelia Bedelia and Curious George. Yo También Puedo Ser Presidente is published by BrickHouse Education, an educational publisher with lots of Spanish and bilingual titles you should all check out, particularly if you’re homeschooling.

I don’t know if it’ll happen in my time, but it would be absolutely grandiose for our bicultural children if a Latino ever became president of this great country! Can you imagine what that would do for our children’s pride in their heritage?

THE GIVEAWAY!

We’re giving a way an autographed copy of Yo También Puedo Ser Presidente to one lucky winner. To enter please visit the BrickHouse Education website and come back here to tell us which books caught your attention.

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