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Using Literature to Teach Our Bilingual Kids About Latin American History

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As author of “An Honest Boy, Un hombre sincero” — the only children’s book on the life of Cuban legend José Martí — Magdalena Zenaida evokes a sense of cultural pride by embracing biculturalism. We sat down with her to chat about bilingualism, raising proud, bicultural identities and what José Martí means to her. How do we interest our children in bilingual literature and why should we?   I think a great way to interest children in bilingual literature isRead More ...

31 Days of Reading in Spanish: Frida

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Editor’s note: We continue with our 31 Days of Reading in Spanish. Check out the book review below and don’t forget to enter our weekly GIVEAWAY of $100 worth of books in Spanish! BOOK DESCRIPTION/REVIEW I first found Frida on a used books table in a farmer’s market when my girl was barely months old and SpanglishBaby wasn’t even a reality yet. I immediately grabbed it with a feeling of having scored a precious gift. Camila is now almost 6 years old andRead More ...

Zoobean: A Site With Handpicked Books For Bilingual, Bicultural & Multiracial Kids

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I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where the only place I heard Spanish was within the walls of my high school. And what’s more, I took French! Eventually, I learned Spanish in college and then as a student in Venezuela and Cuba. While my first job out of college didn’t require Spanish at all, my second did. I worked at a nonprofit that partnered with public schools to provide literacy programs to elementary-aged kids. My students were almost allRead More ...

Tips to Start a Spanish Children’s Book Club

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  For almost two years now, I’ve been taking Vanessa to a monthly Spanish children’s book club started by a bilingual mom I’m lucky to call my friend. While I’ll never get tired of raving about the benefits of joining a Spanish-speaking playgroup, once kids get a bit older and start school, it’s not as easy to participate in weekly meetups for the kids to be immersed in Spanish. Enter the idea of a Spanish children’s book club. If yourRead More ...

Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros: Where to Find Quality Books By and About Latinos

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  Happy Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros! Back in the summer of 2008, when Ana and I started thinking about the idea of launching this blog, we were prompted by what we took as a lack of resources for parents raising bilingual kids. One of our biggest problems was finding quality bilingual or Spanish children’s books without having to resort to traveling to Latin America to get our hands on them. While we did find some options, backRead More ...

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