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31 Days of Reading in Spanish: Donde Viven los Monstruos

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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! This is the last week, so you have until July 31 to enter. BOOK DESCRIPTION/REVIEW We all know and love Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, right?  So I don’t have anything to say about the story itself, but I asked my sons to pick a couple ofRead More ...

What NOT To Do: Tips From a Monolingual Mom in a Bilingual Household

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From the moment the test read “pregnant,” it didn’t take long before I was sitting on a plane reading about the OPOL method and other strategies for giving one’s child the gift of two languages. Friends asked me about birth plans and attachment parenting, but I researched precious little of the topics concerning my other mama friends. I was fascinated by language development and raising a bicultural baby. The only problem? I don’t speak Spanish. I was relying on myRead 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 ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: How I Fell in Love with Spanish & Became a Bilingual Father

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us. On November 11, 2009, I was just another young man trying to make his way in the world. Some of us college-aged kids from church were starting a small group, and we were kicking it off with a little get together atRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: Celebrating Papás Raising Bilingual Kids

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With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we figured there was no better time to celebrate papás who are raising bilingual kids. While we tend to hear a lot more from moms than dads, the reality is that fathers play an integral role when raising kids in more than one language — even when they’re monolingual. Raising bilingual kids is all about support and encouragement, and if the whole family is not on board, it can end up being a muchRead More ...

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