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August 11th, 2011 at 5:01 am

A Few of Our Favorite Bilingual Children’s Books

Even though my daughter has always loved books, it seems as if we don’t get to read as much in the summer because we spend so much time outdoors. Now that my daughter has been back to school for almost two weeks, we’re getting back into our routine of reading at least one book every night. So I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few of my – and my daughter’s – favorite bilingual books. (Keep in mind that this list applies mostly to preschoolers and kindergartners.)

1) I Know the Rivers Loves Me by Maya Christina Gonzalez – A children’s love story about the relationship between a girl and a river. An award-winning artist and author, Gonzalez has been hailed for her vibrant imagery and intense colors. She has illustrated more than 20 children’s books.

2) The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha Vamos – Written in “This is the House that Jack Built” fashion, Vamos does a great job of embedding key words in Spanish to tell the story of a farm maiden who is cooking a cazuela. I love that the book has a glossary with a pronunciation guide at the end.

3) Book Fiesta by Pat Mora – Prolific writer and founder of Día (an annual celebration of children and books), Mora’s book is all about this celebration. The illustrations intense colors jump off the pages to convey a simple message: Reading is fun! Can’t beat that!

4) Ten Little Puppies by Alma Flor ADa and F. Isabel Campoy – A terrific duo of bilingual writers, Ada and Campoy have been writing children’s books for a long time. This particular one is an adaptation of a traditional nursery rhyme in Spanish which I learned while I lived in Mexico as a child. The rhyming is catchy and kids learn to count backwards at the same time.

5) I’m Just Like My Mom/I’m Just Like My Dad by Jorge Ramos – Written by renowned and long-time Univision anchor, Jorge Ramos, this bilingual book answers the quintessential question of ‘whom do I look like?’ that all kids love to ask! Ramos has written a book that addresses this question and the cool thing about it is that once you’re done with the story of how this girl is just like her mom, you can flip the book and read all about how this boy is just like his dad.

Truth be told, we are lucky to be able to say that our bilingual (and Spanish) library is expansive. So, while these are books that my daughter gravitates to on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean the other ones are no good. In the months to come, I’ll be sharing some more favorites from our bookshelves. In the meantime, you can check out a lot more other recommendations on SpanglishBaby.

What are your favorite bilingual books?

Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino



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  1. “Now that my daughter has been back to school for almost two weeks, we’re getting back into our routine of reading at least one book every night”

    It is really a great practice to make ‘reading’ a daily routine in a child’s early ages. The reward is immense.

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    10 Feb 13 at 2:38 pm

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