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June 14th, 2012 at 5:01 am

Bilingual Books to Celebrate Father’s Day

My husband is not huge on celebrations like his birthday or Father’s Day, but the kids are and so we’ll probably do something fun this Sunday. In preparation, I’ve been reading a few books to the kids related to dads and father’s day, which I’d like to share with you. But before I do that, I also wanted to share that a recent survey by Baby Center en Español found out that reading is not at the top of the list of things Latino dads like to do with their children. While I’m not surprised because this is true in my house, I am kind of sad.

I mean, I don’t remember being read to by my dad, but I will never forget he always had either a book or a newspaper in his hands. Always. The thing is that because most boys get read to by women — whether it be their mom, grandma, nanny, auntie or teacher — they eventually think it’s a girlie thing to do. And I don’t want that to happen in my household, so for Father’s Day, I’ll be asking my husband to read to our children more often. Maybe he’d like to read one of these books:

My Dad is the Best/El mejor es mi papá by Georgina Lázaro León — All kids think that and in this book, talented and well-known children’s author Georgina tells the story of a bunch of animals who are out to tell everybody why their dad is the best.

A gift from Papa Diego/Un regalo de papá Diego by Benjamin Alire Sáenz — A loving story about a boy who misses his grandfather who lives on the other side of the border and dreams with seeing him again. Fortunately, his dream comes true. ”A border is nothing for people who love,” the grandfather tells his grandson. Lots of lessons to be taught with this one.

The Perfect Bread/El Pan Perfecto by Adriana Pacheco — At home, we love any and all books by Heritage Language, a new bilingual publisher that has 5 English/Spanish books that include audio CDs. All books include the same characters and so this one is about the children’s grandfather and his hilarious attempts to make bread. Although it’s not about dads, it is about grandfathers and they are dads too!

What book do you like to read to your kids about Father’s Day?

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.


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