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June 28th, 2012 at 5:01 am

Bilingual Books to Celebrate Independence Day

I’ve always thought that those of us who are bilingual and bicultural have the best of both worlds. We are able to communicate with a lot more people than we would if we only spoke one language and we get to join the celebrations and holidays of both our cultures!

Although I was not born in the United States, my children and my husband were and so I’ve learned to celebrate the Fourth of July and enjoying going out to watch our town’s fireworks every year when this celebration comes around. As my children get older, I’m also trying to incorporate a little bit of the history behind this day and why it’s important we celebrate it.

As usual, I turn to my trusty books for help. Here are some of the ones we’ve been reading in our household lately:

Celebra el 4 de julio con Campeón, el glotón — Written by renown bilingual children’s authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, this one is about a family, their mischievous dog and a picnic at the park to celebrate the Fourth of July. Includes an informative section.

Yo también puedo ser presidente — Written by Yanitzia Canetti, this is a book full of hope for children of all races, backgrounds and cultures. Each page features a photograph of a child explaining why he or she could be president and they say things like because I take care of the planet or I love peace. Inspirational!

Fourth of July/Cuatro de Julio — This book belongs to a bilingual series about U.S. holidays and it introduces readers to this nation’s history. It also explains how the same holiday is observed by families and communities around the nation. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books in the series.

How do you teach your children about Independence 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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