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July 26th, 2012 at 5:01 am

Books About Summer For Bilingual Kids

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already more than a month into summer. My family and I are about to take a much needed and deserved summer vacation to the beach and so my kids and I have been reading a bunch of books about fun summer activities in preparation.

Here are some of the books we’ve been reading:

La lagartija y el sol/The Lizard and the Sun by Alma Flor Ada — I love legends and this one tells the story of a little lizard who does everything she can to bring back light and warmth to ancient Mexico after the sun disappears.

What can you do with a paleta?/¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? Carmen Tafolla  — First of all, what Latino child hasn’t had a paleta (or popsicle) in the summer? This is the story of all the things children can do with a paleta which introduces readers to a Latino neighborhood and all its beauty and colorfulness.

Clifford y el verano caluroso by Norman Bridwell — My kids love Clifford so this book about the Big Red Dog dying of heat and trying to figure out how to cool off is a hit!

Un día en la playa/A Day at the Beach (Dora la Exploradora) by Lauryn Silverhart — Although I’m not the biggest Dora the Explorer fan, my kids like her and I like that this book in particular is about the beach because we’re about to go spend a few days by the ocean. So reading this book has opened up a world of conversations about the beach, the water, the waves, the seashells, etc.

What are your children’s favorite books about summer? 

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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