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August 23rd, 2012 at 5:01 am

Bilingual Books for Back To School

It’s hard to believe, but the summer–or at least our children’s summer break–is about to come to an end. In fact, my children have been back in school since last week, but that’s because school starts in early August in my neck of the woods. In order to get my children back into the school routine and excited about a new school year, we started reading books about going back to school a couple of weeks before their first day back.

Let me share some of our favorite ones with you:

Spot va a la escuela by Eric Hill — Perfect for preschoolers. Like all other Spot books, this one includes simple text, colorful illustrations and flaps for children to lift to find out more information.

Cheech y su autobús escolar by Cheech Marin — This is one of my personal favorites, but that’s because I love Cheech Marin. This is a particularly great book if your children are taking the bus for the first time.

My School/Mi escuela by Ginger Foglesong Guy – A journey into everything that happens in one day of school. I think this one is great for children who are nervous about the typical things that go at school on any given day.

Rabbit and Turtle Go To School/Conejo y Tortuga van a la escuela by Lucy Floyd – Retells the old fable of the turtle and the rabbit but this time the race is on their way to school. The rabbit runs and the turtle takes the bus. Who will win this time?

Max va a la escuela by Adria F. Klein — Another exploration of what goes on in a typical day at school. This one is perfect for beginner readers like my daughter who likes to read it to her little brother.

Do your children have any favorites in English or Spanish that you’d like to share with us?

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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