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July 7th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

4 Board Books for Bilingual Kids

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Many people think it makes no sense to read to a baby or a toddler, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it is a great idea to start reading to your children while they’re in the womb! This is particularly helpful if you’ll be raising them bilingual because they’ll get used to hearing the minority language even before they’re born.

Through the years, I’ve gotten my hands on a fair share of bilingual board books, but here’s a short list of the ones we favor at home:

My Colors, My World/Mis colores, Mi mundo — This is a board book your kiddos must have in their home libraries. Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez, It’s colorful and full of life, and they will love to learn the colors in both English and Spanish. I promise!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar/La oruga muy hambrienta — My son will be going to Kindergarten this fall and you may think he’s done with board books, but this is actually one of his very favorite ones. By now, he knows it by heart in both English and Spanish, but he continues to ask me to read it to him almost every night. Perfect to teach your kids how to count and tons of food vocabulary in both languages.

Your Body/Tu cuerpo — I love the simplicity of this board book, one of two in a series about the body. The illustrations are eye-catching and will keep your kids entertained while they learn vocabulary related to the human body and how it moves in both languages.

Colores Everywhere!: Colors in English and Spanish — This is another one about colors, but what makes it totally unique is that the illustrations are from art artifacts that belong to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Talk about colorful! This is one book in a series of three. The other two are about shapes and numbers. Highly recommended!

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