Recommended Children’s Books For Spanglish Families
June 24, 2013
So many books have come into our home since my last book review. I feel like I owe you an apology for not sharing at least the titles of our favorites before returning them to the library. When I joined the Latinas 4 Latino Literature summer reading program, I made a personal vow to myself to not continue to slack off on reading bilingual books to my children. When I had my daycare, it was part of our circle time routine. Sometimes we would read 3-5 books in one day! Once I closed my business and had only my own children at home though, that routine slowly changed. We went from 3-5 books a day, to 1 a day, to 2-3 per week at most. Now days we still read 2-3 books per week, but that isn’t good enough for me. I want my kids to ask me to read to them like they used to. Hopefully by the time my little girl starts Kindergarten in the fall I will have succeeded. Meanwhile, today I want to share two of our favorite books that I highly recommend buying or checking out the next time you are at the library.
These days we can get pretty much any information we are looking for on the internet – even access to a library and where to find a specific book. Waiting for the Biblioburro, by Monica Brown, reminds us to be thankful of our modern day luxuries with a very inspiring story of a real traveling librarian by the name of Luis Soriano.
Second up is Uno, Dos, Tres; One, Two, Three byPat Mora. She makes counting simple in a way that is fun and doesn’t feel like you’re teaching children a lesson on how to count in English and Spanish. This beautiful story of two children counting their way through the Mexican street markets, leads to an ending that will fill the hearts of any parent and child reading this book.If you haven’t visited L4LL yet, go check it out for some tips and resources on motivating children (and teens!) to read.Happy reading friends!