Christmas is a great time of the year to expand your child’s library. I am proponent of bilingualism and think children should be taught several languages in public schools. A great way to expose children to a new language and make it fun is through books. Here are some of my favorites. These books are bilingual, but I encourage you to read only the Spanish section of the book.
Qué Montón de Tamales – Gary Soto
This is my favorite book! Maria helps her mom make tamales, but loses her mother’s wedding ring in the masa. Read the book and learn about Mexican cultural traditions at Christmas time and find out if Maria gets the ring back!
En Mi Familia- Carmen Lomas Gorza
This book has paintings on each page depicting favorite family celebrations of the author’s life. Read it with your child and see if you can relate to any of the celebrations.
Pelitos- Sandra Cisnero
This beautifully illustrated book is narrated by the main character. She describes her family member’s hair. Read to find out whose hair she loves best!
Stories and Songs written by children’s composer Jose Luis Orozco
He has a lot of choices on his website, but my favorite is the De Colores book and CD. It has all the nursery rhymes in Spanish!
Stories written by Latin American author Alma Flor Ada
She has a lot of choices as well. Choose a book that best interests your child.