Celebrating Bilingual Child Month with Books

Celebra (Celebrate) this October by reading some of your favorite classic and new libros (books) available in multiple languages. Here are a few that we have enjoyed sharing at home en español (Spanish) and ingles (English).

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? is one of the first books that I shared with my first born in two languages. We read the book over and over and soon he was “reading” the repetitive text to me. Once you’ve read it in English, enjoy reading this book together in Spanish or Korean.

Where the Wild Things Are might have turned 50 recently, but this timeless story will be enjoyed by children for many more years. Children love stepping into Max’s adventure and stomping around with the wild things. Share this book in Spanish, Chinese, French or German.

Elephant & Piggie (also available in Spanish) became our favorite series as my children started to read on their own. We laughed at all the silliness in We Are in A Book!

This year we have some great new books that have been released in English and Spanish. Here are two.

Alma and How She Got Her Name / Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre: Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela thinks that she has too many names. When she hears the story behind them, she learns to treasure each and every one.

Islandborn / Lola: Lola left la isla (island) as a baby. When her teacher asks all the students to draw a picture of the country they came from, Lola is at a loss. Walking through her colorful barrio (neighborhood), she listens to the vivid memories from her neighbors and soon realizes that her abuela (grandma) is right, “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

Which titles do you enjoy reading with your family?

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