Looking to read Latino Children’s books during this Christmas with your kids? I’ve got you covered! For 12 days you can read a different book and have fun with your kids doing an activity.
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Day One: Peru/USA
- Book: (Not) Home for Christmas (The Wanting Monster) by Mariana Llanos
- Activity: Now who wouldn’t love to make magic reindeer food? You just need three ingredients!
Day Two: Spain/USA
- Book: El día que los Reyes Magos se toparon con Santa Claus by Ana Galan
- Activity: Bake gingerbread kings with your kids.
Day Three: Mexico
- Book: A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Christmas Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora
- Activity: Got some toilet paper rolls? Make a piñata ornament..
Day Four: Puerto Rico/USA
- Book: Mimís Parranda/La Parranda de Mimí by Lydia M Gil
- Activity: Gather some instruments and have your own parranda!
Day Five: Mexico
- Book: Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
- Activity: Feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Make tamales at home with your kids.
Day Six: Dominican Republic
- Book: El mejor regalo del mundo: La leyenda de la vieja Belén by Alvarez
- Activity: Grab some branches, and make a charamico.
Day Seven: Mexico
- Book: Carlos, Light the Farolito by Jean Ciavonne
- Activity: Make a farolito
Day Eight: Puerto Rico
Day Nice: Mexico
- Book: The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
- Activity: Make a felt poinsettia . It’s super easy, and fun to do.
- Book: The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
- Activity: Have the kids dressed as Mary, and Joseph and re-enact las posadas.
- Book: Los Tres Reyes (a caballo) by Carmen Rivera Lassen
- Activity: Grab an empty shoe box, and have the kids decorate it.
Day Twelve: Mexico/USA
- Book: The Christmas Gift / El Regalo de Navidad by Francisco Jiménez
- Activity: Take the time to donate to someone in need.
I truly hope you and your kids will enjoy yourselves during these 12 days of Latino kid’s books and activities.
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|Image Source Creative Commons|
When the opportunity arises, I love to pair a good book with an activity. This is one of them! The picture book El Flamboyán Amarillo (Spanish Edition) by author by Georgina Lázaro is perfect!
Extension activities for this book:
- Review the vocabulary words, and spelling words on with an on-line activity from MacMillan/McGraw-Hill.
- Identify cognate words. I had my son do an exercise on identifying cognate words. I wrote them in Spanish, and had him look for them in the book. He wrote the English word on the card, and the sentence where he found it. The words are:
- Review vocabulary words from Debbie’s Spanish Learning post from the book here.
- Color, draw, or paint a flamboyant tree. We painted our very own flamboyant tree on a canvas. All you need is a blank canvas, a picture or painting of the tree. I drew my tree pictured on the right and little one drew his pictured on the bottom, paint, and paint brushes.
The book is in Spanish, and it’s truly a beautiful story. You can also teach your child about the life cycle of the plant using this book.
Hope you enjoyed this post.
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I can’t find a better way to celebrate 4th of July with my child than reading Captain Mama’s Suprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá!
I first heard of Good Night Captain Mamá/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá a few years ago when I won a giveaway from Mommy Maestra. Since then this book has been a favorite in our home. So you can imagine my excitement to have yet another quality bilingual children’s book featuring a minority Latina mamá with her children.
We love how this book introduces children to the life of a military Latina mamá, a role often not associated with minorities especially not woman. Graciela Tiscareno-Sato is a trailblazer when it comes to becoming a voice for Latina minorities in the military.
The story is about Captain Mama’s Suprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá.
Marco’s excitement is evident when he, his teacher, and classmates step out of the bus. He’s excited to show his classmates where his mama works.
“Welcome to the KC-135 Aerial Refueling Tanker,” says my Captain Mama with a big smile. “Marco and I have been looking forward to bringing you out to the plane!” she says ruffling my hair.
That’s an excerpt of the book, and well…… the surprise, you’ll have to read the book with your children to see how it ends!
This bilingual children’s book is a perfect addition for any family or home library. The best part of this book that it’s bilingual! English and Spanish. So your child could either read it in either languages.
Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This activity has been reprinted with permission from the publisher from book 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS for purposes of this post.
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Instructions on how-to make the continent fortune teller:
Focus Skill: identifying the seven continents
Square piece of paper
Map or globe
Directions to Make
1. Fold the square paper in half at both diagonals. Crease and unfold. Fold the square again at each middle. Unfold.
2. Bring each corner evenly to the middle of the square.
3. Flip the square over and fold the corners evenly into the middle of the square again.
4. Fold in half and flip over.
5. Place your fingers into the slits and open.
6. Open each triangle and write one of the following on each half: Find North America, Find South America, Point to Australia, Point to Europe, Find Asia, Find Africa, Point to Antarctica, Point and Name an Ocean.
7. To complete the fortune-teller, write numbers 1 to 8 on the inside triangles.
Directions to Play
1. Player one places their fingers in the fortune-teller and opens to show four numbers.
2. Player two picks one of the four numbers and player one moves the fortune-teller back and forth that many times.
3. Player two picks another number. Player one then opens the fortune-teller to read their task.
4. Player two completes the task using the map or globe.
5. The game repeats with player two holding the fortune-teller.
– Write famous landforms, major cities or important landmarks on the inside triangles.
– Use this game to practice math facts. Write a number sentence on each triangle for kids to solve before moving back and forth.
– Write sight words on each triangle. Move the fortuneteller the number of letters in the word. Write a sentence using that word on the inside for them to read out loud.
Today, I’m sharing with you a review of Felisa y el Magico Coqui (Spanish Edition) by Elizabeth Wahn, and illustrator Cristina Fabris.
Felisa Rincón de Gautier, First Female Mayor of San Juan. Rincón de Gautier was a firm believer in the women’s right to vote and was an active participant in the suffragist movement, motivating many women to register. When the law allowing women to vote was passed, Rincón de Gautier was the 5th woman to officially register. A pioneer, and women’s right activist served for 22 years as the mayor. This beautiful mural can be found alongside the street overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on your way to Old San Juan.
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This is an easy to read book for Spanish language learners. In this same book the author has a section on who was Martin Luther King, Jr., his life, and his legacy.
|Source: Chasqui, condor, Taino, and palafito.|
A special thanks to my sister Diana she actually sent me this book along with many other books in Spanish. She works for a school district, and this book along with many more were placed in an area for people to take home with them. If no one wanted them they’d be thrown away. Can you imagine such a thing!? Anyways, I’m happy that the books that we received will be a part of our home library, and that periodically I will be reviewing for your benefit.
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|The illustration on the left of this book of the girls in their uniforms is exactly the same uniform we used when I was going to school.|