Category: Spanish / Bilingual Children’s book

How the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie Makes Spanish Cool

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My child is a huge fan of the book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He’s read all of the books, and seen the movies.  So when he saw the preview of the new movie release “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” he was counting down the days.   With three friends of his in tow we headed to the movies.  We weren’t disappointed! Lots of laughs to be had, especially for the adults, too!

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Queen Girls Collection Children’s Book

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Now more than ever our little girls need to see themselves depicted in strong powerful women that can be found in children’s books.  Books that they can open to read, and see themselves as the queens they are bound to become into one day.  

The Queen Girls project and kickstarter campaign is precisely working on a project to publish their first book!  Their mission?  Is to inspire girls to follow their dreams and envision them as possible. This is the reason why the Queen Girl’s fairy tales are based on stories of real women stories.

It’s no wonder within just a few days of kicking off the campaign they have successfully reached their goal! 


Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of the book “Bessie, Queen of the Sky!” for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

The book Bessie, Queen of the Sky! Starts with a young Bessie dreaming that one day she can fly. Although, she was being told that she was to learn how to cook, clean and become a mom she continued to dream. As she got older, her dreams of flying never went away; and she faced many obstacles especially when she wasn’t allowed to go to pilot school because it was only for boys! Nevertheless, she found another school that would allow girls but she had to learn French! She did and was admitted to pilot school. She continued to face many other obstacles especially the rejection of boys in school. She worked very hard, and she finally became a pilot at the age of 30! She was in fact the first Black woman to become a pilot. 
The illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful, and you’re instantly drawn into the story.  It’s as if you and your child were right there with Bessie.  
I love, love this book, and it’s also a great book to share with little boys, too! So they too, can see the great things that  girls can accomplish! 
Who’s behind The Queen Girls Project?  
I was thrilled to hear about this amazing project spearheaded by three amazing women! This multicultural team is formed by Jimena Durán (Spain), Andrea Doshi (USA) and Chiara Fabbri (Italy). They bring their diverse experiences to this initiative along with tons of love and dedication. Their intention is to open this collection to fellow authors and illustrators that could potentially bring their own Queens on board.   You can read the full press release here
When Andrea reached out to me I was instantly hooked! She had me at both empowering young girls and that the books will be available in Spanish, too!
What books can you expect in the Queen Girls Collection series? 
  • “Bessie, Queen of the Sky!” Inspired by the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold a pilot’s license in the world – When Bessie was growing up, no one could have imagined that a girl from a humble family would get out of the cotton fields and become a pilot. But with the help of her best friend Bloony, Bessie uses her courage and determination to make her dream come true! 
  • “Isadora, the Rebel Queen!” Inspired by the story of Isadora Duncan, a ballerina who danced away from rigid ballet technique towards what she perceived as natural movement. Influenced by the sea, she started dancing like no one ever did before, imitating the waves of the sea with her arms and feet – She defied conventionalist minds by creating what today we refer to as Modern Dance or “Barefoot Style.”
  • “Savi, Queen of Education!” Inspired by the story of Savitribhai Phule, a woman poet, an educationalist and a social reformer, Savi was one of the earliest crusaders of education for girls in India. She defied all odds to become the first female teacher at the first women’s school founded by her and her family. 
The books are available in English & Spanish. The recommended age  is from 4 to 7 years old.  

If you’re interested in becoming a part of this amazing project please pledge to make it happen here!

12 Days of Latino Children’s Christmas Books and Activities

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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

 

 

Day Three:  Mexico

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

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

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.
Day Ten:

  • Book:   The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
  • Activity: Have the kids dressed as Mary, and Joseph and  re-enact las posadas.
Day Eleven: Puerto Rico

Day Twelve: Mexico/USA

I truly hope you and your kids will enjoy yourselves during these 12 days of Latino kid’s books and activities.

¡Feliz Navidad 
son los mejores deseos 
de nuestra familia a la tuya! 

 

Carlos, Light the Farolito Book and Craft Activity

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Carlos, Light the Farolito by Jean Ciavonne is the perfect book to explain the beautiful tradition of Las Posadas.   

Publisher’s synopsis: On Christmas Eve, Carlos is dismayed to see the procession of neighbors and friends coming up the front walk. His parents and grandfather aren’t home yet-so it’s up to Carlos to take over Grandfather’s role as the Innkeeper. But he’s so frightened, he can hardly breathe, let alone sing! Carlos’s triumph over his shyness, and the joyful celebration that follows, make this a satisfying story for any season

I checked this book out at our local library, and instantly fell in love with it.  We also had a fun time making our own farolitos. 

You will need: 

  • glass jars 
  • flat marbles 
  • hot glue gun 
  • gold marker
  • craft wire 
  • pliers 
  • glitter glue 
  • battery-operated votive tea candles



This is a super easy farolito craft.  
Let your kids decorate the jars with the gold marker, and with the glitter glue.  My son drew flowers on his.  With adult supervision he hot glued the marble on his jar.  Once the glitter glue is dried (I let ours dry overnight) I attached the handle. 
For the handle,  wrap two equal size strips of wiring around the open end side of the jar.  I cut two pieces of the same size with the pliers, and wrapped them around the jar until I made a handle. See diagram below. Once finished just add the battery-operated votive tea candles, and voila! You have your very own farolito. 

Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

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Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island’s national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.

They are colorful,  and very majestic.  Hailing from Madagascar these exotic trees have adapted to it’s
natural environment on the island.
“El flamboyán” in Spanish is also a familiar Puerto Rican symbol. You will see it in many paintings, drawings, and calendars.
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Image Source Creative Commons

 

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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!

The Yellow Flamboyant tells the story of a young boy and his mother when they come across a beautiful flowering tree during a walk through the countryside. Hoping to have the same tree he decides to takes some seeds with him. The seed took years for the tree to bloom and when it did there was a big surprise!

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:
    • occurencia/occurrence
    • visión/vision
    • transplantar/transplant
    • carpintero/carpenter
    • especial/special
    • junio/June
    • momento/moment
    • creación/creation
    • clase/class
    • ciencia/science
    • gesto/gesture
    • eternidad/eternity
    • coral/coral
    • flamboyán/flamboyant
    • secreto/secret
    • sublime/sublime
    • idea/idea
  • 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.

This post was created for inclusion in All Done Monkey’s 31 Days of ABC’s .  Make sure you scroll to the bottom to read fun activities, crafts and more from each letter of the alphabet. Psst! There’s also a giveaway! Make sure you participate for a chance to win!

31 Days of ABC - October 2016 | Alldonemonkey.com

 

 After taking a break last year due to the arrival of Baby #3, we are back with one of my favorite series, the 31 Days of ABC! You can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet. I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their amazing ideas with us in the coming days. And this year for the first year we are also adding a giveaway, so be sure to scroll to the end and enter for a chance to win! So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October! Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!
 
 
31 Days of ABCTeaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Creating a Preschool Letter of the Week Curriculum

A – October 2

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Apple Scented Glitter Glue and Apple Craft

B – October 3

Witty Hoots: How to Make Fabulous Button Bookmarks

C – October 4

Preschool Powol Packets: Construction Truck Preschool Action Rhyme

D – October 5

ArtsyCraftsyMom: Printable Dinosaur Alphabet Sequencing Puzzle

E – October 6

Preschool Powol Packets: Elephant Art Project and Thailand Lesson

F – October 7

Spanglish Monkey: Spanish-English ABC Flashcards

G – October 8

Royal Baloo: Simple Ghost Painting Project

H – October 9

Peakle Pie

I – October 10

Look! We’re Learning!: Insect Activities for Kids

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: Olmec Jaguar Craft

K – October 12

Preschool Powol Packets: I Am a Kite Action Rhyme for Preschool

L – October 13

Raising a Trilingual Child

M – October 14

Creative World of Varya

N – October 15

Peakle Pie

O – October 16

For the Love of Spanish

P – October 17

Little Hiccups

Q – October 18

All Done Monkey

R – October 19

Sugar, Spice & Glitter

S – October 20

Crafty Mama in ME

T – October 21

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

U – October 22

Witty Hoots

V – October 23

Creative World of Varya

W – October 24

Creative World of Varya

X – October 25

All Done Monkey

Y – October 26

Our Daily Craft

Z – October 27

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

123’s – October 28

Hispanic Mama

Prewriting – October 29

Sugar Aunts

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

The Jenny Evolution

Alphabet Clip Cards – October 31

The Kindergarten Connection

Find more great resources in 31 Days of ABCs 2013 and 2014!

Paquito y Abuelito Read Around the World Summer Series

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Today’s recommendation for the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series! Today’s recommendation is sure to please children ages 6-11 yrs. old.

Be sure to periodically check the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series for a list of the participating blogs, and multicultural read recommendations. You can also check all the live posts on the Read Around the World Summer Series Pinterest board.

Frida y Diego Read Around the World Summer Series

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Today’s recommendation for the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series! Today’s recommendation is sure to please children ages 6-11 yrs. old. You can read my full review here.

Be sure to periodically check the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series for a list of the participating blogs, and multicultural read recommendations. You can also check all the live posts on the Read Around the World Summer Series Pinterest board.

Spanish Chapter Books for Kids

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My child is constantly challenging himself when it comes to reading. He’s above his reading level in English, and his newest reading obsession are chapter books. First it was Henry and Mudge, and now it’s the Magic Tree House series.
As a mother raising a bilingual and biliterate child I need to continue to peak his interest in venturing into reading Spanish chapter books.  He loves pictures books!

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Felisa y El Mágico Coquí Spanish Children’s Book

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Felisa Rincón de Gautier is the First Lady of the Americas.  She was the first female mayor of any capital city in the Americas when she was elected as the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico on 1946. She served her term for 22 years through 1968.

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Today, I’m sharing with you a review of Felisa y el Magico Coqui (Spanish Edition) by Elizabeth Wahn, and illustrator Cristina Fabris.

 

I was thrilled when I found a Spanish children’s book about Felisa.  It’s a sweet book that combines both facts from her real life with the illusion of a magical coquí that grants her three wishes.  One of her three wishes was to make a snowman in Puerto Rico, yes, snow! On a tropical island? Is that even possible? Her second wish was to be invited to the White House by the president of the U.S.A. and her last wish to have a heart of gold.
Felisa Rincón de Gautier was born on January 9, 1897 in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and she was the oldest of eight siblings. Her mother passed away when she was 11 yrs. old, and she was expected to stay home, and help raise her younger siblings.
Despite that she continued to dream, and was an excellent seamstress. After her siblings left the home it was time for her to go after her own dreams.   She went to New York to go to school, and returned to Puerto Rico and opened who very own business in San Juan.
Rincón de Gautier was a firm believer in the women’s right to vote and was an active participant in the movement to get as many women registered to vote. When the law allowing women to vote was passed, Rincón de Gautier was the 5th woman to officially register.
In the children’s book, the magical coquí reappears after she married Jenaro Gautier.  She and her husband were very active in civic duties in the community. In 1946, she ran for and was elected mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
During her leadership, and her years serving San Juan she created jobs, and designed innovative public services and established the first pre-school centers called “Las Escuelas Maternales”, which would eventually become the model for the Head Start programs in the United States.  She also created a a fund program to give poor children gifts during Christmas who would otherwise not receive any gifts.
She was eventually invited to the White House for her civic duties. During a convention she met the owner of Eastern Airlines. He insisted on giving her a gift, and she instead asked for a gift for the children of Puerto Rico.  She asked him to deliver snow to Puerto Rico! Yes, snow!  For three consecutive years the airline brought snow to Puerto Rico. Doña Fela wanted the children to have the unique experience of seeing snow.
The children’s book ends with Felisa thanking the coquí for granting all of her wishes.  This is such a beautiful book on one of the most impressive woman of Puerto Rico’s history.  She passed away at the age of 97 on September 16, 1994.   I highly recommend this book, and it’s a must have in any children’s home library.
If you’re ever visiting Puerto Rico, make sure to check out the Casa Museo Fundación Felisa Rincón de Gautier a museum dedicated to the grand woman, or on your way to Old San Juan you’ll see these beautiful murals below:

#felisarincondegautier #puertorico #artmural

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International Women's Day was this past March 8 and it was celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. March is also Women's History Month. . . Ths is an annual month that highlights the contributions of women in history and contemporary society. 🌹🌷 . . Sadly, not much is discussed in schools.  At least not in the U.S.A.. 😞 . . So as a momma of a boy it is my responsibility to educate my son on the contribution of these amazing women. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to review and use these two educational resources with my son. . . Let's face it….I don't have time to research or even create these packets: . . ✔Amazing Women in History ✔Women’s History Month Research Packet . . I printed and put them in two different binders for easy access and use. Easy and no-prep needed! . . . 🎉You can get these educational packets now on S*A*L*E! 🎉 Hop on over @multiculturalkidblogs and click on the link on their profile. Ad . . Featuring work by @openwidetheworld @thepiripirilexicon @mommymaestra

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This post is part of the Women’s History Month series hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs.  This year we are celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women around the world. Follow along all month plus link up your own posts below! Don’t miss our series from last year, and find even more posts on our Women’s History board on Pinterest:
Women's History Month Series on Multicultural Kid Blogs
March 7 Mama Smiles
March 10 Peakle Pie
March 11 MommyMaestra
March 17Living Ideas