Category: Spanish / Bilingual Children’s book

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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Children’s Book about Puerto Rico

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When my child was born 8 years ago, I had a goal in mind: to find as many children’s book about Puerto Rico so I can share with him.  Little by little, I started  building up my child’s home library. Some of the books listed here we own, others are on my wish list.    On the books that we do own, you’ll see an additional post on how we used it such as an activity or craft or a review on the book.
Since there are so many books on this list,  I broke them down into ten sections with a header so you can learn about Puerto Rico through these books: Notable Figures, Taínos, Flora and Fauna, Popular Culture, Christmas, Folk Tales, Geography, Picture Books, Chapter Books,  and Fiction. 

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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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Spanish Children’s Book

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I seriously squeal at the sight of Spanish children’s book! I was excited when I received this book from my sister in New York. Celebra El Dia De Mlk Jr. Con La Clase De La Sra. Park / Celebrate Mlk Jr’s Day With Mrs. Park’s Class (Cuentos Para Celebrar) (Spanish Edition) (affiliate link)
It’s from Alma Flor Ada’s Celebrate Series. In this book the student’s discuss his famous phrase, “I have a dream…” and how Dr. King wanted equality for all. After a visit to the garden Mrs. Parks students come up with an original idea on how celebrate it.

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.  

This is a another great book for children to read in Spanish, and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Looking for ways to remember Martin Luther King, Jr.?   Read my post on Multicultural Kid Blogs, and check out their series too.  

Verde Navidad {Green Christmas} Children’s Book

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Finding children’s book about the lovely tradition of El Día de Reyes, and holiday celebrations in Puerto Rico has been difficult. 
However, I was so lucky to find this children’s book Verde Navidad / Green Christmas by authors Mrinali Alvarez Astacio and Juan Alvarez-O’Neill.  
This is a story of Juanito, Victoria, Adelita and Abuela who comes to visit from “el campo” (in Puerto Rico it is referred to be living out in the country) who are excited to celebrate Three Kings Day! Traditionally on the eve of Epiphany children leave grass for the camels (or in this case the horses) and the kings leave treat behind. However, living in the city this has become quite a challenge until their father tells them to get creative.
This book is great for parents wanting to instill the tradition of the Three Kings in their children even if they are not living in “el campo.” Or for parents raising bicultural children as in my case. I want my child to feel just as excited for the Three Kings as he does with Santa; even if we don’t have green grass because of the cold winters all we have to do is get creative. 🙂

Are you looking for ideas on how to celebrate Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) with your kids? 
Be sure to check my Three Kings Day Pinterest Board! 

Follow Frances @ DTWTMSE’s board Three Kings Day {Día de Reyes} on Pinterest.

Frida y Diego en el Pais de las Calaveras Children’s Book

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Some time ago, I saw a picture that someone posted on Facebook with a bunch of books. Among the stack of book there was one that caught my attention: Diego y Frida Te Invitan a Jugar en Su Casa. Ah! A children’s book with Diego and Frida as kids!  I searched high, and low for this book on-line but with no luck.
However, I did come across Frida y Diego en el País de las Calaveras. (Affiliate link)   I was thrilled when I received this book, and excited to share it with our son.

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