What we’re reading, November


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Happy early Thanksgiving (to my American readers)!

The crisp, cool weather is finally upon us and with the shorter days, I have found we’re spending lots of our indoor time reading. No complaints here!

Here are a few of our favorite reads lately, books for both children and parents.


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On my bedside table {current reads}


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Oh, wow, it’s been a while since I last blogged. Sorry for the radio silence, amigos. It’s been a rough two months with this pregnancy, but I’m feeling much, much better now, and I’m glad to be back again around the blog. The upside to spending a few weeks on quasi-bedrest is that I got to READ!

If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you might remember that one of the running series here is “on my bedside table:” books, articles, and other blog posts I’m reading and recommend. Continue reading

Verano with my “no-para-quieta” (Summer Update)

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“¡Es que no para quieta!”

Exclaims my suegro (father-in-law) every time we Facetime, laughing as he watches little Miss E. scoots around our two-bedroom apartment, mamá in tow with the iPhone. (Translation: “She just never stops!”)

And why should it come as a surprise that this mini-persona of 17 months never stops? It’s a good thing I’m a high-energy person, I always respond.

E.’s endless curiosity and constant energy, combined with my eagerness to vivir la vida en la calle, have the two of us out and about soaking up el verano.

Here’s a little snapshot of what we’ve been up to this summer: Continue reading

A conversation with co-founders of “Bab’l Books” (Family Fridays) + GIVEAWAY!

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As part of the weekly Family Fridays series here on the blog, I’m thrilled to introduce you a unique children’s publishing company, Bab’l Books. Today I talk with co-founders Jair Hernandez and Urvesh Shelat about what sets their company apart, why they’re passionate about putting well-translated children’s books into parents’ hands, and how families themselves can participate n the translation process (yes, you read that right!).

And, if an exciting interview weren’t cool enough, Jair and Urvesh have graciously agreed to giveaway five (5) e-books to five lucky winners…in the languages of your choice! Just click on the link at the end of the interview to enter.

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A conversation with bilingual children’s author Delia Berlin (Family Fridays)

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¡Feliz viernes, amig@s!

Welcome back for another edition of our Family Fridays series here on the blog. This series features multilingual families from all over the globe, as well as other important friends (authors, singers, just to name a few) in the greater community who help and encourage us parents along the way. You can check out past installments in this series by clicking on the category FAMILIES on the right.

Today, I’m honored to introduce you to bilingual mother, grandmother, and author, Delia Berlin. Originally from Argentina, Delia has made the United States her home for the past forty years. My conversation with her today includes her personal journey with bilingualism, the role language plays in her family’s life, and her work as author of several bilingual books for children.

Be encouraged, friends. ¡Buen fin de semana! Continue reading

My interview with bilingual children’s literature author, Elena Bertocco & GIVEAWAY!

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And…I’m back, amig@s!!

Although I normally blog on Tuesdays and Fridays, I was unable to write this past Friday due to an unexpected emergency with a dear friend from El Salvador (all is well now!). Thanks for sticking with me.

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Elena Bertocco, author of several bilingual Italian/English children’s books. In my conversation with her today she shares a bit about her journey from working in the fashion industry to writing stories about the Broccoli family. She also shares her own adventures in bilingual parenting with her husband and three children Down Under (Australia).

Lastly, she has graciously agreed to participate in a GIVEAWAY of one of her bilingual children’s E-books. So, be sure to participate by clicking on the Rafflecopter link BELOW! The giveaway runs from today until this Friday at 12am., and it’s open to ALL OF MY READERS, NEAR AND FAR!  Continue reading

Un Descanso (Taking a Break)

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Today I have decided to do something that has always been hard for me: I’m going to take a break. From blogging, for ten days.

Normally, Fridays here on the blog are devoted to a running series entitled Family Fridays. I love this series. It features a different multilingual family, their struggles, their joys, and their growth, in this adventure of raising children in more than one language. If you’re new to the blog, I encourage you to click on the link FAMILIES on the right of your screen to meet some pretty amazing people. (You can also catch a round-up of families from the first five and a half months here.) Continue reading