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.

Enjoy!

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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

¡Hola! {Book Review + Author Interview}

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Happy Friday, amig@s! The weekend is here, and for me that means more time to READ! If you’re like me, always looking for a good book to read (both for yourself and for your children), then you’ll love today’s post.

Author and former language teacher, Judy Martialay, sent me a copy of her children’s book ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish a few weeks ago, and the minute I got my hands on it, I knew I wanted to share it with you all.

Designed to introduce children between the ages of six and 11 to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, this book would make a great addition to your home library. Here’s what I love about it:

  1. Child-focused and friendly – Although it’s meant to teach children basic Spanish words, phrases, and cultural knowledge, it’s written in a way that you, the parent, could simply give it to your child to read on her own. There are colorful illustrations, craft ideas, and a fun story of cultural exploration and adventure (meet Pete the Pilot and Panchito!).
  2. Designed for the non-native speaker of Spanish – I can already think of several non-native Spanish-speaking family friends of mine who I’d love to pass this book on to, families that are eager to expose their children to introductory Spanish. I would feel totally comfortable giving this book to these parents (who don’t speak the language themselves) because it presents the language in a natural and non-threatening way. For example, the story about Pete the Pilot and Panchito is written in 90% English with one or two Spanish words sprinkled throughout each paragraph.
  3. Culturally sensitive – It’s clear that Judy took her time to research México, the culture highlighted in the book. There is a section entitled Rincón Cultural, in which she explains in clear, child-friendly language the type of Spanish used, typical food, customs, and celebrations.

And, of course, behind every book is an author. Judy graciously agreed to tell us a bit about her professional background, experience raising bilingual children, and why she believes every child should learn a second language.

Read on, amig@s, and be encouraged!

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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

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

On my bedside table (and, in my Feedly) – part 6

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And, everything that I have read is a part of me.

So, in that spirit, I periodically share with you what I’ve been reading, both books on my bedside table and links that pop up in my Feedly. While the heart and soul of this blog is bilingual parenting, there are other topics that interest me.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. And, you? Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading

On My Bedside Table (and, in my Feedly) – part 5

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The more I read, the more I want to read, and the more I realize how little time I have to do it.

So, I am constantly trying to wedge ratitos de lectura into my crazy mom schedule, during naps, while cooking, in between the transition from the post-dinner-coma to let’s-just-veg-out-in-front-of-the TV-until-nos-quedemos-dormidos.

Although much of what I read is either in Spanish (to increase and improve my own input) or about bilingual parenting (the focus of this blog), I do make time to read about some of my other interests: food, cooking, health, religion, and shoes, to name a few. (Yes, I just mentioned shoes and religion in the same sentence; and, mom if you’re reading this, a girl can never have too many shoes.)

Here are a few books on my bedside table, as well as a few articles that popped up recently in my Feedly. Happy reading! Continue reading