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    Christmas shopping, looking for books for the grandkids that are bilingual, not easy to find!  

    Today I found this site, and thought some of you might be interested too!  Available on Amazon, Barns and Noble etc

    http://www.lillibros.com/




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    These books are fantastic. Created because of the lack of bilingual Spanish-English books out there. We have several and they are beautifully illustrated little treasures.

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    Here are a few more that are cheap enough to hand out year round. Sometimes a free book is better received than Bon Helado (sometimes......LOL)



    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/grande-peque%...BA8T0ZKXPJ0BHN

    https://www.amazon.com/grande-peque%...BA8T0ZKXPJ0BHN

    If you continue to search Amazon they have a couple dozen books at $5 and under. I pass them out year round.

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    what age level? our nieces are 4 and 2, would these books be suitable for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    what age level? our nieces are 4 and 2, would these books be suitable for them?


    Yes, as they are board books, not paper.  I bought one for our granddaughter who is 16 months old, and for grandson who is 7 and learning Spanish in school.  

    Every morning his mom drops him off at 7.30, he comes in and says “Buenos Dias!”.  Papa (Mr AE) asks him what he wants for breakfast, and he always answers “Dos huevos por favor”.  I drive him to school bus at 8.45, and he always says “Adios Papa!”.  He says he’s English because that’s his language, haha.  He thinks I’m Spanish and English.  Papa speaks English with an accent, so he’s just Spanish.  Gotta love the little ones...........




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    There is a new one to come out in the new year "Around the World with Cantinflas", and they've also done a mini biography on Selena and Celia Cruz. These are all on Amazon when you search Lil' Libros, but not showing up on their website. The Contando con Frida one takes inspiration from her life and art - one blue house/una casa azul, two paintbrushes/dos pinceles, etc. and the Emociones book is based on the Dia de los Muertes. The last two are available on the website.

    I love good illustrations in children's books and these are really quite unique. Nice hardcover board books with lots of pretty details- perfect for toddlers and older kids too. I had bought the Bebe Listo (Bright Baby) Numeros, Primeras Palabras, and Colores and they're also good, but the Lil Libros series are just such special little books.

    Children's bilingual or Spanish paperbacks (cheaper than hardcover) are a bit harder to find on Amazon. We do have a few, but are there any good places to buy children's books in the DR? Sister-in-law is a teacher and she says there is a decent place in SD.

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    We just received "Around the World with Cantinflas-Geography" and "Zapata- Colors". Both are beautiful books, highly recommended if you're teaching young children Spanish/English. They are the nicest Spanish-English bilingual books that I can find. Next on my list is La Llorona- Counting Down, which will bring us to 9 Lil Libros in our house. My favorites is still Counting with Frida, with Cuauhtemoc-Shapes coming in a close second.

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    I teach in both English and Spanish here. Sometimes I have children's literature books in English, sometimes, Spanish. What I do is read the book with the kids in one language, discuss it, then go to YouTube. Most books are available there in the other language. It is the actual book. You see the pages being turned as the book is read. Sometimes I think this method is even better than a bilingual book, as the children need to pay closer attention to the language and story to gain understanding in the weaker language.

    Good luck! Reading is fun!

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    That will work great, especially for older kids Lindsay, I'll look on youtube to see what I can find.

    It should also be mentioned that the books definitely have a Mexican angle. There is one that includes Evita and one on Celia Cruz, and the shapes book is more Aztec, but the rest are fairly focused on Mexican traditions/characters/culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auryn View Post
    That will work great, especially for older kids Lindsay, I'll look on youtube to see what I can find.

    It should also be mentioned that the books definitely have a Mexican angle. There is one that includes Evita and one on Celia Cruz, and the shapes book is more Aztec, but the rest are fairly focused on Mexican traditions/characters/culture.
    And some of the classic children's literature translated to Spanish has very bad translations - as though it has been translated by someone who does not speak the language.

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