One of the goals I have as a parent is to raise my daughter to be multilingual. Since my husband and I primarily speak English I know this is not going to be an easy task. While attending bilingual story and rhyme time at our local library I discovered the following series of books by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza.
These bright, colorful, and engaging books introduce basic words, simple sentences and important concepts to preschoolers. The concepts and language within the books become gradually more challenging in the later volumes.
Although there are many Spanish language books for children, this series has quickly become a key resource in my quest to raise a multilingual child for the following reasons.
Rounded corners allow for young children to access them independently and since they are board books they are less likely to get ripped or chewed up, allowing them to last several years.
Since they contain both English and Spanish it makes them a valuable resource for both native Spanish and English speakers. This series of books actually uses the Spanish language properly and the translations make sense, which is not always the case with other translated books. I also like that as I read these books to my daughter my Spanish is improving as well.
Award Winning Quality
Not only are these books well written/illustrated they often contain themes of love and self-esteem. This series has won three Latino Literacy Awards, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Award of Excellence at Chicago Book Clinic Book & Media Show, First Place in the International Latino Book Awards, and seven Writer’s Digest Certificate of Merit Awards.
Tools for Proper Pronunciation
At the back of each book there is a page of pronunciations (both English and Spanish) to help the reader learn how to correctly say each word, which is especially beneficial to parents that are not bilingual.
This Set includes:
The full series of bilingual board books from Gladys Rosa-Mendoza (25 board books). Each of which covers a different topic and become more complex the higher the volume number.
Once you’ve received your books… please comment on this post to let me know how much your kiddos love them.