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10 Sweet Bilingual Board Books for Raising a Bilingual Child in the Early Years

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As we raise our bilingual children, I have started to make note of the books we read and the things we have done along the way to help teach them Spanish as naturally as possible. One of these has been reading to them from a very young age, the womb. We read books in Spanish, bilingual books, or books in Spanish. The following books are all very special with the goal of sharing sweet little stories to create a connection with the Spanish language. I hope you enjoy this list just as much as we have. As the kids grow, these will become little treasures that will remind you of those times when your kids were so very little and were just beginning to learn the language.

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  1. You are my I Love You – Tú eres mi yo te quiero Easily readable English and Spanish side-by-side text.
  2. Besos for Baby – A Little Book of Kisses: Uses simple Spanish words to teach the Spanish language through love. 
  3. La noche en que tu naciste – On The Night You Were Born: An account of the very special night the baby was born…
  4. I like it When…-Me gusta cuando: Great for teaching how to say I like this, I like that and using examples to explain why. 
  5. This Little Piggy – Este Cochinito: This is a classic nursery rhyme in both English and Spanish. 
  6. Pio – Peep!: A collection of traditional nursery rhymes. *Must* have, start reading nursery rhymes in Spanish from an early age to build literacy skills in Spanish. 
  7. Siempre te querré: An absolute favorite in Spanish. We LOVE this book, my children prefer it in Spanish. 
  8. I Love You Through and Through – Te quiero, yo te quiero
  9. Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo – I Love You, Hug You, Read to You: The three things the reader promises to do. 
  10. Huggy, Kissy – Abrazos y besitos:  So cute!!! Your child will love this one! 

What books do you like to read in Spanish with your younger ones?

Cuéntame, tell me in the comments below!

Fabi

 

 

 

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12 Board Books to Read in Spanish with your ToddlerA

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Board books are books made of sturdy materials for toddlers. These books are made to withstand throwing and handle the little hands that will hold them. 

I have such fond memories of reading board books to my children since they were babies and them growing up into toddlers still wanting me to read those same books to them. Books become tradition, become part of our family culture. Reading is as important as what we eat.   The vocabulary found in board books is simple: short sentences and expressive words. The pictures speak volumes.  

 

Reading board books will also help them learn language skills such as intonation, imitation, and comprehension skills. 

 

Here are some ideas on some things you could say in English and Spanish: 

  • What do you see here? Qué ves aquî?
  • This color is ______ . Este color es __________. 
  • Look here. Mira acá
  • What does he / she look like? Cómo se ve él o ella? 

 

Start raising children bilingually from the time they are babies. Read to them from a young age so they can start learning vocabulary  and build fluency in two or more languages.  

 There are so many books out there but these 12 have been my children’s favorite books to read when they were toddlers. Hope you enjoy them. 

 

12 Board Books you Have to Read with your Toddler in Spanish:

  1. Diez deditos de las manos y Diez deditos de los pies / Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes bilingual board book (Spanish and English Edition)

  2. ¿Dónde está el ombliguito? Un libro para levantar la tapita por Karen Katz (Spanish Edition)

  3. ¡Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo!/Love you, Hug You, Read to You! (Spanish Edition)

  4. El camioncito Azul (Little Blue Truck, Spanish Edition)

  5. First 100 Words Bilingual (Spanish Edition)

  6. Huggy Kissy/Abrazos y besitos (Leslie Patricelli board books) (Spanish Edition)

  7. A is for Airplane/A es para avion (Alphabet Books) (Multilingual Edition)

  8. I Love You Through and Through / Te quiero, yo te quiero: (Bilingual) (Spanish Edition)

  9. Clifford’s Bedtime / Clifford y la hora de dormir (Spanish Edition)

  10. Cliffords Bathtime / Clifford y la hora del baño: (Bilingual) (Spanish Edition)

  11. Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies

  12. Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish Edition)

 

*** Cuéntame – Chime in ***

What has been your son or daughter’s favorite Spanish board books? What would you add to the list?

 

Fabi

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