When N started preschool a couple of years ago, I was more nervous than he was. He didn’t speak more than a handful of words in English, we had just brought his baby sister home a few weeks before, and he was still very much a baby in my eyes. To prepare, we spoke and read a lot of books about school, how fun it is, and what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much his daily routine mimicked the daily routine described in the books we were reading and really think that helped him feel confident in school from day 1.
We also have a tradition of buying a new book for the start of the school year (and for each holiday and special occasion…clearly I don’t have a problem buying books…), so maybe you’ll find a new book for your young Spanish speaker to start off the school year!
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We received La Primera Aventura del Ratoncito Perez by José Carlos Andrés and Betania Zacarias in our latest Sol Book Box and I cannot tell you how much I LOVED this book. Some of you may be familiar with the story of el Ratoncito Perez–I grew up with the tooth fairy, but I know many of you out there looked forward to losing a tooth so el Ratoncito Perez would leave a small gift in exchange. Whatever your household tradition, I think you’ll enjoy this book!
Here’s a great video of the ‘prequel’ to the Ratoncito Perez myth. My favorite part about the story is how cleverly the characters’ dialogue is written, which makes it easy to come up with new, silly voices. And the kids and I really enjoyed the illustrations, which you’ll also be able to preview here:
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N is just starting to get into the idea of chapter books, though most nights he won’t let us leave without finishing the whole book (sort of defeating the purpose…). In any case, I like the new, more challenging vocabulary and the opportunity for more complicated plots afforded by beginner chapter books. These could also be a fun idea for older people who are learning Spanish, but aren’t quite ready for adult vocabulary.
Before we get into the list, I recognize that these are all translations of popular Spanish series, so if you have any suggestions for original Spanish chapter books, please do share–we would love to read them!
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It finally arrived! We got our Sol Book Box in the mail as expected and the kids loved it. A whole package, just for them, that they could open, and then use everything inside. They were in heaven. The box included “En Botas De Astronauta,” which is a really sweet and imaginative book about a boy whose dreams come to life. But my favorite part about it is that it’s not a book I had heard of or even seen before on Amazon or in stores! So far, Sol Book Box is turning out to be a great addition to my book shopping addiction.
The box also included some great add-ons, like glow in the dark stars, astronaut ice cream, and a foam rocket blaster that N loved (especially when he realized he could aim the rockets anywhere he wanted, unlike the stomp rocket he got for his birthday last year). Can’t wait to see what arrives next month!
Guys, I think I’ve found the solution to a problem you may not have known you had.
A short while ago I started wondering, searching, asking, whether there were any quality Spanish book subscription services. Don’t get me wrong, I love scouring the depths of the internet and our local book stores (and forcing my mother to buy countless books in PR) for good finds, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do the work for you. So, if you love Spanish board or picture books (or know someone who does), but you don’t want to spend the (sometimes crazy long) time it may take to find quality books, I found what you’ve been looking for.
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