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Hispanic Awareness Month (also known as Hispanic Heritage Month) is an important time to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans and the culture, influence, and achievements of Hispanic citizens in American history.
Hispanic Americans have had such a large influence on the culture and history of America, so it's necessary to take the time to recognize the beauty of Hispanic heritage and the wonders of the Spanish language. While appreciating Hispanic heritage should be done year-round, using the time from September 15 to October 15 to honor Hispanic Americans and Hispanic culture is a great place to start.
For those parents looking to teach their little ones more about Hispanic culture and history, or want to build an appreciation for the Spanish language, here are some wonderful, amazing products to consider!
Spanish Nursery Rhymes - La Vaca Lola?
Written by Cali's Books
“Spanish Nursery Rhymes - La Vaca Lola?" is a children's sound book that entertains and educates young readers with famous Spanish nursery rhymes. All you have to do is press, listen, and sing along! It comes with six nursery rhymes in both Spanish and English.
Sammy Decides* Sammy decide
Written by Pat Alvarado
“Sammy Decides* Sammy decide" is a winner of the prestigious Mom's Choice Gold Award and includes critical thinking and reflective questions to guide young readers as they read about Sammy's complicated life. Sammy faces many obstacles and struggles when he and his mother move to another city after his father abandons them. Sammy adjusts well, but when he is attacked on his way home from school, he has to rethink his strategy for facing the danger that lurks around him and threatens his safety.
Feathers in the Wind* El talingo camaleón
Written by Al Sprague
For young readers looking for books in both English and Spanish, "Feathers in the Wind* El talingo camaleón" is a great bilingual book that all readers will enjoy. In this story, Jose is a city grackle who lives an easy, abundant life. However, chasing after table scraps and old dog food has become too routine, and Jose wants more from his bird's life than this. He heads into the wind on search of new adventures!
Spanish for Kids: La Música (The Music)
Created by Whistlefritz
“Spanish for Kids: La Música" takes listeners on a Spanish sing-along adventure around the world. Maria and her friends embark on a fun-filled journey from Spain to Latin America, singing, dancing, and learning Spanish along the way. Featuring lively Latin music, vibrant backgrounds, and a cool cast of characters, Whistlefritz's award-winning series of language-learning videos go beyond single words and immerse children in vocabulary-rich, context-driven learning learning experiences!
A great learning resource, Feppy Box is an amazing language-learning subscription box that will make you laugh, learn, and live in two languages! Each monthly Feppy Box includes an original story, music, and play-based learning activities that all kids will love. Each box is designed by language immersion experts to allow your kids to play and learn English and Spanish naturally. Ditch the flashcards and curricula, and just be Feppy.
Carnaval - Spanish Learning Songs
Created by Whistlefritz
“Carnaval Spanish Learning Songs" is a musical celebration with a festive selection of Spanish children's songs from Whistlefritz. With so many fun, festive, and educational songs to listen to, your little ones will have a great time singing, dancing, and learning Spanish along the way. This collection of songs also includes lyrics, translations, and vocabulary guides for easy reference materials. So have fun and join the Carnaval!
Mi Abuela is Sick
Written by Jennifer Bisignano
"Mi Abuela is Sick" is a story told from the perspective of an eight-year-old girl whose grandmother is very sick. When the book starts, she remembers beautiful memories of her abuela, but as it continues the events start to change. The young girl tries to find answers about what is happening to her grandmother as she is emotionally affected by her abuela's sickness. This story was inspired by a woman battling cancer and her young granddaughter who couldn't understand what was happening to her abuela.
Leah Ann adopta un perico
Written by Connie Reza
“Leah Ann adopta un perico" is an authentic Spanish language book that tells the story of a young girl named Leah Ann and her experiences when she decides to adopt a pet. This story has original music that would appeal to the culture of Hispanic children while also reinforcing teaching techniques that have been developed through recent research.
Written by Yolanda Borrás
A wonderful, award-winning Spanish illustrated songbook that is based on a classic Spanish children's song. This book includes activity sheets for coloring, singing, counting, playing, and reading. This book invites young listeners to fly with the birds, swim with the fishes, and join in other fun movement and music activities completely in Spanish! The song's melody with lyrics has been notated, and there's a free English translation and song download available online.
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Thank you for these great suggestions. I have been reading to my kids more in spanish and this is a lovely list that includes songs and activities as well. Thank you!