Bebés who are read to aren't just learning words; they're merrily exploring with all their senses. The pages transform into a tactile wonderland, the turning sound becomes a tiny holiday concert, and even the scent of the paper decides to join the festive fiesta – whether it's the aroma of a fresh new book or the comforting scent of a well-loved holiday tale.
At Sol Book Box, we love helping, much like Santa's elves in a bustling workshop. Here's a roundup of our favorite books sent out in 2023. Among them is a laugh-out-loud book about a furry, four-legged creature with an insatiable appetite for adventure, an enchanting hero of lost teeth, and a true story about crossing the border.
Biliteracy, the ability to read and write proficiently in two languages, is a skill that can open doors to countless opportunities for young readers. In this post, we explore just a few of the countless benefits that biliteracy in Spanish and English offers to young learners. Some might surprise you!
I am always on the lookout for high quality Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) books. As a parent, I've witnessed the transformative power of SEL books in my child's life. Well written SEL books help children to develop emotional intelligence and important life skills. Today we'll take a learning adventure through one such libro.
The importance of bedtime reading goes beyond the story itself; it's about building strong emotional connections, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of books, and exposing them to all sorts of new Spanish vocabulary and syntax. So, snuggle up, grab your favorite story, and let the adventure begin.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. Here are a few ideas (and books) on how to acknowledge the significant contributions Hispanic and Latinx people have made to the nation's history, arts, sciences, and more.
The wonderful world of gardening has been a learning and joyous experience for our family where muddy hands, giggles, and blossoming curiosity reign. Not only has gardening fostered a love for nature and sustainable practices, but it's also been an ideal playground for bilingual learning.
The future of our planet and our palates depends on bees. They are the ultimate party starters, making sure our crops thrive and our ecosystems flourish. Let's embrace our inner bee lovers and work together to create a world where bees can thrive, pollinating our planet and filling it with life's sweetest moments.
Today we deep-dive into Buscar by Olga de Dios. This colorful and captivating book is perfect for teaching basic conversational Spanish phrases, descriptive vocabulary, counting principles, & literary techniques to young children.
The beauty of Spanish is that no matter where you’re from, be it Spain, the mother country of the Spanish language, Argentina, the land of the asado and tango, or la isla of Cuba, home of the Cuban cafecito and Celia Cruz, we can all communicate with each other. Let's take a look at just how that is.
The best way to learn a language, hands-down, is to have fun doing it! If you want to raise a Spanish speaker in a bilingual or second-language household, then you’ll want to find activities that make it exciting for your child. These tips are designed to help you make Spanish a memorable experience.
Spanish is for everyone, everywhere. This beautiful language may be America's most studied foreign dialect, but it is far from being just another school subject. By taking Spanish out of the classroom and into your home, you can help your child develop a love for learning that’s rooted in fun.
Although they might seem happy-go-lucky most of the time, small kids experience stress and anxiety just like us adults. Books are a fantastic way to not only provide some relief, but also introduce kids to new ideas and skills that could help them in the future. In this post we discuss some of our favorite tips for nurturing your child’s mental health through literature.
Author Susanna Isern is known for creating books that use humorous situations to help parents and kids talk about things that can sometimes be challenging (like keeping your room clean!). We love Esto no es Una Selva, with its expressive characters and cheerful animal illustrations courtesy of Rocio Bonilla. We hope you do, too!
Immersion programs are a fantastic way to help children become fluent quickly. We’ve come up with some of our favorite tips for supporting a language immersion student at home—even if you don’t speak the language yourself! And while we focus on helping kids learning Spanish at home, these suggestions apply to children learning any language beyond their first.
We all want to help our children grow, and one of the best ways to nurture their innate curiosity and imagination is through reading books. Let’s make 2023 the year your child falls in love with reading. These strategies will help your little one build literacy skills that lead to a lifelong habit.
Hola, friends! Today we're looking back at some of the very best Spanish & bilingual children's books we boxed from October to December (and teasing out a bit of what's to come). Are you resolving to encourage more español in your house this year? If you're not subscribed yet, there's never been a better time!
How do you fold a taco? It turns out that there are more ways than you may think! Lucky for us, the bilingual book shows us all of them (from the realistic to the ridiculous). Wrestlers, dragons, magicians, dinosaurs and other unexpected surprises show up in this colorful taco-folding primer.
With many families tightening their budgets in 2023, it can be a challenge to deliver a constant diet of new books to your pequeño lector. In this guide, we’ll explore several tips for making your child’s personal library a timeless collection they’re eager to experience over and over again.
Written based on the author's abuela’s experience living through Hurricane María in Puerto Rico in 2017. 2022 brought another devastating hurricane, Hurricane Fiona, to the island. We are endlessly inspired by our Boricua friends’ resilience and hope as they rebuild, and this book is a beautiful tribute to that.
Even if you aren’t fluent in more than one language, you can raise bilingual children. On your journey, here are some common mistakes to be aware of. If you spot any of these in your household, don’t panic. They’re easy to correct, and knowing about them will help you make your child’s learning experience better in the future!
When you’re a child, every day feels like an adventure. And books teach children just how incredible the world is. Using authentic Spanish books can take your child on a journey to faraway lands, filled with memorable characters, exciting stories, and vibrant Latin American culture.
As most any parent raising a reader can attest, there’s something extra special about that book right before bed. A time for snuggling up, winding down, bonding, sharing, and leaving the worries of the day behind. Let’s dive into some of our favorite Spanish children's books for an excepcional bedtime read.
Parents ready to add some Spanish into their child's existing reading routine may wonder how to best start out: immerse them right away with authentic Spanish children's books, or wade into the language a little more slowly with Spanish-English bilingual children's books. Here we'll take a closer look at each option so you can find the right mix for your reader.
Reading out loud helps babies and early readers connect with text, and become a skilled bilingual listener. Spanish board books are a great way to make your read-aloud more educational and engaging. The exciting sounds of a new language can captivate small children, especially if you use these reading tips!
Teaching your child a second language is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Early learners are more adaptive than adults, so starting early can lead to native-level fluency by the time they’re 10. And reading is one of the strongest ways to build new language skills in both of their languages at once.
Have you heard about "porch pirates"? Apparently that's what we're now calling folks that steal packages off your porch during the holidays! :-( It's a kinda cute name for a pretty terrible thing...but it also got us thinking about how many great pirate-themed books we've read over the last year. A new list was born!
Something about these colder, darker months just has us spending more time in the kitchen, I suppose. And while we definitely love eating in our family, there’s also something so delightful about READING food-centric books! So I’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Spanish children’s books about food, because there’s nothing like enjoying beautiful and colorful illustrations of yummy things to eat.
For someone with an extremely low tolerance for scary or creepy things (*raises hand*), Halloween children’s books are the perfect way to be festive but not, like, TOO festive. This roundup of Halloween books in Spanish is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit (even if you’re a Halloween grinch like me!).
Here in the U.S. we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month every year from September 15th to October 15th, and for our Mexican/Ecuadorian/American family it’s a chance to be super intentional about how we are celebrating latinidad with our kids. But you don’t have to be Hispanic or Latinx/e to appreciate the incredible contributions of Latin@s!
Dialogic reading is all about sharing a conversation with your child about the text you’re reading aloud. It helps children build their vocabularies and develop what experts call “verbal fluency” — the ability to speak clearly and retrieve words and other information from memory at will.
Remember when you were little and how certain children’s books transported you to a whole new world and made your imagination run wild? What an incredible feeling! Giving that feeling to a child of your own is a true gift. But you need the right books! Here's what we look for.
Picture this scenario: you invite your child to sit with you in the coziest chair in your house. You open up what you consider to be a fantastic children’s book and enthusiastically begin to read it aloud. Your child sits with you for a minute or two, but then gets up and walks into another room.
If you are a parent fluent in two languages, you have the uniquely wonderful opportunity to positively influence your child’s life by sharing the gift of bilingualism! Check out these tips designed to help you raise an enthusiastic reader.
So much magic and joy can ensue when siblings share their love of books with one another, even if they are in different developmental stages and, therefore, at different reading levels. Besides, it is heartwarming for parents to witness their children bonding—especially over a stack of excellent children’s books.
Not all books (or boxes!) are created equal. To aid in your vetting process, here are the four key questions we at Sol Book Box asked ourselves when building our collection of Spanish & bilingual book boxes. Keep them in mind when shopping for your own familia!
Developing strong reading skills early on is essential for healthy childhood development – yet, if your niño is less than enthralled by their available reading library, many of the benefits may be lost on them. In this post, we’ll discuss some different methods for finding and choosing the right books for your child.
According to research, babies learn almost 78,000 words per year when their parents read books to them. Dig in to explore the benefits of reading to your babies from an early age so they can grow up to have strong language skills.
I really appreciate Earth Day as a chance to inventory how I’m taking care of the planet, and what changes I can make to improve. And of course, one of the biggest ways I can take care of the Earth is to teach the little people in my family to be good stewards of our planet. And what better way than through some great libros?
If you want to give your niños the best possible start in life, it's never too early to acquaint them with the art and joy of reading! After all, learning how to read is the gateway to being able to analyze, reason, and articulate ideas—skills that assist us in every aspect of life.
There are significantly more options now for kids to learn a second language that they weren’t born into. In fact, as a parent, you don’t need to be fluent in another language to create an active and engaging learning environment for your child as they work toward becoming bilingual.