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12 Books To Add Your Child’s Reading List For Bilingual Child Month

This month, alongside celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness, FIERCE has also been taking part in Bilingual Child Month. The holiday, which exists to highlight bilingual childhood education, encourages parents to embrace the multicultural world we live in. The month reminds us that we don’t all have to speak Spanish to be Latinx or English to be American, but life can be a whole lot easier for us when we do. That’s why, in addition to exploring the different way parents are encouraging their kids to be multi and bilingual, we’re also taking a deep dive into the books that can encourage our kids to be fluent in English and Spanish.

Whether you’re an auntie, new mom, or mom-to-be, you probably have a few little ones in your life. It might be your neighbor’s kids that you occasionally play with or your college bestie’s new baby. It might be your growing bundle of joy or your cousin’s quickly growing 5-year-old. No matter what smiling tiny face is in your life, though, you probably occasionally find yourself with the need to buy them a gift or two. And that’s where this list comes in! The best part about these books is that you can help those children in your life learn español while keeping up with their English, too. Since its educational but also fun, the kids are likely to love it as much as their parents will.

Check them out below!

1. Counting With – Contando Con Frida by Patty Rodriguez

The Lil’ Libros library is stacked with plenty of great books, but this one is by far one of my favorites. You can teach your kids or nieces how to count from 1 to 10, in both English and Spanish, with images like “una casa azul” and “cinco retratos.”

2. Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown

If the little kids in your life ever feel like they’re mismatched (because of their mixed heritage, perhaps?), then they might just relate to Marisol McDonald. This story of diversity is really special as you read about this Peruvian-Scottish girl.

3. Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Rosalba’s abuela only speaks Spanish, but that’s okay. When they are home alone together, they imagine flying over New York City and going on adventures together — as abuela teachers her phrases in español.

4. El Perro con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale by Derek Taylor Kent

You can instill a love of animals early in your kids, or your friend’s kids, with this adorable book. You can learn all about Pepe as he navigates the world in his sombrero, though he does have to watch out for the jealous Gato…

5. The Life of /La Vida De Selena by Patty Rodriguez

If you love Selena (and who doesn’t?!), then you will absolutely ADORE this bilingual book. Unlike the Frida book from Lil’ Libros, this one is part of their bilingual biography series and can teach the kids in your life all about La Reina.

6. Sweet Dreams/Dulces Sueños by Pat Mora

Although there’s a bilingual version of the popular children’s book Goodnight, Moon, THIS is the book you’ll want to get. Tuck that adorable kid into bed with this book and they (and you) will have pleasant dreams all night long.

7. La Princessa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya

This tale is an adorable (and bilingual) recreation of this beloved fairy tale and, just like the original version, it is absolutely incredible. You’ll surely love reading this Peruvian twist about el príncipe y la princesa.

8. Zapata: Colors – Colores by Patty Rodriguez

This Lil’ Libros book is simple and beautiful and will help teach your kids all about different colors as they read about the “caballo blanco” and brown somprero. What more could you possibly want?

9. Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez

Another book that reimagines a classic with a Latin twist, this book is a Peruvian-inspired tale of Maria and her llama told in both English and Spanish. These two adorable characters will surely steal your heart.

10. Perro Grande… Perro Pequeño / Big Dog… Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

At first glance, this book might seem like your typical tale told in both Spanish and English but underneath it all there’s a story about diversity and inclusivity that those little niños in your life will definitely learn from.

11. Besos For Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena

This one is probably the first book you should get since it’s pretty high up on almost everyone’s list of favorite bilingual books. And who doesn’t love a book that’s all about besitos?

12. La Catrina: Emotions – Emociones by Patty Rodriguez

Using this very popular image from traditional Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, this Lil’ Libros book is here to teach kids about emotional expressions. It’s a really important read and one that everyone should own.


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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

Fans of magical realism rejoice. On Wednesday, Netflix announced it acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and will be turning the literary masterpiece into a Spanish-language series.

This is the first time the 1967 novel, considered “one of the most significant works of the 20th Century,” will be adapted for screen. For years, the author, who died in 2014, refused to sell the film rights, believing the story could not be done justice through a two-hour project, according to Deadline.

Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, García Márquez’s sons, who are serving as executive producers on the show, believe a series is an appropriate approach to the book.

“For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad. He believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia told BuzzFeed News, adding that the “current golden age of series,” with “the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content,” changed the family’s mind.

“The time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he continued.

The series will be filmed in Colombia.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” tells the story of the multi-generational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in the South American country.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages.

In a statement, Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s vice president of Spanish-language content, said, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

He’s right. Since announcing the adaptation, fans of the magical realism novel have been celebrating the news.

There’s no word yet on when the series will debut and who will star in it.

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Latina Reads: ‘Pride’ Is The Afro-Latinx YA Novel You Wish You Read As A Teen

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Latina Reads: ‘Pride’ Is The Afro-Latinx YA Novel You Wish You Read As A Teen

It’s no secret that Latinx representation is severely missing in media, especially for Afro-Latinos. Although the numbers are slowly getting better on television, movies and in music, the literary space is still lagging behind. But all of that is slowly changing in particular thanks to critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi, whose first novel, American Street, told the tale of young Haitian immigrant Fabiola Toussaint navigating the dangerous streets of Detroit on her own after her mother is detained by U.S. immigration.

Now, Zoboi brings us a timely update on the classic novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin — but this time told through the perspectives of Zuri Benitez (a.k.a. Elizabeth Bennet) and Darius Darcy (a.k.a. Mr. Darcy).

Zoboi’s latest masterpiece is titled Pride.

In Pride, we first meet Zuri, an Afro-Latina teen who has plenty of pride. She has pride in her roots, pride in her family and, most of all, pride in Brooklyn. But when the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri isn’t sure that her pride is enough to change the gentrification that is quickly happening in her beloved neighborhood. Even worse, her older sister Janae starts to fall for charming Ainsley at the same time as Zuri is thrown together with the arrogant Darius, who she can’t stand and wants nothing to do with.

It’s an unexpected joy to be drawn into the world of Pride, where so many changes are happening all at once. As Bushwick changes and families that used to live there for ages are priced out and Zuri begins to fight to keep her home, we readers are drawn into her battle quickly.

She is just the kind of Latina that we rarely read about before: She is smart, quick-witted and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She is passionate, cares deeply about her family and is, in a sense, even a little fearless. But she’s also still a teenager, which is part of what makes this novel so irresistible.

Zuri has all the hope and fears that we all had as kids about to turn into adults.

She sees the world changing and she doesn’t know what she can do about it but she wants to do something. It’s that passion and drive which makes her both a captivating character and someone we can relate to.

And perhaps because Zuri is a teenager or because this is a remix of Pride and Prejudice, there is the predictable romantic chaos. Soon enough, Zuri finds herself being pulled in different directions by her growing attraction to Darius, who she still kind of hates, and the oh-so-cute Warren (a.k.a George Wickham), who Darius kind of hates.

One of the most surprising and enchanting things about the novel, however, is the way the characters speak. Zoboi doesn’t try to dumb down or change their language. She doesn’t try to make them sound high-brow or proper, which some reviewers had a problem with, but she does make them sound like exactly who they are: An Afro-Latino family growing up in today’s Brooklyn. Zuri is unapologetically herself and the way she speaks is beautiful, complicated and not even remotely make-belief.

One of the big wins of Pride is that Zuri and the other characters sound like themselves with no pretense and just the right amount of class and a dash of sass.

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Without revealing too much about how the novel ends (you’ll have to actually read all of Pride for that), it’s safe to say that Zoboi deserves all of the praise that she has received for her work. But what really matters in a book like this isn’t how she “skillfully balances cultural identity, class and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic” (from the book’s back cover), though these things are all great too, but rather what it represents and means for future generation of Latinx kids picking up this young adult novel at their library, local bookstore or online.

A book like this can mean so much to those of us who grew up without seeing ourselves in the pages of the books we were taught in school or the books we found at the library. It’s why today, even as adults, we still pick up YA novels with the hopes of seeing our younger selves in their pages. A book like Pride reminds us of that. It reminds us of what it’s like to be a teen and it reinforces the importance of seeing yourself in literature.

The Haitian author, who recently took down an “insulting review” of Pride that made us all wish we had her clap-back game, touched on something special in the story of Zuri the Afro-Latina in Brooklyn. Here’s hoping Zoboi continues to write her black and Latinx representative novels for a long, long time.

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