Moms tend to have very special relationships with their young kids. I love nurturing this relationship with my daughter and having books that celebrate our relationship. I know, what about dads? Well, they have their month too :) I'm sharing with you a list of books that celebrate moms that are perfect to encourage their bilingual journey. Some of these books we have, others are on our to buy list. Is your favorite one here?
8 Kid's Book sin English and Spanish that Celebrate Moms
1. Quiero a mi Mama Porque (I Love my Mommy Because Eng/Span ed)This was a favorite in our home when my daughter was younger. Now that she is reading we use it to build her vocabulary. I love the extensive vocabulary (38 words) to reference specific mom and baby animal in English and Spanish. I had no idea a racoon was a "mapache" and an otter a "nutria" so even my Spanish vocabulary has improved.
Concept: "This book begins with a heartwarming scene between a human parent and child, but moves on to loving care in many animal families. "She listens when I talk," says a mewing kitten. "She tucks me in," says a joey kangaroo. Children will love reading about how baby animals spend time with their moms, and mamas everywhere will love celebrating Mother's Day—or any ocassion!—with this adorable gift from their little ones."
2. I Will Love You Forever / Te amaré por siempre (Bilingual) (Spanish and English Edition)
This is such an endearing book told from the heart and perfect to start building that mom and child relationship. It's a must to start building your home library.
My daughter liked seeing the transition from baby to toddler when she was younger.
Concept: "With charming illustrations and poignant rhyming text, this tender story is a heartwarming reminder of the never ending love between a parent and child. A sweet message to share with little ones to let them know that whoever they become and wherever they go, they are cherished."
3. I'm Just Like My Mom / Me parezco tanto a mi mama (Spanish Edition)
I love this book because it's quite unique. On the one side its a book that focuses on the relationship with mom and on the flip side it focuses on the relationship with dad. It was written by journalist, Jorge Ramos, in his only children's book. I was able to meet him and have him sign this book for my daughter, which made it extra special for her.
Concept: "With Akemi Gutiérrez's charming illustrations, renowned journalist Jorge Ramos explores the many ways in which all children are just like their parents—in two languages!"
4. Tortillitas para Mamá and Other Nursery Rhymes (Bilingual Edition in Spanish and English)
I love Tortllitas para Mama because the visuals remind me of my trips to see my tias in the pueblos. Some of the nursery rhymes are not familiar to me, but my daughter likes listening to them as the rhyming makes it more fun for her.
Concept: "Young children will treasure this collection of Latin-American nursery rhymes. Preserved through oral tradition, these rhymes have been passed on from generation to generation. They have been lovingly gathered and translated for this book and many are accompanied by instructions for finger play. Illuminated by the beautiful paintings of Barbara Cooney, they are now available for a whole new audience to enjoy."
5. Are You My Mother?/¿Eres tú mi mamá? (Bilingual Edition) (The Cat in the Hat Beginner Books / Yo Puedo Leerlo Solo) (Spanish Edition)
Are you my mother is a cute story about a bird looking for it's mother. This book was gifted to me and I thought it was a cute gift. I enjoy reading it so Victoria, my daughter can practice her Spanish. I probably would not have bought it on my own but can appreciate it, I mean, we still have it after 5 years.
This oversized bilingual edition of the classic Are You My Mother?is perfect to share with young readers any day of the year!
Now available in a larger size trim to accommodate the English and Spanish text, this bilingual edition of P. D. Eastman’s beloved Beginner Book Are You My Mother? is perfect for Spanish speakers and English speakers to enjoy in two languages! Newly translated by Teresa Mlawer—one of the most respected figures in Hispanic publishing—this classic beginning reader about a baby bird in search of his mother is ideal for baby showers, Mother’s Day, and happy occasions of all kinds!
6. Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers (English and Spanish Edition)
I can't wait to add this one to our library as this is for the older child. I love that there is something for the older child as most mom books are for kids to about preschool age. This not only pays tributes to moms but to the gives voice to different Latino authors from all over Latin-America.
Concept: "Pat Mora edited and contributed to this beautiful and celebratory collection, in which thirteen poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children. These poets represent a wide spectrum of Latino voices, from award-winning authors to a 15-year-old new talent. They write passionately about their Puerto Rican, Cuban, Venezuelan, and Mexican American backgrounds and the undeniable influence of their mothers and grandmothers. Illustrated with exuberance by Ecuadorian artist Paula S. Barragán M., Love to Mamá is sure to be embraced and treasured by everyone who wants to recognize mothers as one of our universal role models."
7. Te Amo, Bebe, Little One
Te Amo Bebe Little One has been one of my favorite books. So much so that it's falling apart. Even now at 6, my daughter loves the Spanglish rhyming and it helps her read easier. This is such a sweet book and my daughter can identify with the subtle Latino/Hispanic nature of the book.
Concept: "The sweet illustrations and rhythmic text of this mother-child love story follow a mother and child from the baby's birth to his first birthday, bringing the fiestas and mariachis resoundingly to life."
8. Un Sillon Para Mi Mama
I don't know much about this book but it's on my list to get. Having sold over a million copies it seams to resonate very well with readers. The premise of the book is different from most books so I think that adds to and allows for deeper conversations.
This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association.
"A tender knockout . . . it's rare to find much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book."—Kirkus Reviews
After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. A Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."—The Horn Book
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books)
There you have it. Let's continue reading to our kids . If the books happen to be about moms AND promoting language learning then you have a win win. What books are on your list?
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