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Children's Books that Promote Higher Learning in English and Spanish

Children's Books that Promote Higher Learning in English and Spanish

As a first generation Latina college graduate who just recently finished paying off student debt, encouraging my daughter to dream big is at the top of my list.  Finding books that open her mind to what's possible in her life is definitely something that helps.  Reading consistently on a regular basis is also a part of my strategy, as reading has so many benefits.  As a Latina mom raising a bilingual and potentially multilingual child in a fast paced and shifting world, I know that college education and continuing education is the only way for growth.  I want to teach her that you are never too old to learn and that learning is something you do your entire life and not just in college.  Here are my....

Favorite Books in English and Spanish that Promote Higher Learning in Kids

Iggy Peck, Architect (The Questioneers) or Pedro Perfecto Arquitecto

I bought this book to encourage my daughter's love of building.  She can spend hours building houses, restaurants, or playgrounds with her Lego.  I wanted a book that talked about architecture in a juvenile way and I came across this gem.

 Iggy Peck Architect

Concept:

A hilarious, irreverent book about doing your own thing

Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon’s No, David and Rosemary Wells’s Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun.

 Pedro Perfecto Arquitecto

Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.

Iggy Peck Architect

Book Info:

Page Number: 32 pages

Type of Books: Hardcover

Language: Spanish

Reading Ages: 5 to 8 years old


Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers) or Ada Magnífica, Científica

I love that this book has a brown girl represented as a scientist.  Such a powerful message to little girls that are inspired to do great things.  While we don't have this one, it's part of The Questioneers collection, which is  agreat one to have.

Ada Scientist 

Concept:

Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose?

Ada Scientist

When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

Ada Cientifica Magnifica

Book Info:

 Page Number: 32 pages

Type of Books: Hardcover

Language: Spanish

Reading Ages: 5 to 8 years old


Rosie Revere, Engineer (The Questioneers) or Rosa Pionera Ingeniera

This is such a cute book. Rosie loves to come up with ideas and contraptions much to the laughter of her family, which make her almost give up.  I love that it shows a moment that takes that laughter where Rosie feels made fun of into a very powerful moment, something that I needed my daughter Victoria to see as she is highly sensitive and sometimes misconstrues things.

Rosa Engineer

Concept:

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true.

Rosa Engineer

 

But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

Rosie Reveer Engineer

Book Info:

Page Number: 32 pages

Type of Books: Hardcover

Language: Spanish

Reading Ages: 5 to 8 years old


The Wonderful Things You Will Be or Las Maravillosas Cosas Que LLegarás a Ser 

My daughter was gifted this book when she was a baby and it still one we have and read time and time again.  I love reading this book and now that they have it in Spanish I love it even more.

The Wonderful Things you will be

Concept:

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever. This is the perfect heartfelt gift for graduations or to celebrate your loved ones this Father’s Day, and for birthdays, new babies, and other new beginnings all year long!

 The Wonderful things you will be in Spanish

From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, lush illustrations and a stunning gatefold that opens at the end, this is a book that families will love reading over and over.

What Wonderful things you will be 

The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes and makes a great gift to the ones you love for any occasion.

Book Info:

Page Number: 36 pages

Type of Books: Kindle,Hardcover, Audiobook

Language: English

Reading Ages: 3 to 7 years old


What Do You Do With an Idea?

 As a designer and creator I absolutely LOVE this book.  Victoria liked it but not as much as I did.  It's such a beautiful book that teaches how you can nurture an idea.  It doesn't tell you exactly what that idea is but it gives you a visual of an egg looking thing with legs as "the idea."   I think that's why my daughter wasn't too excited because she took "the idea" very literal.  That being said, if you have a creative child this may be a good one to have or just for you as a creative adult.

What do you do with an idea?

Concept:

A New York Times Best Seller and award-winning book, What Do You Do With an Idea? is for anyone who's ever had a big idea.

What do you do with an Idea? 

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started.

Book Info:

Page Number: 36 pages

Type of Books: Hardcover

Language: English

Reading Ages: 5 to 8 years old


Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas who made U.S. History (English and Spanish Edition)

I love reading about what different women have done to my daughter.  It shows her that anything is possible in life.  I like to read this book one woman at a time and having a conversation about that person's accomplishments as opposed to reading the entire book at once so as to not overwhelm.

11 Latinas that chaged history

Concept:

Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas who made U.S. History, Sé Audaz! Sé Valiente!: 11 Latinas que hicieron historia en los Estados Unidos is a bilingual book that highlights 11 Latinas who excelled in various fields including medicine, science, sports, art and politics. By presenting the true biographical stories of these outstanding Latinas in rhyming verses, young readers will easily follow their journey to success. Some of the women highlighted include Antonia Novello (first female Surgeon General in the U.S.), Ellen Ochoa (first Latina to go to space), Sonia Sotomayor (first Latina Supreme Court Justice,) Rita Moreno (first Latina to win an Oscar), Selena, and Pura Belpre (first Latina to incorporate and promote bilingual literacy in Public Libraries).

Be Bold Be Brave

Book Info:

Page Number: 32 pages

Type of Books: Kindle,Paperback, Audiobook,Hardcover

Language: English Spanish


The Gift That I Can Give - El Don que puedo dar. A Bilingual Book

I read this book at the bookstore and it brought me tears.  This is a must have book if you are a spiritual person and believe in God.  In the sweetest and most endearing way it encourages your child to be them, to nurture their being, and that they have many gifts that they can give to the world and they can start sharing them now.  This is probably my favorite bilingual book in our library.

El Don que puedo dar

Concept:

Kids don't have to wait until they grow up to make the world a better place! Kathie Lee Gifford's book empowers children to find unique ways to make a difference in the lives of those around them.

 The gift that I can give

The Gift That I Can Give Bilingual Edition is a heartwarming story that shows how all children can do something today to make a positive impact on others. From simply being kind to giving a loved one an extra-big hug to cheering for a friend, this story will inspire children with countless ways to show God's love. They'll want to read it again and again.

Book Info:

Page Number: 32 pages

Type of Books: Hardcover

Language: English Spanish

Reading Ages: 4 to 8 years old

 

Fearless Trailblazers: 11 Latinos Who Made U.S. History

Another great book to inspire little boys to dream big.  I love that they created a male version of the Be Bold Be Brave Book to encourage kids to see what is possible and what they can become when they grow up.

 Fearless Trailblazers

Concept:

Fearless Trailblazers,11 Latinos who made U.S. History, Pioneros Audaces, 11 Latinos que hicieron historia en Los Estados Unidos, is a bilingual book that highlights 11 Latinos who excelled in their professional careers and made U.S. history by accomplishing something that hadn't been done before in their respective fields which include science, sports, the arts and politics.

Fearless Trailblazers

By presenting the true biographical stories of these outstanding Latinos in rhyming verses, young readers will easily follow their journey to success. Each persons biographical story is written in both Spanish and English to encourage and promote bilingual literacy. Some of the men highlighted include Cesar Chavez (Activist), Jose Hernandez(Astronaut), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Playwright), Jean-Michel Basquiat (Artist), Julian Castro (Politician) and more.

Book Info:

Page Number: 36 pages

Type of Books: Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover

Language: English

Reading Ages: 8 to 12 years old


What will I be? for boys and What Will I be? for girls.

Representation matters and showing brown boys and girls what they can become is so important in a way that is reflective of what they look like.  I love that these 2 books provide that voice and can inspire little boys and girls of color that they too can become great things and go beyond the stereotypes that plague our society. 

What Will I be Boys

Concept:

A positive and uplifting book for young children.

What Will I be 

You can be anything that you set your mind on.

 What Will I be for Girls

This lovely book showcases an array of different careers in an easy to understand way. Ideal for young children.

 What will I be Girls

It is also very important for non-black children to read books with BIPOC characters. Differences should be celebrated from a young age. 

Representation matters.

Book Info:

Page Number: 40 pages

Type of Books: Kindle, Paperback

Language: English

Reading Ages: 5 to 7 years old

Quinito's Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito

This is a cute little book that showcases different roles in the community and shows different gender roles, like mom is a carpenter and dad is a nurse.  I really like the artwork as it is very unique.  I also like that it is bilingual and my daughter has an opportunity to practice her Spanish.

Quinitos Neighborhood 

Concept:

Quinito’s neighborhood is made up of more than just buildings, streets, and shops — it’s made up of people he knows and loves. Each person has an important job to do, and each knows and values every member of the community. Readers meet them on this delightful neighborhood tour.

Quinitos Neighborhood

His cousin Tita, who learns how to make people laugh in clown school. His aunt, who paints murals to brighten up the streets. Rafi, who bakes bread, and Luis Manuel, who sells it. Highlighted by José Ramírez's energetic, jewel-like illustrations, Quinito's Neighborhood inspires readers to explore and appreciate their own neighborhoods.

Book Info:

Page Number: 24 pages

Type of Books: Paperback, Hardcover

Language: English

Reading Ages: 4 to 8 years old

No matter the age, let's encourage our kids to dream bigger one book at a time :)

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