Karina, generally speaking, you don't really need bilingual books--you just need books in the minority language, in Spanish. Maybe your local library would even have a section of children's books in Spanish, or would be willing to start growing one? Although I've built up a large home library of books in our minority language, over the years, it's also true that I've taken full advantage of the collection of minority language books available at the library in town.
As for obtaining Spanish books online in thrifty ways, I invite others out there to offer suggestions!
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I have had some luck using "Craig's List" type sites in Spanish speaking countries. Just like in the U.S., you find people looking to unload their children's libraries after their kids have moved out. Usually the exchange rate works in your favor. The problem, of course, is shipping. If you have relatives or friends in a certain country, this can be negated somewhat by having them pick up the books and packing them in their luggage next time they are in the states.
The cheapest way is to borrow books from public libraries. You can keep them for several weeks.
Another way, if you have family overseas, ask them to buy some books for you, and bring them when visiting.
Also, the public libraries, at least here in Arizona do many book sales where you can get books as cheap as $1. Also, find out which libraries in your city offer bilingual (English-Spanish) story times. In some special celebrations they give away books for free.
Check also some Baby/Children yard sales on FB; you may find some in there too.
I have a friend who is a school teacher, and she can buy some books for me on Scholastic with a special discount for teachers too.
Half Price Books, if it exists in your area (I think they cover most if not all of USA) have a children's foreign language section. Even in the middle of monolingual Iowa I managed to find quite a few Spanish books there. It's usually right next to the kid's section, and separate for the adult foreign language section.
You could also try to exchange books with other bilingual families you know. I have mentioned this to my friends but so far we haven't got around to doing it. Books are fairly expensive in Spain plus they often tend to sell hardbacks (which are more expensive). I don't think half price bookshops exist and where I live there aren't any second hand bookshops...but try secondhand bookshops and charity shops too. I got my books mainly from Amazon as where I live there is little choice in minority language books especially children's and they are more expensive but am also starting to look at Ebay. Are there any other UK online discount bookshops that I could order books from? Even starting to consider buying a Kindle/Ebook as you can download many books cheaper (although I prefer the traditional books!).
Also, if your children are young and can't read yet, you can just use your English books you have and translate or make up the story in Spanish. It's just about them hearing the story in Spanish and the pictures helping them to understand what's going on and learning new words. Sometimes I shorten stories when reading in English to the kids...but of course I get caught out sometimes lol. My daughter is like, hey, you skipped when X, Y, Z happened!
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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
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Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9