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.
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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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Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9
Amy: Looks like the 3 weeks in ml1 country paid off: my ML mother reports my youngest would only speak ml1 to her! Lol Not sure ML childminder will be so happy when she returns... loool!
Aug 25, 2018 0:38:50 GMT 9
Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted.
Aug 27, 2018 23:15:08 GMT 9
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Aug 31, 2018 10:30:39 GMT 9
Amy: Happiest bilingual mum in the world : the new lady who conducts activities in ml2 with my eldest just assessed her level as pretty much equivalent to that of a native ml2 child! After that awful back-to-school start, this is like music to my ears.
Sept 6, 2018 0:00:13 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've been thinking for a long time to write an update and hopefully, I will do it one day. My brother married a Russian woman. That was nice to see that my 5-year-old daughter could play with her and speak English together!
Sept 7, 2018 21:37:25 GMT 9
Wojtek: After some time, she ran up and told me: "She is speaking English!"
Sept 7, 2018 21:38:31 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice to hear your happy news, Wojtek! And congratulations to your brother and his bride! It sounds like they may have a bilingual child in their future, too! Cheers to you all!
Sept 7, 2018 21:58:17 GMT 9