I read aloud to my three children (8, 4 and 2) a lot in my native language, Spanish, but I've just noticed that since we switched to longer books, most of what I read to the older one are translations from other languages.
For example I have read him Harry Potter, the Hobbit, books by Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Michael Ende, Astrid Lindgren...
But not so many books originally written in Spanish and even though we will continue reading translations I would like to also read books originally written in Spanish.
I am looking for books for a elementary school age, not picture books or poetry (there we have quite a lot from Spanish speaking writers) and also not for teenage novels.
So far what I can recall that we have read from originally written in Spanish are... - "Historia de Nadas" y "La alucinante aventura de Juanito Tot y Veronica Flut" by Andres Barba. Both awesome books and also awesome to be read aloud. Those two books brought me to the idea that I should read more books by Spanish speaking authors. - "Mago por casualidad" by Laura Gallego, fantasy genre, I did not enjoy it as much as I expected by my son liked it.
Following!! I never know what Spanish books to buy or borrow from the library. I could give you a few picture book suggestions if that's any help. We went to a Cuentacuentas by the author Pep Bruno which was really good so I'd recommend his books.
I asked the mothers at my daughter's creche and they had the following suggestions: - Mauricio Paredes (Chilean, one person said they are maybe a little too 'simple') - Pepe Pelayo (Cuban) - the Yakay saga by Chilean writer Luz María del Valle - Laura Gallego García (Spanish, fantasy): Mago por casualidad (which you've already read), Omnia, Crónicas de la torre (stronger readers) - Ana Punset (Argentina, more aimed at girls): club de las zapatillas rojas - Themo Lobos (Chilean, comics): Mampato - Marcela Paz (Chilean, comics): Papelucho - Alicia Morel (Chilean, 7/8 years): El secreto del caracol - Patricia Barbadillo (Chilean): Rabicún (apparently hard to find though) - Nik (Argentinian): Gaturro (similar to Mafalda at the beginning, but then turned into 'text'-based books
Tracey, I also like Pep Bruno, and he has a blog, and your comment reminded me about it. I will check it, maybe I can find some tips there. And maybe we open a thread for picture books in Spanish. There I have more, but for sure I am always happy to hear about new titles.
I recently read a book compilation called "Cien libros de los ochenta para leer con niños antes de la adolescencia" that made me remember some children's books originally written in Spanish that I read during my childhood.
From that book, some other authors that wrote children's novels in Spanish: Consuelo Armijo, Juan Muñoz Martín, Carmen Kurtz, Patricia Barbadillo, Pilar Mateos.
Two other writers from Spain, for early teens, Joan Manuel Gisbert and Jordi Serra i Fabra.
I am currently reading to my 9 year old "La ciudad de las bestias" by Isabel Allende and we are both enjoying it.
My daughter enjoys the Pupi series from the Barco de Vapor although we've only read two of them and she is currently enjoying reading and listening to books from the Perla series, although Perla is actually a translation as it's written by an English or American author.
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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!
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Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted.
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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!"
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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!
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