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.
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Wojtek: I found sample Eiken tests on grade 5 and 4 (There was Adam's article) and did the first part with my daughter (20 questions). On Grade 5 she did 16 of 20 correctly and on grade 4: 12 of 20. Not so bad though. She failed those where grammar was included.
Feb 15, 2018 20:43:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, your daughter is still very young so I would say those are really positive results! Your efforts are clearly producing a lot of progress. Good for you, and good for your daughter!
Feb 16, 2018 7:52:23 GMT 9
Undraa: A big congrats from my end to you for your new book Adam!
Feb 16, 2018 16:50:56 GMT 9
Wojtek: Big thanks, Adam. Those tests on grade 5 are so basic but anyway they prove that my girl understands them and knows the answers. That was quite interesting experience.
Feb 16, 2018 16:54:32 GMT 9
Wojtek: Congratulations on your book, Adam! I read the beginning on Amazon and as always I have the impression you took several pages from the dictionary with a range of sophisticated words and just put them in. That's why the book will be very valuable for me.
Feb 16, 2018 17:01:19 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, thanks! Even if you're unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary, I think the lively story will carry you through the book. I hope you enjoy it, and also find it useful for your English!
Feb 16, 2018 18:43:12 GMT 9
Dani: Hi everyone, It has been a while... Congrats on your new book Adam! Would love to get a copy too.
Feb 17, 2018 8:30:36 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, your guest poster sounds just as crazy as you - and I mean that as a compliment!
Feb 21, 2018 5:13:52 GMT 9
Adam Beck: You're right, Mayken! And I told him that!
Feb 21, 2018 6:25:52 GMT 9
Amy: I totally agree with you Mayken!
Feb 22, 2018 1:50:25 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Just bought your bilingual book off amazon, can't wait to search for more tips and inspiration!
Feb 26, 2018 4:05:20 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've just ordered k12 pre-k program for the next whole year. Probably will be very demanding but hopefully, it will give me and my daughter lots of fun as there are lots of online activities too...
Feb 26, 2018 4:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Kristin, I hope you find it helpful and encouraging! I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 26, 2018 5:12:34 GMT 9
Mayken: Last night I dreamed I was on a package tour in a Russian-speaking country, talking to a hotel employee mixing up my (little remaining) Russian and my (basic) Italian. Woke up thinking "квартира in Russian doesn't mean the same as camera in Italian"!
Mar 2, 2018 6:16:20 GMT 9