For those of you having either German or Spanish (as far as I could see the books have not been translated into English), one nice book series to start with chapter books is the originally written in German "Der kleine Drache Kokosnuss", in Spanish translated as "El pequeño dragón Coco" by Ingo Siegner.
They don't have long texts and do have pictures on almost every page and with my children they were a big success when starting to read longer books. From there we went to The Magic Tree House series and from there to longer books. If you want to read the series I would suggest starting with the first one and from there on the order doesn't matter so much. But in the first one of the series the main characters are introduced so I would read that first.
In Spanish I can also recommend the series "Agus y los monstruos" from Jaume Copons Ramon. It's a mix between a book and a comic and my middle daughter (now 5) loves it. I don't like them so much because they're not so easy to read aloud but she loves them and it's not easy to get her interested in read-alouds so we have read the whole series.
And for kids interested in fantasy dragon-hero stories, there's the Beast Quest series by Adam Blade. They have been translated into at least German and Spanish, probably into many other languages, too.
Amy, thanks a lot for using the blog link. And let me know how your family likes it. The good thing is that since it is only with pictures you will be able to use it for both of your mls. Like I said before, in our house it has been a great success and I'm planning to bring it to both German and Spanish family reunions because it's a fun game to play with different generations.
I tend to read to my children every day but there are sometimes where there would be something special that makes us skip it.
I read the book The Reading Promise that talks about a dad who started a challenge with his 9-year-old daughter to read aloud for 100 consecutive nights...that ended up being 3218!
So I told my 9-year-old son about the challenge and told him we could try for 100 nights. I printed a 100 board and we crossed each day and we did it! Both of us were very motivated so if for example we knew there was something in the evening and we would be coming home late we would then read in the morning. Now we are going for the next 100.
One game we have discovered now and which my kids love is Time's Up Kids. It's a card game, basically about describing the objects on the cards to the other players who have to guess what the object is. First with words and then with mime. The kids version is a cooperative game (one team against time) plus the cards are with just images, no words, so pre-readers can play too.
In our home it has been a great success with my two older kids (5 and 9) and the 2 year old sits by and imitates his siblings. It's a great game to play also at family reunions and it's really a lot of fun and very sweet to see how the little ones describe the things, you get to see more of the way they think.
For Audible another idea is to try the name of authors that write in Spanish, sometimes you are lucky and there are audio books from them in Spanish. And once you find some you like, Audible will suggest similar titles.
For the little ones I love the books from "De la cuna a la luna" published by Kalandraka. They are super simple but beautiful. Poetry for babies. You can also look on youtube for sung versions of those 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 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.
They are books for learning Spanish as a foreign language but they are all in Spanish though. They have some example pages on the link so you can take a look and see if this is what you are looking for. The bilingual resources they could recommend me were German-Spanish based so of no use for your case.
I have a couple of Spanish children songs and audio books CDs in the car that I put on a lot on our car rides. At home I usually have also Spanish music playing when we are doing crafts.
And specially in November/December, I have some CDs with Spanish Christmas songs that I play a lot while we bake cookies or do Christmas crafts.
I love then to hear when my son sings them Spanish songs by himself or when my daughter asks me for the "panda" song when she gets in the car.
Right now I am preparing some more CDs since we are traveling to Spain by car and we will have some long drives. And since it is so hard to find audio books in Spanish I wanted to do a self made one with the different members of the Spanish family reading for the kids, but I have still not manage to do it.
In my case my husband is very supportive and also speaks very well the minority language, and I think both things played a key role in how good my 5 year old speaks the minority language now.
When my son was born we used the OPOL approach, my husband talking to him in German and me in Spanish, but with the time (and thanks to my husband speaking very good Spanish), Spanish has become also the family language when we are all together.
Also we once had some issues with part of his family not being happy about me talking in Spanish with my kids when in their presence, and he was then also very supportive in explaining to them why it is so important for us to maximize the Spanish my children hear, specially from me and specially also in the first years.
And he has also helped meeting other Spanish speaking families, whenever he hears someone speaking Spanish with kids, he approaches them to tell them about the Spanish play group we have organized here and inviting them to join.
I always have a few children books in my kindle so that when we travel somewhere I don't have to bring books to read to my 5 year old but I read him from the kindle instead (which saves space and weight when packing.
I wanted to share the Spanish resources I use for my kids (2 and 5) who have Spanish as a minority language. If you have any other Spanish preschool resources to share, please do so.
Music - Cantajuegos: it is a series of CDs/DVDs very popular in Spain, with children classical children songs interpreted in a modern way. In the DVDs the singers (together with children) perform the songs accompanied with gestures that kids find fun to imitate. - I also found the music I listened to as a child as download in amazon: Teresa Rabal, Enrique y Ana, Los payasos de la tele - Ruidos y ruiditos from Judith Akoschky, a collection of CDs with classical children songs interpreted in a lovely way.
Audiobooks: Here so far unfortunately I have not been able to find as much as there is for example in English and German, so any tips in Spanish audiobools are welcomed! - sonandocuentos.blogspot.de/ This blogs has a few audio versions of modern children books. My older son asks for them a lot on car rides. - www.lalirondalla.es/blog/ audio audio books with stories by the author combined with music.
Fingergames: Also not much here, when I compare to what I see in English or German :-( - Tamara Chubarovsky (www.vozymovimiento.com): self created finger games, there are some free videos in youtube if you look for her name.
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Amy: Just received your novel Adam, just in time for the weekend! I already read 3 chapters and am loving the style! Congrats!
Feb 10, 2018 6:25:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's so nice to hear, Amy! I look forward to more impressions as you continue reading!
Feb 10, 2018 10:46:14 GMT 9
Mayken: After writing a letter in the ML to her new friend for whom it is the ml, my daughter is now on the phone with her friend from ml country. (And hiding in her room with my phone. No more phone cords to hold her back.)
Feb 11, 2018 23:13:29 GMT 9
Nellie: Book ordered Adam!
Feb 15, 2018 6:20:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - so cute! The terrible teens are approaching!
Feb 15, 2018 6:21:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, thank you! I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 15, 2018 6:34:04 GMT 9
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