Books for Bébés: 7 Spanish and Bilingual Boardbooks

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Looking for fresh tips to add to your Spanish language book collection? These seven titles fit perfectly into children’s hands and are just right for lapsits and baby story time.

Looking for fresh tips to add to your Spanish language book collection? These seven titles fit perfectly into children’s hands and are just right for lapsits and baby story time.

A lvarez Astácio, Mrinali. Piecitos de baby. Fig. by Mrinali Álvarez Astacio. 32p. Editorial office Destellos. Dec 2021. Board $12. ISBN 9781732073180. SP
Baby Toddler
-This vibrant, interactive, Spanish-language board book is a celebration of baby feet. Colorful illustrations feature a baby’s footprints against a variety of backgrounds including the sun, flowers, fish and vibrant skies. Little feet step on the grass, flapping like butterfly wings and jumping as baby plays. They look huge next to ants or small next to a caregiver’s hand. Puerto Rican author and illustrator Álvarez Astacio’s adorable art will inspire babies to play silly games with their 10 little toes. The variety and styles of feet shown show that as unique as all babies are their tiny feet. Soothing, lyrical Spanish text accompanies the illustrations; it can easily be used as a lullaby. The latest spread assures babies that their feet will take them far. VERDICT An excellent and unique addition to the Spanish logbook collections.– Selenia Paz

Dewney, Anna. Llama Llama Colors. ISBN 9780593464052.
––––. Lama Lama Números. ISBN 9780593464076.
ea vol: illustrated by JT Morrow. 16p. Aprendiendo con Llama Llama). viking March 2022. Board of Directors. $6.99. SP
Baby Toddler– Everyone’s favorite llama is back in these Spanish language books about colors and numbers. Additionally, these volumes touch on food literacy and tidying up. in the Colours, Llama Llama wants to color but he has to finish his meal first. Green for peas and orange for carrots, each color is represented by a delicious fruit or vegetable. On the last page, Llama has used his leftovers to create an image on his plate that brings a new twist to “food play”. in the Counting, Adorable llama counts down from 10 as he tidies up his room and helps mom with chores – 10 books on shelves, nine pads in a row, eight plates to wash and dry. For the most part, the items listed are presented in a concise manner to allow readers to practice their counting skills. However, there are moments when the items are difficult to find, a missed opportunity. But that doesn’t detract from the charm of the book. Both volumes contain bright, textured illustrations in primary colors. The lilting and rhyming lyrics make these perfect for napping or lapsits. VERDICT Great choice for where Llama Llama is a favorite and Spanish language books are in demand.–Shelley M. Diaz

Rodriguez, Patty & Ariana Stein. The life of / La vida de Chico. ISBN 9781948066051.
––––. The life of / La vida de Pura. ISBN 9781948066143.
ea vol: illustrated by Citlali Reyes. 22p. (A bilingual picture book biography). Small Libros. May 2022. Board of Directors. $10.99. BL
Toddler PreS –The latest biographical series from Lil’ Libros continues to chronicle the lives of important figures in Latinx history. in the chico, readers will learn from Chico Mendes, a conservationist who was the leading figure in the fight against deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Children will admire his bravery as he stares at the tractors that threaten to destroy his home and family. in the Pura, children are treated to the life story of storyteller, puppeteer and librarian Pura Belpré, the New York Public Library’s first Puerto Rican librarian. She then wrote the first book in Spanish to be published by a major US publisher. These jewel-colored bilingual cardboard books showcase the characters’ childhoods, struggles, triumphs, and the impact of their legacy. The digital art is kid-friendly and sometimes gives the heroes a childlike appearance. Most of the text is presented on the front, with the English narration at the top and the Spanish version at the bottom. Although their stories are told in child-friendly language, some of the words, such as barons, authorize, liveliness, bloomand Mainland, requires explanation. All humans have brown or black skin. VERDICT gems. Shop Where Biography Books Are Popular.–Shelley M. Diaz

Teckentrup, Britta. Leo va a la peluqueria. Fig. by Britta Teckentrup. 36p. NubeOcho. July 2022. Board $12.99. ISBN 9788418133954. SP
PreS-K – Leo the lion hasn’t been to the salon for a while and needs a new haircut and hairstyle. Accompanied by his friend Monkey, Leo has his hair washed and dried before trying out new hairstyles. Should he choose curls? Pigtails? Blonde or red hair? Leo tries several hairstyles before finally settling on the perfect one – his classic lion’s mane. This simple and fun title features colorful collage-like illustrations of the characters and items, such as shampoo and brushes, all on a crisp white background. The short Spanish sentences are easy to read and highlighted with words in bold. This eye-catching title is sure to make young readers a focal point for repeat excursions. The punched pages and the high cut format make it stand out from the usual cardboard book prices. VERDICT A great (and stylish) addition to children’s Spanish book collections.– Selenia Paz

Van Genechten, Guido. Porque te amo mucho. Fig. by Guido van Genechten. 24p. Clavis. June 2022. Board $12.95. ISBN 9781605377568. SP
PreS Gr 1 – Copito the little polar bear may be young, but he already knows so much about the world. He knows where the best fish is and that the cold can really bite, but that his mother’s hugs keep everything nice and warm. He knows he has to stay close to his mother if the ice starts to break. But there are some things Copito doesn’t know. What is snow doing? And why do polar bears have white fur and black skin? But Copito’s mother knows, and she knows something far more important – how much Copito is loved. This Spanish cardboard book tells about the daily life of a little polar bear and his mother while Copito learns many things. The majestic blue-and-white palette showcases Copito’s snowy world, and the Spanish lyrics lovingly shares what Copito is learning – while making a sweet comment on Copito’s heartwarming relationship with his mother. A tender story that proves that Copito’s mother’s love for her little one is definitely certain. VERDICT A pleasing addition to Spanish board book collections and a great choice for Emma Dodd fans.– Selenia Paz


Shelley M. Diaz is the review editor at School library journal.

Selenia Paz previously served at Harris County Public Library, TX.

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