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4 Ways Children’s Literature Helps Language Learning

By- Kelli Drummer-Avendano

By the time children start kindergarten, they will know approximately 5,000 words in their native language. If they are raised in a bilingual (or multilingual) household, they may have a smaller vocabulary in each language, but know as many as or more words total than their monolingual counterparts. In both cases, we know that books have a significant impact on language learning. Here are a few examples of just how they help.

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Llora, corazón, pero no te rompas, un cuento para explicarle a los niños sobre la muerte

Por-Glenda Rosado

En la vida pasamos por diferentes procesos que son difíciles de entender. Uno de ellos es la muerte. Para los adultos, entender la pérdida de un ser querido toma tiempo, especialmente en una sociedad que no gusta mencionarla. Es que la ausencia de esa persona tan querida trae cambios, tristeza, soledad, y muchas veces la vida nos cambia por siempre.

En el cuento Llora, corazón, pero no te rompas, del autor danés Glenn Ringtved y con magníficos dibujos de la ilustradora Charlotte Pardi, la muerte es uno de los personajes principales. Una historia ideal para explicarle a los chiquitines este proceso natural y difícil de la vida. Pues si para los adultos es un reto, para los niños es inimaginable.

La inspiración para este libro llegó de una experiencia cercana al autor. Se lo escribió a sus niños pequeños cuando su madre estaba muriendo y usó las mismas palabras que ella les dijo, que el corazón llora, pero nunca se rompe porque a pesar de la tristeza, la vida continúa.

En la historia, cuatro niños que saben que su abuelita está muy enferma, intentan lidiar y evitar su inminente muerte. Es un libro claro, inteligente y muy emotivo. A mí me hizo recordar a mi abuelita Gloria. Esa abuelita que me consentía, cocinaba y me abrazaba con todo el amor del mundo. A los 9 años la perdí y definitivamente su pérdida fue muy surreal en ese momento.

Justo cuando pasó, mi madre en su dolor, me explicó tranquilamente que la muerte es parte de la vida. Yo solamente quería a mi abuelita y no entendía porque se había ido tan pronto. ¿Quién me cocinaría los espaguetis y sopa de pollo como ella?

Como dice el título del libro, es preciso llorar como parte del proceso, pero no romperse durante este viaje complicado y lleno de obstáculos que se llama vida. Llora, corazón, pero no te rompas, es parte de los nuevos kits de literatura y también está disponible en dos tomatillos.

Para conocer más de nuestros kits de literatura, llámanos hoy al 1-800-269-6311, email para educadores: sales@vistahigherlearning.com

Lee también: 

La talentosa Clementina: Las aventuras de una niña encantadora y divertida. 

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¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!: A Tale of Mischief

By- Erika Semprun

¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!, written by Toño Malpica and illustrated by Manuel Monroy, tells the tale of a father and his mischievous child. The protagonist, who continuously attempts to discipline his daughter, finds himself torn between being stern and compassionate.

There’s no doubt that raising a rebellious daughter is an ongoing journey; however, the protagonist finds the company of his playful child worth every battle. ¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!  tells the honest tale of a parent’s daily routine: although children may misbehave, there’s nothing as wonderful as being a parent.

This delightful piece features wonderful writing, but it’s the illustrations that entrance readers. Audience members are sure to find themselves laughing along with the discourse featured in the narration.

If you’d like to entertain your children or students with a light-hearted, comical read, pick up Loqueleo’s ¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!

To learn more about this title visit dos tomatillos.

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Dos Tomatillos: Our New Website Full of Books, Fun, and Lots of Adventures

We are very excited to introduce Dos tomatillos, the new Vista Higher Learning online store dedicated to children’s literature in Spanish. On Dos tomatillos, you’ll find wonderful books meticulously selected for Spanish speakers. Our main goal is to help you build a carefully selected library so you can offer your little tomatillo the best of Hispanic culture and language. 

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Me encantan los Saturdays y los domingos, un libro sobre el amor y la diversidad en los Estados Unidos

Por- Glenda Rosado

El libro Me encantan los Saturdays y los domingos de Alma Flor Ada, nos presenta a una niñita que vive una vida completamente bilingüe. Los sábados comparte su amor con sus abuelitos anglosajones y los domingos con sus abuelitos mexicanos. Este es un reflejo de los millones de familias que viven en Estados Unidos.

La gran cantidad de nacionalidades que viven en el país ha creado familias multiculturales que se nutren de varios idiomas y culturas. Para esta niñita, los dos días son especiales porque tiene la oportunidad de pasar tiempo y disfrutar con sus familia de ambos lados.

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Santillana & Loqueleo: Celebrating Mexican Authors

By- Erika Semprun

In the month of July, Santillana will be celebrating the wonderful, varied cultures of Latin America! Today, we’ll be sharing some of Loqueleo’s most amazing Mexican authors. While this piece only highlights four outstanding figures, you can check out all of Santillana’s Mexican authors and their comical and delightful books at Santillana USA and Loqueleo USA.

Keep reading to learn about four stand-out Mexican authors in children’s literature!

Author #1: Margarita Robleda 

Photo: Margarita Robleda/ Facebook

One of Santillana & Loqueleo’s most published Mexican authors, Margarita Robleda, is known for enchanting children of all ages with her splendid tales. With more than a dozen published works, Robleda continues to delight children, parents, and educators!

Paco: A Latino Boy in the United States (ages 8+)

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Two Enchanting Tales for All Readers (ages 4+)

By- Erika Semprun

#1- El susto de los fantasmas by Alma Flor Ada

One late Halloween night, there’s a terrifying storm. Two ghosts find themselves in the midst of it. Scared, they seek shelter in the unlikeliest of places.

#2- No voy a leer este libro by Cece Meng

This young boy has many excuses for not reading this book. Because if there is anything he does NOT want to do, it’s read this story. There’s no point in convincing him. He won’t read it even if “you string him upside down,” or “hang him over a cliff!” What could possibly change his mind?

El susto de los fantasmas and No voy a leer este libro, two of Loqueleo’s most heartfelt stories, are popular for their charming illustrations and enchanting story lines. While the plots are different, there’s no doubt that the anecdotes were written to delight their readers. Despite both picks being written for children 4+, these entertaining narrations are great to share with children, adolescents, and even adults!

Looking for a darling story to share with your children or students? Pick up a copy of El susto de los fantasmas or No voy a leer este libro!

No voy a leer este libro by Cece Meng is part of the A+ Spanish Poetry Kit. To learn more about these titles, contact us at 800-245-8584 or at customerservice@santillanausa.com read more

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Children’s Literature: Three Great Summer Picks for Ages 4+

By- Erika Semprun

El baúl de mis paseos by Liliana Cinetto (ages 4+)

In Liliana Cinetto’s El baúl de mis paseos, children embark on trips to the beach, zoo, park, circus, and theatre in order to broaden their vocabulary and learn the concept of spatial notions!

Throughout El baúl de mis paseos, Cinetto guides young readers on a fun journey through the use of rhyme and poetry. By doing this, Cinetto introduces children to advanced words and concepts in an engaging way. Readers learn the distinctions between words such as “near” and “far” or “inside” and “outside” through enchanting examples like these:

“En el zoológico miro a los monos que adentro de su jaula siempre juegan. ¿Por que los monos no van a la escuela?”

“Duerme la siesta, afuera de su cueva, un gran león con cara de enojado.

¿Por que el león está tan despeinado?”

Looking for an educational summer adventure? Loqueleo’s El baúl de mis paseos is the ideal pick!

Me encantan los Saturdays y los domingos

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Get to Know Bernardo de Gálvez — A Clever, History-filled Story that Everyone Will Enjoy

By- Erika Semprun

Get to Know Bernardo de Gálvez tells the story of Teresa Valcarce, known in the book as Mary Activist, a young woman on a quest in the United States Capitol. The short story narrates Mary’s desire to achieve justice for Bernardo de Gálvez — a Spanish general who played a key role in the American Revolution, but who had been forgotten for hundreds of years — by hanging his portrait in the Capitol. Despite Gálvez’s brilliant efforts throughout the war, Congress failed to recognize and honor his accomplishments. For over 230 years, a promise to hang Gálvez’s portrait went unfulfilled. Finally, in 2014, President Barack Obama honored that promise and had the general’s portrait hung in the Capitol.

Get to Know Bernardo de Gálvez is a magnificent read for people of all ages. Children, adolescents, and adults are guaranteed to find this story both enjoyable and extremely educational! The author, Guillermo Fesser, does an excellent job of captivating the audience. His diction is concise yet witty, which makes for a heartwarming and refreshing read. The narration is informative and the dialogue serves to provide readers with a lively experience.

Teresa Valcarce / Photo: Jennifer Rojas

Although Fesser’s writing is exceptional, Alejandro Villen’s illustrations are what make Get to know Bernardo de Gálvez a wonderful, five-star read. The images featured in the story are vivid and colorful. Each scene captures the personalities of the featured characters and work to bring the plot to life. If you’re looking for a clever, history-filled story, pick up a copy of Loqueleo’s Get to Know Bernardo de Gálvez!

Don’t miss this Emmy winner special report about the story behind the book.

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Muy feliz de presentarles mi reportaje especial sobre un general hispano, poco reconocido quien ayudó a George Washington ganar la independencia de Estados Unidos y la promesa que le hizo el congreso hace 200 años que casi quedó sin cumplir……Aquí les presento Una Promesa Casi Olvidada….Fotografo / Editor: @Roberto González

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