Monday, May 12, 2014

Manual de... (Kids Books Written in Spanish)

Basically since Chiquita was born I've searched for quality kids books in Spanish.  I've found a number, but the hardest to find are books actually written in Spanish, not just translated.

Our latest trip to the library turned up these "Manual de..." gems from Monica Carrtero.  We checked out Manual de Piratas, Manual de Hadas and Manual de Casas Espantosas.  Her books were written in Spanish and published in Spain, though after researching online I found they're available in English too.  The illustrations are fun and whimsical, definitely appealed to Chiquita's flights of fancy.  Each page had a lot of details so depending on attention span you can read everything or just pick and choose.  They all included a lot of fun vocabulary, like "Pirata Comilon" (hard to translate, like the overeater pirate) and "Hada Atareada" (the Chore Fairy), some words which Chiquita didn't know in English either.

I recently learned about a movement Latinas for Latino Literature which I think is wonderful.  I want Chiquita to be able to find relateable role models in books and in all occupations.  I hope to be able to share books written in Spanish by Latino authors with you more frequently.

1 comment:

  1. It is really hard to find good books actually written in other languages, rather than translated, isn't it? Keep hunting! This looks like a good find. Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!