Two lovely new books came in to the library today that I have to share. They each reinforce multiple early literacy skills, and could be used in bilingual storytime programs or by monolingual librarians striving to make their storytimes multiculturally inclusive.
Fiesta Babies is just for them! This title by Carmen Tafolla is the perfect length for a baby or toddler storytime. The rhyming text encourages phonological awareness, while the Spanish words integrated into the text help develop vocabulary. Additionally, there are many ways parents can act out the text in this story while reading it with their child, such as tipping upside down, putting on pretend coronas, and dancing. This kind of interaction makes reading together fun and promotes print motivation. Even little Fiesta Babies can have positive experiences enjoying books!
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora teaches us a variety of ways to greet the folks in our neighborhood from different cultures. I love this book! I am a big fan of mixed-media illustrations, such as those Isadora uses to bring her neighborhood to life. Carmelita and her mama start the day with breakfast, huevos con tocino, and then they are off to visit abuela. They are a friendly pair, enjoying this morning stroll through the neighborhood. They call out Buenos Días! at the bodega, Konichiwa! at the sushi restaurant, and Bonjour! at the pastisserie, as well as taking the time to stop and say hi with the neighbors they meet along the way. In addition to being an obvious vocabulary reinforcing book, this is an excellent print awareness title too. Words are incorporated throughout the pictures, just like we may see on buildings and signs in our own neighborhood. I plan to share this title this week at storytime when our theme is "Our Neighborhood / Nuestro vecindario." This would be a fun title for parents to share with their child before taking neighborhood walk together, practicing letter knowledge along the way by pointing out the letters they see and practicing their names and sounds.
10 months ago