Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bilingual Book Display

This week at the library I decided to put up a bilingual book display. Bilingual picture books in my library are usually designated to the Spanish language section where they don't get a lot of attention, which is unfortunate. Young readers can learn so much from bilingual books. It seemed like a good week to put up this display because our bilingual specialist, librarian Deb McVay, is coming to do her tri-lingual program for kids this week. She takes stories and tells them in English, Spanish, and sign language in her fun sing-song way. She brings books and puppets and decorates the room like a wild book adventure. She's got a way of getting the kids excited about books.

Here's some of the bilingual books I found on our shelves:

On Ramon's Farm: Five tales of Mexico, written by Campbell Geeslin, illustrated by Petra Mathers (This one is a family favorite.)
Oh Crumps!/Ay Carumba! by Lee Bock (Fun!)
Cinderella/Cenicienta adapted by Francesc Boada, illustrated by Monse Fransoy
Bebe Goes Shopping written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno (Cute!)
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colon (Lovely story.)
Estrellita de Oro/Little Gold Star by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Lucia Angela Perez
La lagartija y el sol/ The Lizard and the Sun by Alma Flor Ada
Eight Animals Bake a Cake by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Lee Chapman (Another definite family favorite. I see an animal theme here. We also love Susan's other "Ocho Animales" books.)
Counting Coconuts by Wendy Silvano (Spanish & math!)
Olivia's Opposites by Ian Falconer (Great for learning some simple words.)
Playing Loteria by Rene Colato Lainez (I didn't know what Loteria was until I read this book.)

I love this display. I hope the kids will see that there are fun books to read that contain words in both English and Spanish, and parents will notice that there are some fun books to check out in the Spanish section that they are able to read to their kids, even if they are not Spanish speakers. I also like this display because when my book comes out(Bedtime Monster/El Monstruo de la Hora de Dormir), it will fit right in!


  1. I think this is a great idea. Congratulations and good luck!

  2. Hi Heather,
    I follow you on Twitter, but this is my first time visiting your blog. I love Susan Middleton Elya. My favorite book of hers is Oh No, Gotta Go!

  3. Thanks Bubu Books! and Corey!

    Corey, I think Susan Middleton Elya is great too. Oh No, Gotta Go! is such a fun read.