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Books About Love in Spanish – February Booklist

Books About Love in Spanish – February Booklist

Looking for books in Spanish for the month of February? I’ve got a booklist for you! These books about love in Spanish are sure to cheer you up in this last full month of winter. I found lots of Spanish board books (some that even rhyme), books with our favorite characters (like Froggy!), books about family & friendship – all in Spanish! I hope you can find some to enjoy together as a family in this month of love. Happy reading en Español!

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Board Books

Loving Kindness . . . Bondad amorosa by Whitney Stewart, Illustrated by Rocio Alejandro

One of Barefoot Books’ newest Spanish releases! Bondad amorosa helps little tots understand ways we can show others that we care and love for them – and that love is meant to be shared.

Ages 2-4 Years

Abrazos y besitos by Leslie Patricelli

Leslie Patricelli books are so fun! At our house they’re a hit with kids up to ages 6 or 7, especially because they can be funny and silly. The Spanish text in this particular book of hers does not rhyme like the English text, which might be a deal-breaker for some. But if you’re like us, any bilingual book is great because it acts as a bridge to reading books in Spanish only someday!

26 Pages

Te amo, sol – Te amo, luna by Karen Pandell, Illustrated by Tomi dePaola

Tomie de Paola’s illustrations make any book a winner! And this one is no different. The text is super simple – on each page a child says “I love you ___,” fill in the blank with different things from nature: sun, moon, wind, fish, tree. A GREAT way to reinforce how to say “I love you” in Spanish, as well as learning the names of parts of nature! This one would be great for babies, toddlers, and young Spanish learners. Maybe a tiny bit childish for ages 7+. What do you think?

Ages 1-3, 12 Pages

Mi amor por ti by Susan L. Roth

What’s more amazing than talking about the love we have for each other? Learning Spanish while we do it! In this book, two mice talk about how much they love each other. It’s bigger than a bear, taller than two giraffes, more enormous than three whales . . . Kids can practice counting, learn the names of animals, and also hear how to make comparisons in Spanish! The paper collage illustrations are really neat too. I can see an art project coming after reading this one!

1-3 Years, 26 Pages

Te amaré por siempre by Caroline Jayne Church

Oh, this one is so sweet! And it rhymes in Spanish as well as in English!! There’s nothing like the love between parent and child – it indeed lasts forever.

22 Pages, Preschool+

Quiero a mi mamá porque . . . by Laurel Porter-Gaylord, Pictures by Ashely Wolff

What a sweet tribute to motherhood and the love all mothers give to their children – in the human and animal world alike! This bilingual book is perfect for little Spanish speakers, or beginning learners. The sentences are simple and short. You could also use this as a fun way to learn the names of some different animals – rabbits, koalas, otters, deer, and more.

Ages 1-3, 22 Pages

Quiero a mi papá porque . . . by Laurel Porter-Gaylord, Pictures by Ashley Wolff

Take a look at all the different dads—penguins, puffins, eagles, lions—and the way they take care of their little ones! Another loving tribute to the bond shared between child and parent, at the perfect reading or comprehension level of beginning Spanish learners! Just remember, bilingual books are not always translated word for word, so avoid using the English text to understand what the Spanish words are. A dictionary is better for that! And you can access a free, online Spanish-English dictionary at WordReference.com!

Ages 1-3, 22 Pages

Besos for Baby by Jen Arena, Illustrated by Blanca Gómez

Baby wants kisses! Mami and Papi want kisses too! This board book written mostly in English introduces kids to new words in Spanish like Mommy and Daddy, kisses, sun, flowers, wind and more! A great board book for those very beginning Spanish learners.

22 Pages, Preschool+

Valentine’s Day

El primer San Valentín de Clifford by Norman Bridwell

Have fun reading about Clifford’s first Valentine’s Day when he was small enough to fit in Emily Elizabeth’s pocket! What will happen when he gets tangled up in glue and paper and accidentally mailed at the post office!?

32 Pages, Ages 5+

¡Feliz día de San Valentín! by Elizabeth Ritter

Follow the main character around in this story to see what he does to celebrate Valentine’s Day – making cupcakes, decorating cards, singing songs. A great read to give Spanish learners vocabulary to talk about what they do around this holiday.

4-8 Years, 24 Pages

¡Es el Día de San Valentín! by Richard Sebra

Here’s a short and sweet non-fiction read about the holiday Valentine’s Day. Learn what day the holiday falls on, the customary gifts exchanged, the symbols used on cards and presents, and what the day celebrates—our loved ones!

4-7 Years, 24 Pages, Lexile Measure 420

Dora quiere mucho a Boots by Alison Inches, Illustrated by Zina Saunders

Dora is always a good idea, right? In this Dora adventure, kids will help Dora and Boots find thier way to Rainbow Rock to meet each other for a Valentine’s Day picnic. Along the way they’ll help Dora pick some strawberries – Boots’ favorite – and help Boots get some chocolate for Dora from Chocolate Lake. Will they make it without any trouble along the way?

3-6 Years, 24 Pages

¡Feliz día de la Amistad, Gus! by Jacklyn Williams, Illustrated by Doug Cushman

Gus makes a Valentine for his mom at school, but what happens when some bullies or a gust of wind come along? Will Gus be able to have a Valentine ready for his mom when the day arrives?

5-9 Years, 32 Pages

Classics & Familiar Characters

Amor de La oruga muy hambrienta by Eric Carle

The famous hungry caterpillar is back for Valentine’s Day. This sweet book reads like a Valentine card: “You are so sweet . . . the cherry to my cake . . . the apple of my heart.” A fun read for learning yummy ways to express our love.

3-5 Years, 32 Pages

Adivina cuánto te quiero by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Anita Jeram

Have you ever read the Spanish edition of the classic “Guess How Much I Love You”? Little Nutbrown Hare tells his dad how much he loves him, and each time Father Nutbrown Hare responds with more ways he loves him back. A sweet story that would pair perfectly with “Quiero a mi papá porque . . . ” from above!

24 Pages, Preschool+

El primer beso de Froggy by Jonathan London, Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Who doesn’t love Froggy?! In this book, Froggy is working on a secret Valentine’s card . . . who could it be for? Froggy’s antics don’t disappoint in this silly and entertaining book.

32 Pages

Siempre te querré by Robert Munsch

A Spanish edition to the classic tear-jerker “I’ll Love You Forever” is probably a must for any bilingual family! The book goes through the years of a little boy until he’s grown, and through the years his mom always sings him the same song: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always as long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be . . . ” Until one day we find the boy singing the song to his mother.

5-8 Years, 32 Pages

Love & Besos

Te amo by Calee M. Lee, Illustrated by Tricia Tharp

Cute & silly similes fill this book to express the love between parent and child – “I love you like a skipping stone, I love you like a doggie’s bone.”

Kids might have a fun time making a book like this of their own and coming up with their own similes in Spanish. If your kids are just learning Spanish, try letting them write the similes in English first, and then you can help them translate into Spanish!

4-8 Years, 32 Pages

El beso más grande by Virginie Aracil

What a cute board book! Sweet & short rhymes on each page about a kiss for each animal . . . and the biggest kiss of all is for the baby at the end. I can see this being one of those books the little toddlers ask to read over and over again!

Ages 1+, 12 Pages

Besos de animales by Barney Saltzberg

Little tots will have fun with this touch and feel book. How about a scratchy kiss from a cat, or the sticky kiss of a dog, or the furry kiss of a bear. A great read for learning fun adjectives and exploring the senses for little ones.

2-3 Years, 14 Pages

Besos cucú by Barney Saltzberg

Another touch and feel book – but this time peek-a-boo style! Kids can peek and see what kiss is waiting for them behind hands or paws.

2-3 Years, 14 Pages

Un beso en mi mano by Audrey Penn, Illustrated by Ruth Harper

Although this story centers around Chester, the main character, attending his first day of school, I wanted to share it here because I love how the mom teaches him that he can carry her love with him wherever he goes.

3-8 Years, 32 Pages

¿De qué color es un beso? by Rocio Bonilla

On Amazon, this book has mixed reviews. Some parents didn’t like it because on one page the narrator mentions that she doesn’t like vegetables. However, I wanted to include it because I love what a creative story it is! Monica looooves to paint, and soon she comes along something she doesn’t know the color for – BESOS! She wonders through each of the colors thinking of why – and why not – kisses could be that color.

I feel like this is one of those books that, although has lots of words that would go over my Spanish-learners heads, they would still love it for the lively illustrations, the personality of the main character, the fun ideas, and even the fonts that add to the entertaining tempo of the story.

So what color IS a beso?!

5-6 Years, 36 Pages

Siempre te querré by Caroline Pedler

It’s always great to find a book in Spanish that rhymes like this one, where little kid animals tell stories of why they love and admire their parents. The love of family always endures and this book is a celebration of that.

Baby – 5 Years, 26 Pages

Friendship

Written by a mom and licensed counselor, this book has a message of love we often forget to tell – how to love ourselves! Esperanza is part of the school play, and when it doesn’t go as planned, she learns to have self-compassion and to be a friend to herself.

34 Pages

¿Has llenado una cubeta hoy? by Carol Cloud

I was so happy to find this picture book has a Spanish edition! Kids really can grasp the meaning of being kind with the metaphor put forth in this book. When we’re kind to others we are filling up an invisible bucket they carry around – which makes them feel good and happy. When we are unkind it empties that person’s bucket and makes them feel sad. People we see acting unkind probably have empty buckets themselves. A great way to help kids understand kindness and love.

4-9 Years, 32 Pages

Books About Winter in Spanish – January Booklist

Books About Winter in Spanish – January Booklist

You know I love a good Spanish booklist! And I couldn’t let January pass me by without rounding up a good list of books in Spanish about winter for you! What are your favorite Spanish books to read in winter? Please share in the comments below!

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Estamos en invierno by Joyce Jeffries

Take a fun look at all the wonderful things that make winter, winter! Hot chocolate, building snowmen, going sledding. And the best of all is sharing it with friends and family. Great read for young readers.

Tren de invierno by Susanna Isern

Looking for a fun winter adventure? Tag along with these woodland animals who always take a train south to warmer weather when winter rolls around. But uh-oh, this time they forgot ardilla! Will they go back to find squirrel? Just as entertaining as the story, are the illustrations. This seems like a really fun book to make a part of your winter library.

Haciendo un muñeco de nieve by Carolyn Kisloski

I really love that this book has shorter sentences and uses the FUTURE TENSE. Seems like a perfect fit for Spanish learners or for your little preschoolers who already speak Spanish!

It’s also available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

El mitón Retold by Jan Brett

We love this retelling of the Ukrainian folk tale by Jan Brett! Her cozy and detailed illustrations make instant classics. This is one of those stories kids love reading again and again, which makes it perfect for language learning!

Un día de nieve by Ezra Jack Keats

Speaking of classics…this is one of my most FAAAAAAVORITE books ever! I can’t believe I don’t own it in English OR in Spanish. You and I both need to make sure to add this one to our libraries this year. It never gets old.

Mi oso grande, mi oso pequeño y yo by Margarita del Mazo

We received this one last winter from Sol Book Box. If you have it in your budget, I highly recommend their services! Vanessa, the owner, selects the absolute most perfect books for each month – ones that turn into favorites. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of this one, so you have to go read it yourself. Let’s just say things are not always as they seem. This little girl is lucky to have TWO osos – a big one aaaand a small one – to go on all her winter adventures with her.

Los animales en el invierno by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst

I love a good non-fiction selection to round out a pile of books! This looks like the perfect one. Learn all about what animals do in the winter months. Great for ages 4 – 6, or Spanish beginning learners!

Froggy se viste by Jonathan London

Even though frogs usually hibernate in the winter, when it snows Froggy decides the winter landscape is too irresistible, so he gets on his winter gear to go out and play! The only problem is, he keeps forgetting something! Kids will love the silliness and repetitiveness of this story – great for reinforcing the snow-gear vocabulary for Spanish learners.

¡Pronto llegará el invierno! : Los animales en invierno by Monika Lange

If you like the premise of the one above, but have kids slightly older, this one is a similar look at what animals do as winter arrives and sets in – but for grades 2 -3. The reviews on Amazon sound like it’s a good one with lots of interesting facts.

Las aves en el invierno by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst

Every winter I wonder – How do the birds survive this cold?! I guess I need to read this book! These two books together would make for a fun way to start a unit study on animals in the winter…and would be fun to compare and contrast the facts in these books with the activities of the animals in the fiction books mentioned above!

El invierno by Julie Murray

Another fun non-fiction one to add to the stack! You know what would be fun? To read this one, and then to gather photographs over the winter season of your kiddos or students and make a book of your own similar to this one!

An Orange in January by Diana Hutts Aston

Yes, this book is written in English, but it was suggested by a fellow Spanish teacher. She uses this book as a cultural bridge to show how many of our fruits that we eat in winter come from Spanish-speaking countries! I just requested this one from our library so we can read it before the month is over! I’ll let you know what I think once we’re done!

Días y días / Days and Days by Ginger Foglesong Guy, Illustrations by René King Moreno

January is a fun time of year to learn about seasons and months of the year. If you are a bilingual household, or aspiring bilinguals, this is the perfect book for that! Ginger Foglesong Guy writes in gentle, easy-to-follow patterns to introduce the seasons, the characteristics of the seasons, and the months that compose them. Illustrator René King Moreno draws beautifully engaging pictures that tell a story all their own and offer lots of material for continuing the conversation about each season. I love that the book begins and ends with January, to help children understand the circular cycle of each year.

Un recorrido por las estaciones by Sella Blackstone would be the perfect companion book to Días y días! Each month of the year has its own page spread, and the illustrations are made to be a seek-and-find, “I Spy” type game. There are vocabulary words along the bottom of each page that kids can hunt for in the illustrations. We have this book hanging on our calendar board open to the month we’re in, and we change it like a calendar when a new month begins. It’s a fun way to learn a few seasonal words each month.

If you do want to purchase this book, be sure to let me know! I am a Barefoot Books ambassador and I have a code for first-time Barefoot Books customers!!

Celebra el Año nuevo Chino con la familia Fong by F. Isabel Campoy

A little late for this year, but Chinese New Year lands in the middle of winter, and how fun would it be to learn about it in Spanish! Add this to your cart to save for next year or, if you’re like me, just read it late after the holiday.

¡Es el Año Nuevo Chino! by Richard Sebra

Another one about the Chinese New Year with amazing photographs!

¿Quién fue Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader

Another holiday that falls in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (here in the United States). For kiddos who already speak Spanish fluently, they can read about his life in this chapter book from the well-know “Who was…?” biographies series.

Celebra el Día de Martin Luther King, Jr. con la clase de la Sra. Park by Alma Flor Ada

Or read about him in picture-book form with this gem from the amazing Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy!!

What books did you read this January? Let us know so we can add it to our list!

Shop Small for Día de los muertos

Shop Small for Día de los muertos

Día de los muertos – a holiday celebrated in México, Central America & South America – is just around the corner. Over the years, this holiday has gained more and more popularity in the United States as well, thanks to the amazing Latinx population here.

Today I’m celebrating the holiday with a group of my favorite bloggers in a Día de los muertos blog hop! Make sure you check their posts below for some Spanish learning, book suggestions, activity ideas and more!

I thought a fun way to honor the holiday of Día de los muertos this year would be to highlight some shops on Etsy that sell beautiful & fun Día de los muertos products. Of course you can find decorations and other Día de los muertos items at Target, Michaels, etc. but it’s so much fun to support small businesses – amiright?!

Whether you’re setting up an ofrenda or altar, wanting to add some Día de los muertos flare to your wardrobe, or looking for ways to share the holiday with your kids or classroom–I’ve got you covered. Check out all the neat stuff below!

If you know of any great shops on Etsy that sell things relating to Día de los muertos or anything Latinx, will you let me know? I’d love to share about them here!

Backdrops for a Fiesta

Día de los muertos fringe backdrop from SoireeLove

Día de los muertos Backdrop from AlbaBackgrounds

Decorating with Papel Picado

Five 12ft long papel picado banners from MexFabricSupplies

Papel picado banner from MesaChic

Día de los muertos banner from VintageBabyDoll

Papel picado garland from AyMujer

Elements of an Altar or Ofrenda – Cempasuchil & Flowers

1 Dozen paper marigolds

Paper flowers from TennesseCreations

Crepe paper cempasuchil from SnootyBlooms

Sugar Skulls & Calaveras

Set of 4 Calaveras from AmorcitoGifts

Día de los muertos decorated flower pots from LolaTilitchesShop

Sugar skulls from JsCraftsDallas

Sugar Skull Cookies from DaintyCakesByAndrea

Sugar Skull Plant Holders from FunUsualSuspects

Velas y Cuadros

Día de los muertos Wooden Cuadro from RedRoosters

Cempasuchil Candle from vivalapress

Día de los muertos Wedding Candles from CyDshop

Lotería Candles from CyDshop

Clothing & Jewelry

Sugar Skull Womens T-shirt from AlvordApparel

USE CODE: dayofthedead for 30% off (AlvordApparel)

Floral Skull T-shirt from WillowandWrenDesign

Sugar Skull Earrings from BelloTesoroJewelry

Colorful Sugar Skull Earrings from SuncatchersEtc

Sugar Skull Pin from CannedKitty

For the Kids

Sugar Skull Crayons (Set of 25) from ScarletChickadee

Day of the Dead Clip Art from tereveladesign

Sugar Skull Coloring Clip Art from tereveladesign

Día de los muertos Maracas from GlitterSmooch

Day of the Dead series | Multicultural Kid Blogs
Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting another blog hop for Day of the Dead! (Don’t miss our series from last year, 2017, 2016, and 2015!) Be sure to visit all the posts below for great ideas on sharing Day of the Dead with kids:
Books About Firefighters in Spanish

Books About Firefighters in Spanish

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It’s Fire Prevention Week so we are reading and learning all about firefighters and fire safety. I was surprised how many books in Spanish about firefighters we found at our local library! Of course I knew I had to share the list with you guys! What books in Spanish about firefighters or fire safety do you have to add? Did we miss any? Which ones are your favorites?

For a printable list to print out and take to the library with you, scroll to the end of this post!

BOARD BOOKS / PRESCHOOL

Mi primer libro de contar: Los bomberos

By Cindy Entin

Ages 2+

Count from one to ten and learn all the fun vocabulary words surrounding firefighters: helmets, fire suits, Dalmatians, firehoses, lights, fire hydrants, sirens and more!

Osito Tito Bomberos al rescate

by Benji Davies

Another board book, and this one rhymes! Written all in Spanish this board book also has slides that can be pulled out on each page. Short sentences and fun illustrations perfect for toddlers! Osito Tito has more books as well: Emergencia al volante, Aventuran submarina, Un día en la granja and more!

Fire Trucks // Camiones de bomberos

At the time of this publication, this book hasn’t been released. You can pre-order it on Amazon, and it looks to be a good one. It’s a board book that comes with a song (I’m not sure if the song is in Spanish too, or only English). What stood out to me with this one is how you can see the way noises are written in Spanish. Instead of WEE-OO WEE-OO, the camión de bomberos says Niiinoo! Niinoo! Also, fun fact: the illustrator studied art in Valencia and lives in Madrid. 🙂

ENGLISH SPANISH-INTEGRATED TEXTS

Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos

By Susan Middleton Elya – Illustrations by Dan Santat

Have you hear of Susan Middleton Elya? She writes books in English that rhyme and that have one or two Spanish words in each line. Her books are great for kids who are just beginning to learn Spanish! Each book also has a glossary at the end for learning what the Spanish words mean and how to pronounce them.

In Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos not all the new vocabulary words are necessarily firefighter-related, but this is a great book nonetheless to add to your firefighter Spanish unit! **We found this one at our library!**

Tito, the Firefighter // Tito, el bombero

by Tim Hoppey

I think you’ll really like this one. Young Tito walks by the firehouse each day and teaches a few phrases in Spanish to the firefighter who speaks English. One day they need Tito’s help translating for an older gentleman who can’t speak English. I like how this book shows the importance of community. It’s written in the same style as the one above, English text with integrated Spanish words in bold with a glossary at the back! **We found this one at our library!**

FAMILIAR CHARACTERS

Curious George and the Firefighters // Jorge el curioso y los bomberos

By authors H.A. Rey and Anna Grossnickle Hines

Who doesn’t love to see what kind of pickle George can get himself into?! This book is a plus for me for two reasons. One – it’s bilingual, which means I will have a much easier time getting my kids to sit down and read it with me in Spanish since I can tell the story to them first in English. Secondly, anytime there’s a familiar character my kids will be more inclined to pay attention in Spanish.

Clifford el perro bombero

Another familiar character — Clifford! Clifford gets to be a part of the fire brigade and save the day, but not without a few silly mishaps. Kids can also learn a little fire safety while reading the story, like “Stop, Drop and Roll.” This one is written all in Spanish, so if you or your kids are just learning Spanish, you might want to get the English version as well. **We found this one at our library!**

NON-FICTION / READER TEXTS

¡Que vivan los bomberos!

A short non-fiction read (Lexile Measure 420) that explains the things firefighters do in our community to keep us safe! From the perspective of reading this book with Spanish learners, I like that it uses a variety of verbs. “Las sirenas suenan . . . las luces alumbran . . . ” It’s also fun to get some practice using a non-fiction text in Spanish, like talking about the “Tabla de contenido” for example.

Una visita a . . . La estación de bomberos // A Visit to . . . The Fire Station

By B.A. Hoena

Here’s a fun bilingual non-fiction one for you! Filled with photographs, kids can see and learn what firefighters do. The sentences are short enough for beginners to read, and having the English text helps too. What I like about his one is the diversity of the people in the photographs!

Capstone Press publishes this “Pebble Plus” series and I’m really digging it. A note to parents at the beginning of the book points out that this book “supports national social studies standards related to the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services” . . . and “the images support early readers in understanding the text.” **We found this one at our library!**

by Carol K. Lindeen

Also from Capstone Press! Camiones de bomberos “supports national standards related to science, technology, and society” . . . and “the images support readers in understanding the text . . . repetition of words and phrases helps early readers learn new words.” All of which are perfect for language learners as well! **We found this one at our library!**

What’s Inside a Fire Truck? // ¿Qué hay dentro de un camión de bomberos?

Part of a reader series, this book is marked for fluent readers. The text is bilingual and has 20-40 words per page. So for beginning Spanish learners, the photos aren’t enough to lean on for comprehension. Meaning, you’d need to do a lot of pre-learning with your beginners in order for them to understand the entire text. However! The book has lots of great photographs, including a labeled one at the beginning, for pointing out vocabulary words on the theme of fire trucks and fire fighter tools. **We found this one at our library!**

What’s Inside a Firehouse? // ¿Qué hay dentro de un cuartel de bomberos?

Same series, different book. Now you get to take a peek into where fire fighters live, eat, sleep, and work while they’re on duty. I appreciate that this book mentions some fire fighters are volunteers from the community! **We found this one at our library!**

Want to check out other bilingual reader series from this author?

Just the Opposite // Exactamente lo opuesto (Emergent Reader)

Guess Who // Adivina quién (Early Reader)

What’s Inside? // ¿Qué hay adentro? (Fluent Reader)

Firefighter/El bombero

A fun and easy read for beginning readers or beginning Spanish learners. The pages in this book have nice large text and one or two sentences per page, perfect for beginning readers. Although each page spread has a great photograph showing firefighters helping in some way, I do want to note that the pictures don’t necessarily match the text. This book is part of a Weekly Reader series called “People in My Community/La gente de mi comunidad.” **We found this one in our library!**

Lo que hacen los bomberos // What Firefighters Do

For ages 5-8, this book has a big heading on each page with a good size paragraph to elaborate: What do firefighters do? What do firefighters use? The Fire is Out. Firefighters are Heroes.

Lots of pictures throughout, and a couple are even labeled with common tools and equipment firefighters use.

A part at the back of the book also talks about making an escape plan as a family. **We found this one at our library!**

STORIES

Querido dragón va a la estación de bomberos // Dear Dragon Goes to the Firehouse

Dragon and his classmates take a trip to the local firehouse in this story. They get to try on the firefighters’ coats and they each get their own pretend helmet to wear. This would be a fun read if your family or class will be taking a trip to your local firestation. It could help prepare expectations of what will happen on the trip, and/or reinforce what you learned after you’ve gone! It’s a bilingual text! **We found this one at our library!**

Download the printable list of these books here:

Firefighter Books in Spanish

All About Time in Spanish – A lo Día de muertos

All About Time in Spanish – A lo Día de muertos

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, y’all!! Every year I like to celebrate with my fellow bloggers from Multicultural Kid Blogs. Don’t miss the great line up of Hispanic Heritage Month articles (listed at the end of this post) that are coming out September 15 through October 15. Be sure to check them all out…I always learn so much!

Today I thought it would be fun to learn a Hispanic cultural tidbit about TIME.

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Understanding time in Spanish is more than just learning how to tell time. You also need to understand the concept of time held in Spanish-speaking countries. Of course, things always vary from country to country, region to region, and from rural to urban; however, generally speaking, Latinos approach time much more loosely and relaxed than some cultures like the United States, Germany, New Zealand, and others.

Here is a definition I found from the Urban Dictionary that explains it…

My first experience learning about this was having someone explain to me what “ahorita” meant. Ahora in Spanish generally means now. Ahorita comes from the word ahora, and carries a meaning of “in just a little bit,” or “here in a second,” and “just a minute.” Things of that nature. But the actual time is up for interpretation and could mean literally “right now” or “in 30 minutes.”

Watch this funny video from YouTube to understand just how broad of an interpretation we’re talking about.

In my opinion, it’s so FUN to learn about cultural differences. I also believe it’s very important that we don’t leave these things out when we are teaching a second language to our children! The beauty of learning a new language is that it opens our minds to know how one thing can be said many different ways and still be “right.” Just the same with living! There are many different ways to live life and they are all “right”!!

I belong to a Facebook group called “Spanish Teachers in the US.” One of the teachers there mentioned that she does a bellringer where she explains this cultural difference of time between the United States and Mexico. She opened up a discussion to see if others of the teachers had experienced the same difference in other Spanish-speaking countries. Here is what some of them had to say:

“Lived in Miami most of my life and the standing joke was “Cuban time” or real time? I showed up at a party at 8 (time on invite) and I was the only one there, except for the hosts, for a good 45 min.”


I have actually seen “hora inglesa” on a wedding invitation in Perú, meaning 4:30 meant 4:30!!


Yes, we called “la hora Tica” in Costa Rica. It was mainly for social gatherings. For appointments and classes, you had to be more on time.


I just finished a master’s program at Univ. of Salamanca and our Culture teacher made a significant deal about this – if you are on time, you are way early.

Once you’ve explained these neat cultural variances to your kiddos, why not teach them how to tell time in Spanish!!

Since we’re nearing that time of year where Día de los muertos is celebrated…I suggest introducing time with the fun book based on a song from Costa Rica “¡Es la hora de los esqueletos!” It’s very catchy and your kids are sure to love it! Each time the clock strikes, the skeletons do something fun or funny!

You’ll find lots of different version on YouTube with slightly different lyrics or words than the book has, like an traditional song or rhyme words or versions can vary by region or family.

You can watch a few versions on YouTube to learn the tune, then sing the words as you read them from the book, or you can just read the book without sining!

After reading the book and hearing the song, you and your kids might be interested in learning how to tell time in Spanish. This can get a little tricky, so I suggest just learning how to say each hour first! For kids ages birth to 9-years-old this is still an emerging skill in your first language, so if the kids don’t feel it’s fun, don’t worry and just come back to the concept later!

One great way to introduce a new thing to your children is to learn it yourself first, and then start integrating it into your daily life instead of trying to sit down and do a lesson about it…I would say sit-down lessons are more for ages 10 and up (when it comes to a second language)!

If you would like to study telling time in Spanish here are a few good places to start:

Señor Jordan – Telling Time in Spanish Explanation (Basic)

Tell Time in Spanish

How to Tell Time in Spanish (Best for older students or adults)

Another great way to practice telling time in Spanish is to get this awesome clock!! It shows the time in words, so you don’t have to think about how to say it. It doesn’t show each minute, so you’ll have to round to the nearest five. For example, it can say “10:05,” 10:10,” “10:15,” 10:20,” “10:25,” “10:30,” “10:35,” “10:40,” “10:45,” “10:50,” and “10:55.”

Lastly, you can use this printable I made with some of the main vocabulary words from the book, skeletons for practicing counting, and some matching cards for learning to tell time with clocks!!

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I laminated the time strips and clocks and put velcro on them so my kids can put them on and take them off for practice! (See below.)

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2019 | Multicultural Kid BlogsWe are so excited for our eighth annual Hispanic Heritage Month series! Now through October 15, you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage! Find even more ideas on our Latin America Pinterest board:

September 16 Pura Vida Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Latino Culture

September 17 Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico’s Most Famous Latina Poet

September 18 Hispanic Mama: Raising Kids to Be Proud of Their Latino Heritage

September 19 Spanish Playground: Spanish Tongue Twisters for Kids

September 20 MommyMaestra: Tito Puente Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Crafts, Activities and More

September 23 Kids Spanish Book Club: Five Bilingual Picture Books

September 24 Embracing Diversity: 21 Inspirational Quotes by American Latinos To Uplift & Empower

September 25 el Mundo de Pepita

September 26 Little Nómadas: Quesillo Venezolano

September 27 De Su Mama

September 30 Baby Devotions

October 1 For the Love of Spanish

October 2 Tiny Tapping Toes

October 3 LadydeeLG

October 4 Bicultural Familia

October 7 Spanish Mama

October 8 The Multilingual Home

October 9 Bookworms and Owls

October 10 Jeddah Mom

October 11 Pretty Mama Breastfeeding

October 14 Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 15 Maritere Bellas

Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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