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Incorporating Every Child Ready to Read in Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro


To celebrate the recent Spanish-language launch of the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, Libro por libro has selected kid-friendly bilingual and Spanish titles that work well with each of the five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013


This has been a stellar year for Latino-themed titles for children. SLJ’s Libro por Libro columnist, Tim Wadham, selected 10 of the best works published this year that represent the vibrant Hispanic cultures united by a single language and heritage.

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Gateway Books: Getting Latino Kids Excited About Reading | Libro por libro


This compendium of new and backlist titles is recommended to get Latino kids hooked on reading. It includes books in Spanish, a few in English with Latino/a characters, and those by Latino authors and illustrators.

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Bilingual Storytime Selections | Libro por libro


Surefire Spanish-language and bilingual books and programming suggestions to share with toddlers and their caregivers for a multilingual storytime. From nursery rhymes to board books, these titles will delight children and adults alike.

In the Know: Nonfiction Titles in Spanish | Libro por libro


Tim Wadham highlights nonfiction titles that speak directly to the interests of Spanish-speaking youngsters.

Programs with Pizzazz | Libro por libro

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THIS MONTH WE’LL BE TAKING A LOOK AT materials that can be used in a number of ways, but primarily in toddler and preschool storytimes: collections of rhymes, counting books, jokes and riddles, poetry, stories for infants and toddlers, and a couple of classic picture books. Planning storytimes requires a constant search for material, not just for books to share, but for bits and pieces to use between the stories. Librarians need to be armed with poems, fingerplays, songs, […]

Building Collections and Connections: A Taste of Latino Culture | Libro por libro

Collage of Spanish Book covers

Welcome to Libro por Libro/Book by Book. I’m thrilled to be writing this new column, which marks the beginning of a new approach to SLJ’s coverage of Spanish-language and bilingual books for young readers. Rather than simply offering random reviews, the focus of this column will be building core collections and using those books to create connections with readers.

Spanish Books, May 2012


Chaired by Freda Mosquera, Broward County Library, FL

ARGUETA, Jorge. Guacamole: Una poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem. tr. by Elisa Amado. illus. by Margarita Sada. 32p. (Cooking Poems Series). Groundwood/Tigrillo. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-133-5.
PreS-Gr 3–This fanciful, imaginative narrative is as much poetry as it is a recipe. What makes Argueta’s text sing is his liberal use of similes: the avocados are like “green precious stones” and the limes are “round as […]