Spanish books for kids: Fun stories by Eric Carle

Reading Spanish books together is a great way to introduce new literature stories to children. Some are full of beautiful illustrations and stories, while some present wonderful Hispanic culture. Even some classic stories are translated into Spanish.

The author and artist Eric Carle shows us that art and literature is a great match. It is even more interesting to read his stories to young children. These Spanish translated stories are wonderful to read to children ages 5 and up. Nothing is more fun than to share these picture books with your children.

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Dr. Seuss: Celebrating his contribution to the legacy of children literature

In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday, many educators step back a little bit to pay homage to one of the greatest children authors in history. Parents and educators agree that reading is perhaps one of the life skills children need. In a weeklong celebration, many prepare by reading different Dr. Seuss’ books or doing some creative crafts. But let’s consider what this amazing author contributed to children literature.

Biography

In 1904, Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2 in Springfield, MA. By the 1920s, he began to publish humorous cartoons under the names Seuss, L. Pasteur, D. G. Rosetti ’25, T. Seuss, and Theo LeSieg. But by 1928, the name Dr. Seuss was officially appearing on his many books. In 1937, he published his first children’s book called “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”. With World War II escalating in 1941, Dr. Seuss began to draw political cartoons. Then, by 1947, he published “McElligot’s Pool”, winner of the Caldecott Honor.

Timeline of Published Works

Later, he started to publish more children’s books:

  • 1954 – Horton Hears a Who!
  • 1957 – Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • 1958 – Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
  • 1960 – Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • 1961 – The Sneetches and Other Stories
  • 1963 – Dr. Seuss’s ABC and Hop on Pop
  • 1971 – The Lorax
  • 1974 – There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
  • 1984 – The Butter Battle Book
  • 1990 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Dr Seuss at the Library

Contributions

These are some of the amazing examples of Dr. Seuss books for children. Each story represents a specific time in our world of drastic political change or history. Although he published countless books for kids and political cartoons, he established a renowned foundation for children education.

Parents and educators read these wonderful books to their children not to just learn about words and rhyming. But children also learned about how our world has shaped. And what we can do as people that inhabit this Earth. Dr. Seuss teaches us to tell our children about the injustices that occurred in our world and the importance to take care of the environment.

Events

In memory and honor of his literary and artwork, many museums and art galleries celebrate his birthday in a special way:

  • The Springfield Museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with children’s stories, diverse activities, and a cake contest.
  • The UC San Diego has a special exhibition celebrating “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” It’s open until March 18th, 2013.
  • The Art of Dr. Seuss also has his original collections of art, sketches, and drawing.
  • Dr. Seuss’ political cartoons were not as popular as his children’s books. The PBS Independent Lens tells the political views of Dr. Seuss in a clear and unbiased perspective.

Dr. Seuss or Mr. Geisel, a spokesperson for injustices, a political cartoonist, and a witty children’s author, left behind the legacy of hope and renewal for humanity. He passed away on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California.

Poetry for kids: 3 literary Spanish poems to learn rhyming

literary Spanish poems

When it comes to learning new vocabulary, there’s no better way or more fun than a rhyming poem. In these literary genres, not only do children get to appreciate a rhyme and a story, but they also get lyrics to a song.

When reading poems, children might either clap their hands to the syllable formation in the poem or they can use an instrument to follow along. Good sources of instruments are tambourines, xylophones, and a piano.

Here are some excellent examples of literary Spanish poems for children:

1.  El Chivito Marinero by Margarita Montalvo

“El chivito marinero
… fue a la mar
pero no … contento
sin … pastar

Allí no había nada verde
ni … saltar;
agua a … costados, 
agua … inmensidad.

Un día allí …
tomando un baño de sol
vio … cocinero
con … una col.

Da salto en salto
… al cocinero siguió
y en un rincón …
muchas …descubrió” 

Aquel hombre allí tenía, 
sembradas …, 
… todas clases
para … buen sabor. 

Ahora el chivo es cocinero, 
… chef …vapor
y cuida …
sonriente y …amor. 

The poem beautifully tells the story of a little goat trying to find his way in a lost sea. Notice in the second verse that he is so lost that he sees water all around him but no food or land in sight.

But then, he sees a cook (cocinero) with some food and herbs (hierbas). Can you identify the rhyming pattern with the clues that are presented?

For example, the words mar rhyme with pastar and saltar. Other words are sol-col, siguio-descubrio, and sabor-vapor-amor.

literary Spanish poems

Another excellent example of rhyming and learning new words is nursery rhymes and sayings. Here is a great example of other literary Spanish poems:

2.  Doña Araña by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

“Doña Araña … a pasear
hizo … y se … trepar, 
vino … y la hizo bailar, 
… la tormenta y … bajar.”

Take a moment to examine the last words in each line and try to see if you can find words that can rhyme in the poem. Again think of words that end in -ar.

3.  “Para curar el dolor de un golpe” by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

“Cura, sana,
… rana, 
dame … besito 
y vete … cama.”

In this very traditional poem, keep in mind the green amphibian rana rhymes with sana.

Poems for children can be a delightful way to learn rhyming and syllables. It can help children to identify particular Spanish vowel blending, pronunciation, and phoneme awareness. These skills are essential for learning any language.