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Bilingual books for kids: Win a Sol Book box Giveaway!

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Cute bilingual books for kids

Have you ever struggled to find books for your bilingual kids that are in Spanish and Spanish/English? I have! That’s probably why I’m extremely happy for being able to partner with Sol Book Box and host a giveaway so you get to try their service too.

Sol Book Box is a subscription service for parents raising bilingual (English/Spanish) kids. The service is designed to help kids celebrate the fact that they’re bilingual and often bicultural, helping them feel proud of their heritage with books and activities that have a special cultural meaning.

This is exciting because in our house we are obsessed with books, especially picture books for kids. We get a new book every week or so, no kidding, and we love having them around the house so my toddler can pick them up and enjoy them anytime he wants.

In our home we talk to my toddler just in Spanish, we want him to be fluent in both languages and we are confident that he will learn English in school and by interacting with other people everyday, but we want to give him as much exposure to spanish as we can so he has a strong foundation of vocabulary and grammar. But finding books written in Spanish and Spanish/English is not that easy, and sometimes they are not culturally relevant, so something like Sol Book Box is ideal, it makes it so easy to get books and activities to play with Jax directo en casa.

Cute bilingual books for kids

 

Como funciona Sol Book Box?

  • STEP 1: Choose a size. First, choose your box depending on the age of the child. The options are Spanish Board Book Box, best for children ages 0-2, Spanish Picture Book Box, best for kids 3 and older.
  • STEP 2: Choose a frequency. Then select the length of your subscription.
  • STEP 3: Get a package! Finally, proceed to checkout to complete your subscription!

Reading to kids is extremely important. My husband and I just took a parenting class a few weeks ago where we learned about the benefits of reading daily to your kid such as:

  • Reading creates a special bond with your child.
  • If reading is pleasurable experience to them, they will have a positive attitude towards reading as they grow up.
  • Preschool children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to them and in conversation tend to do well in school.
  • Reading cultivates a love of learning.
  • Reading encourages your child’s imagination
  • Reading builds a strong foundation of vocabulary and grammar in Spanish.

GIVEAWAY RULES

Today we are playing with a box that we received for Jax. Check it out to see what’s inside in the video above and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win one of these boxes. You can win the “Colores” box for babies OR the “El ritmo que bailo” box for bigger kids.

To enter the giveaway you need to follow us on Instagram. here  are the rules.

Enter the giveaway HERE

  1. Follow @livecolorfulco on Instagram
  2. Follow @solbookbox on Instagram (must be following both to win)
  3. Tag as many friends as you want in SEPARATE comments in this post (no giveaway accounts por favor). Each tag is an entry!

Good luck!

IT’S #GIVEAWAY TIME! Today I’m partnering with @solbookbox to give one of their lovely subscription boxes to one of YOU. I just shared a new YouTube video (link in bio 👆) so you can see what we got inside our #SolBookBox. Jaxon approved it! He had tons of fun playing with the toys and reading the books. ➡️ Enter the giveaway for a chance to win the “Colores” box for babies (0-2 years old) OR the “El ritmo que bailo” box for older kids. ——————————————➡️ GIVEAWAY RULES 1. Follow @livecolorfulco 2. Follow @solbookbox (must be following both to win) 3. Tag as many friends as you want in SEPARATE comments (no giveaway accounts por favor). Each tag is an entry! BUENA SUERTE! ——————————————-For US residents only Giveaway runs through Thursday March 30th at 9:00 am PST ———————————— @solbookbox is a subscription service for parents raising #bilingualkids (English/Spanish). The service is designed to help kids celebrate the fact that they’re bilingual and often bicultural, helping them feel proud of their heritage with books and activities that have a special cultural meaning 🙂

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Bilingual Books for Kids on the App Store

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More than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books for Kids on the App Store | LiveColorful.com

I had a couple of books that I used to love reading when I was kid but I never had the habit of reading everyday. My husband did, it was one of the first things I noticed about him when we met. I thought it was really charming.

So after Jax was born I decided to incorporate this good habit into our family and it has been quite amazing to see how much Jaxon has grown and learned since day one. He used to sit in the bouncy chair and listen to us reading books, then he started to try to touch them, flip pages and now, he just started to pick the books he wants to read. It has been a fun journey and he seems to love being surrounded by stories and illustrations.

Jax, like a lot of kids from this generation, is also really into tablets and cellphones, and he is surprisingly great at it. The other day I saw him scrolling down an article in my phone that I was reading with impressive dexterity.

More than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books for Kids on the App Store | LiveColorful.com

When I heard about  Epic!, the largest children’s ebook library, a light bulb switched on over my head. I honestly didn’t think about incorporating digital books before, but as soon as I knew that Epic! recently added more than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books to its library I knew that I had to give it a try.

Epic! was started in January 2013 when founders Suren Markosian and Kevin Donahue realized that their kids loved tablets but spent most of their time playing games and watching videos on them rather than reading. It didn’t make sense to them that games and videos were so easily accessible, while books required a parent to make a purchase every time a child wanted to read a new one. So they rounded up some talented friends, consulted with veterans of the children’s publishing industry as advisors, and together built the first “epic” reading experience designed for kids.

Epic! has received a great response ever since its official launch in 2014. The popularity of the app is evident from the 10 million books read since the product’s launch in 2014. Last month, alone, more than 2 million books were read on Epic!. 

More than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books for Kids on the App Store | LiveColorful.com

Epic! offered me free access to their library for 30 days so I could try it and tell you more about it.

Some of my favorite things is that you can also find some popular and award-winning books and series including Ramona, Flat Stanley, National Geographic, Goosebumps, Fancy Nancy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Where the Wild Things Are and many more.

More than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books for Kids on the App Store | LiveColorful.com

Lately I have been listening to a few podcasts online while I’m playing with Jax because I can’t have too much quiet in my home. So I got excited when I saw they have audiobooks in the library too. Another great thing, the Read to Me option. So the little ones can listen to the story while flipping the pages. If mommy is busy for a few minutes, what better than having Jax entertained flipping pages of a book rather than watching TV.

This is definitely a great app for the little ones, but also older kids. You can personalize the library by age and categories, count the books finished and hours read too. All of these options give kids a challenge to add “points” and books to their list.

More than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books for Kids on the App Store | LiveColorful.com

This app is a great holiday gift! and I’m really happy to be able to share it with you and here the best part, Epic! is offering 2 months free subscription to their library for all Live Colorful readers for the next three days! So hurry up and try it right now. To get the free trial you will have to go to www.getepic.com/promo, create an account and enter EPICCOLORFUL as the promo code.

Additionally, this holiday season, Epic wants to spread the love of reading by encouraging the gifting of a subscription to Epic!.  Monthly subscriptions are $4.99 per month.  Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can give the gift of unlimited reading with Epic:  6-, 12-, or 24-month subscriptions are available for $24.99, $49.99 or $89.99, respectively.

Do your kids like reading? What books do you recommend I read to Jax?

DIY: Bilingual Memory Card Game

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DIY: Bilingual Memory Card Game (Un memorama bilingüe) | Live Colorful

A few days back I shared my first article on latinamom.me. It’s a DIY printable bilingual memory card game that is perfect to entertain and play with kiddos this summer.

Memory card games were my favorite board games when I was a kid, I loved loved playing them with my cousins back in Mexico. So I decided to create a printable, using vocabulary in english and spanish, so the kids can have as much fun as I used to have when I was a kid, plus they will learn and play at the same time.

I would love to try it with Jax one of these days, but I think I’ll need to wait a couple more years until Jax at least understands the rules of the game. Until then I’m using them as flashcards to show him the images and reading him the words in both languages. This is also a great activity that you can do with your babies before bed.

Head over to latinamom.me for the full tutorial and printable — DIY Bilingual Memory Card Game