Summer Reading and Activities with English Learners

Are you looking for books for English Learners to keep kids reading all summer long? Below is a list of bilingual books to help Spanish speaking kids develop their interest in reading and also learn English at the same time. Many bilingual books can be turned into activities for kids to do with their parents, so that their parents also … Read More

The Secret Lives of Bilingual Books on Huff Post

As published on Huffington Post March 31, 2015 Many Americans are familiar with well-known mainstream children’s books such as the Dr. Seuss series, Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. But what about Americans who come from another culture, speak another language or are bilingual? What children’s books are there for them and their families? This group, until recently, … Read More

How to Involve Latino Parents in the School-Going Culture

How to Involve Latino Parents in the School-Going Culture The key is to be cost-effective and specific in your efforts. You know there is a big gap in the test scores of Latino children and their counterparts. And you know that you must involve parents to help close this gap. All of your parent involvement efforts must be very specific … Read More

Texas Library Association selects two Lectura Books’ bilingual titles

Texas Library Association recently announced their Tejas Star Reading List for 2014-2015 selection and two of Lectura Books’ bilingual book titles made the list! Letters Forever Letters Forever – Letters Forever is an Elementary bilingual book about a young girl in San Antonio, Texas who misses her grandfather, who lives in Vera Cruz, Mexico. One day, she cannot take it … Read More

A. Providence Talks – Putting the Research into Practice

A. Providence Talks – Putting the Research into Practice A new idea is taking hold throughout America. The earlier and the more often you talk to your baby, the better. The evidence is clear. According to research conducted by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley and published in their book, Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children … Read More

Born to Read: A New Program in St. Louis Gives Free Books

Born to Read: A New Program in St. Louis Gives Free Books to Newborns St. Louis County Public Library has announced a new program called “Born to Read” that will provide free baby board books to as many as 8,000 newborns at four local hospitals participating in the program. Set to launch in January 2015, the program aims to encourage … Read More

Public School Dual Language Programs on the Rise

Public School Dual Language Programs on the Rise Recent reports in the New York Times and Chalkbeat New York track the rise of dual language programs in public schools. The dual language programs promote biliteracy and positive cross-cultural understanding in our increasingly multicultural and interdependent world. Chalkbeat New York reported that Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language … Read More

Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents to Improve Family Reading

The most important skill that a student can learn is how to read in English. Learning to read becomes the avenue to all other academic skills and successes. Becoming a reader is an easier process when parents are involved. This is especially true for English language learners whose parents are primarily Spanish speakers. In essence, the key to parent involvement … Read More

Teacher Gives Secret for Unlocking English for ELLs

A teacher of ELLs in Arkansas recently offered his “secret sauce” for unlocking English for ELLs in his school. Justin Minkel is a first-grade teacher at Jones Elementary in northwest Arkansas. It’s a public school and his experience is a case study in how to “unlock” English for ELLs. 85 percent of his students speak English as a second language. … Read More

The Oldest House in the USA – Award-Winning Finalist for 2014 USA Book Awards

The Oldest House in the USA was named an award-winning finalist in the Children’s Non-Ficiton category for the 2014 USA Book Awards: The story is about the oldest house in the Untied States located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and written by Kat Aragon, was first built in the 13th century and inhabited by indigenous people and Spanish settlers. It … Read More