Reading Ahead – Bilingual Books (November/December 2008)

Our thanks to everyone who offered comments on the September/October 2008 Bilingual Books post! We now have a very nice collection of books for readers at various ages. Click the book’s title to visit our website. Click cover to connect with a bookseller. The Reading Tub uses its earnings from purchases to donate books to at-risk readers and keep the website subscription-free.

Marco Flamingo written and illustrated by Sheila Jarkins. This is an excellent book for learning to read in either English or Spanish. Marco is adorable as a flamingo wearing a scarf. (Raven Tree Press, 2008) Reading Level 2.7

Teach Me … Everyday Mandarin Chinese, Volume 1 written by Judy Mahoney and illustrated by Patrick Girouard. This is a picture book/CD set that uses familiar children’s songs as a foundation for building language. (Teach Me Tapes, Inc. 2008)

We Are Girls Who Love to Run / Somos Chicas y A Nosotras Nos Encanta Correr written by Brianna K. Grant, illustrated by Nicholas A. Wright, translated by Ana C. Venegas. This full-text bilingual book blends affirmations and a story about the benefits of running. (Balanced Steps, LLC, 2008) Reading Level 3.7

Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale retold by Mary-Joan Gerson, illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. There are eight Mexican folktales in this collection. The text is predominantly English, with Spanish blended in. There is a pronunciation guide for words and phrases in the back. (Barefoot Books, 2001) Reading Level 4.1

The Frog in the Well retold by Irene Y. Tsai, illustrations by Pattie Caprio, Chinese translation by Joyce Lin. Each page has one, simple sentence in both English and Chinese. (Mandarin). This looks like a title that would have value whether you’re learning Chinese or English. (CE Bilingual Books, LLC) 2008) Reading level 1.3