Maria Had a Little Llama (Pura Belpre Honor Book) by #ownvoices Angela Dominguez
In this spin of Mary had a little lamb, Mary is Maria and she has a llama instead of a lamb. The background pictures are a lovely introduction to the culture of Peru.
The Empanadas that Abuela Made by #ownvoices Diane Gonzales Bertrand and #ownvoices Alex Pardo DeLange
This rhythmic book plays off the nursery rhyme, The House that Jack Built. A celebration of food and family that lilts off the tongue.
How Do You Say? by #ownvoices Angela Dominguez
This book is so simple it could be used for a bilingual toddler story time. On each page a giraffe says a word in English and the other giraffe repeats it in Spanish.
My Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral by #ownvoices Monica Brown and #ownvoices John Parra
This simple biography celebrates the life of the first Latina to win the Nobel Prize. Born in Chile she fell in love with words and sounds at an early age and became a poet, writer, teacher and world traveler.
Flannel Board Activity:
We’ll be counting ovejas (sheep) to go with Maria had a Little Lamb and going over the colors in Spanish.
Bate, Bate Chocolate.
Uno, dos, tres, CHO! One, two, three, CHO!
Uno, dos, tres, CO! One, two, three, CO!
Uno, dos, tres, LA! One, two, three, LA!
Uno, dos, tres, TE! One, two, three, TE!
Bate, bate, chocolate! Stir, stir, the chocolate!
Bate, bate, CHOCOLATE! Stir, stir, CHOCOLATE!
Pretend the scarves are tortillas by slapping them back and forth in your hands. Tell the kids we are going to make some for mom and dad then say this little rhyme.
Tortillitas para mamá
Tortillitas para papá
Las calientitas para mamá
Las doraditas para papá
Credit: The Latinx Librarian
We enjoy Los Manos throughout the year, even when it’s not Hispanic Heritage Month, so I pulled it out again for this story time.
Saco una manito. La hago bailar, / I take out one hand. I make it dance. (Do a parade wave)
La cierro, la abro y la vuelvo a guardar. / I close it, I open it, and I put it away again. (close and open hand and put it in your lap)
Saco la otra manito. La hago bailar, / I take out the other hand. I make it dance. (Do a parade wave with the 2nd hand)
La cierro, la abro y la vuelvo a guardar. / I close it, I open it, and I put it away again. (close and open 2nd hand and put it in your lap)
Saco las dos manitos. Las hago bailar, / I take out two hands. I make them dance. (Both hands parade wave)
Las cierro, las abro y las vuelvo a guardar. / I close them, I open them, and I put them away again. (Both hands close, open, put in lap)
We are going to do the Mexican folk art sun craft that I found here.