Books Diversity Reading Challenge resources

Hola Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

“The whole world does not speak English”

Think about that statement for a second. What do you mean the whole world doesn’t speak English? Well, if you’re a kid, you might not have ever thought about that. And if you’re not a kid, maybe you didn’t realize it either. Regardless of your age my new friend Judy wants to help you learn Spanish.

And I think learning Spanish is a great idea. I learned French growing up and while it was fun to practice the language in France, I rarely use it. I lived in Texas for 10 years and would realized how much better off I would have been if I’d learned Spanish instead. So, here I am, a grown up, trying to learn Spanish.

Fortunately, my friend Judy has this great book called Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.

Hola! Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

I love this way of learning because along with a book there’s a website to help you practice your Spanish speaking. So, if you’re a visual learner or an listening learner, you’re sure to learn from this book. The lessons are given in story form: Pete the Pilot takes you on a journey to Mexico and teaches you the things you’ll need to know in order to function on your trip. On the website: you will hear Maria, a native Spanish (Mexican, not Spain) speaker, pronounce the words for you.

It’s a super easy way to learn Spanish! I love the book because the story contains friendly, child like illustrations, and easy sentences with words we will actually use if we were in Mexico. During the book, we attend a party with a pinata filled with los caramelos and meet a new friend, Panchito, the jumping bean. So much cute! The back of the book is like a glossary with conversational skill practices to help you use the words you heard in the story.

I had a jumping bean when I was a kid so meeting Panchito in the story was a cute little bit of nostalgia. The back of the book also contains vocabulary words, geography, and other resources to extend your learning.

It’s muy bien!


Tu Eres Mi Te Quiero: You Are My I Love You

Hola! That’s Spanish for Hello! But if you speak Spanish you already knew that, right? I want to share a lovely book with you that is now BILINGUAL!

Tu Eeres Mi Te Quiero


Isn’t the cover delightful? The original title is You are my I Love You, a delightful tale of a Bear telling his baby how they complement each other: “I am your calm face; you are my giggle. I am your wait; you are my wiggle. ”

Isn’t that adorable? Now that it’s bilingual, parents and children can read it together; an especially fun activity for those learning a second language. “Yo soy tu calma; tu eres mi risa. Yo soy tu espero; tu eres mi meneo. ”

As the kiddies are graduating from preschool through college, now is the perfect time to reflect on those sweet moments of childhood.

What bilingual books do you like to share with your little ones?