Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Biblioabrazo, a great blog in Spanish

Recently I discovered Biblioabrazo, a blog with just the right words to draw us in to their conversation about books: “Entra, la puerta está abierta para participar, leer, descubrir y pasar un buen rato juntos.” (Come in, our door is open to participate, read, discover and spend a good time together.) Doing just what they promise, along with their beautiful graphics, the blog showcases excellent books in Spanish which might be missed by people like me living in the United States. By signing up with your email, you can receive a post with captions of their blog entries which discuss beautiful picture books in Spanish. See their discussion posted on Jan 10th where Diario secreto de Pulgarcito, by Phillippe Lechermeier and Rebecca Dautremer is discussed. Note: After trying unsuccessfully several times to link Biblioabrazo's page here, I am opting to just post the link so you can copy & paste to get there. http://biblioabrazo.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/diario-secreto-de-pulgarcito-philippe-lechermeier-y-rebecca-dautremer/

However, the problem with the lack of availability of these great books in the United States continues. Here is the latest of the many answers I have received when I have tried to purchase books in Spanish:

So far, only a few bookstores or publishing companies will sell these books to interested book lovers in the United States. How can we build bridges to get these books to our children in the US who speak Spanish? According to a Pew Research Center survey done in 2011, "A record 37.6 million persons ages 5 years and older speak Spanish at home" in the United States. It is our duty, as librarians, book lovers, children's literature fans, to get these jewels in the hands of children.

Please share sites or companies who are willing to help us build the bridge to get these books into children's hands.

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