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    Provo Library has a good collection of Spanish materials, and quite a few bilingual dictionaries in a variety of languages, but it does not really collect other foreign language materials.  There are, however a number of picture books that just happen to be bilingual.  The language most often represented is Chinese.  Since there are a lot of people in Provo with an interest in Chinese, especially through the dual emersion program at Wasatch Elementary, and since Chinese New Year is coming up, I thought I might post a list of Chinese/English picture books. 

    FULLY BILINGUAL  

    MULAN: A STORY IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH
    By Li Jian
    (2014)
    THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY: TALES FROM THE CHINESE ZODIAC
    By Oliver Chin
    (2016)   
    THE LITTLE MONKEY KING’S JOURNEY
    By Li Jian
    (2013)   
    THE SHEEP BEAUTY
    By Li Jian 
    (2015)
    ZHENG HE, THE GREAT CHINESE EXPLORER
    By Li Jian 
    (2015)
    THE WATER DRAGON
    By Li Jian 
    (2012)

    SMALL PICTURE BOOKS (BOARD BOOKS)  

    HURRY HOME HEDGEHOG!
    By Belle Yang  
    (2015) 
    SQUIRREL ROUND AND ROUND
    By Belle Yang 
    (2015)

    BOOKS WITH JUST A FEW CHARACTERS  

    THE LEGEND OF THE COWBOY NINJA BEAR
    By David Bruins 
    (2009)
    IN THE SNOW
    By Huy Voun Lee
    (1995) 
    IN THE LEAVES 
    By Huy Voun Lee 
    (2005)
    BEYOND THE GREAT MOUNTAINS
    By Ed Young 
    (2005)
    SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER
    By Ed Young 
    (2015)
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    Provo Library carries quite a few Spanish materials. On the children’s side, we often get parents wanting bilingual books in Spanish and English to help younger patrons learn a second language while they’re small. Like our patrons, our Spanish collection isn’t the biggest, but we’re growing! We even have bilingual board books to start breaking language barriers early. Here are five bilingual board books you can find in the children’s Spanish section.

    baby animalsBABY ANIMALS - BEBÉS ANIMALES
    by Say and Play Bilingual
    (2012)  

    This adorable board book taught me that “duckling” in Spanish is “patito.” Cute in both languages! This board book keeps it simple: each page has one baby animal with both its English and Spanish name.

    oink moo meowOINK, MOO, MEOW - OINK, MUU, MIAU
    by Say and Play Bilingual
    (2012)

    Another by Say and Play Bilingual, but this book takes it to the next level. Each page still features one animal, but it’s focused on the animal sounds. Learn that the frog says Ribbit! in English, but la rana dice ¡Croac! en Espanol. It’s a great intellectual exercise to realize that even animal sounds are portrayed differently in different languages and countries.  

    mis numerosMY NUMBERS - MIS NUMEROS
    by Rebecca Emberley
    (2000)

    This simple board book introduces readers to numeros uno a diez. As a bonus, each number corresponds with an everyday object. Five carrots becomes cinco zanahorias and seven stars becomes siete estrellas.  

    a color of his ownA COLOR OF HIS OWN - SU PROPIO COLOR
    by Leo Lionni
    (2016)

    The Chameleon realizes every animal and plant can claim a color except him. He feels pretty lonely without a color to call his own until the day he meets another chameleon who explains that they can change color together! This classic story is told in English with Spanish translations on each page.  

    don quixoteDON QUIXOTE: A SPANISH LANGUAGE PRIMER
    by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver
    (2015)

    These BabyLit classics crack me up! In board book format, each “classic” uses a notable literary work to explain a simple concept. Some focus on counting or opposites; this one highlights Spanish. You’ll learn that Don Quixote is a man or el hombre, that windmills are also los molinos de viento, and that the faithful Sancho Panza is Don Quixote’s friend or amigo. The illustrations in this series are some of my favorite.

     

  • Our juvenile Spanish collection has a great selection and is always growing. Whether you want authentic literature, a translation of your favorite English title, or more bilingual books, come check out our materiales en Español.

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    Find them in the catalog: 

    MY DIARY FROM HERE TO THERE/ MI DIARIO DE AQUI HASTA ALLA

    GOOD DREAM BAD DREAM/ SUEÑO BUENO SUEÑO MALO

    DON QUIXOTE: A SPANISH LANGUAGE PRIMER