African American history is the history of this nation, yet it is rarely present in our Spanish language children’s books. The wonderful Ana & Andrew series by Christine Platt is an important exception. The adventures of Ana and Andrew will delight young readers as they learn about African American history in Spanish.
Christine Platt’s Ana & Andrew series is published by ABDO Publishing, a sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. MCBD, coming Jan. 31, highlights diverse books and works to get them into classrooms. Many thanks to ABDO Publishing for sending me these fabulous books to share with my readers!
Ana and Andrew live with their parents in Washington D.C., and they have family in Savannah, Georgia and Trinidad. The series follows their adventures as they explore, travel and learn about African American history and culture.
Ana & Andrew – Un día en el museo
In Ana & Andrew Un día en el museo, the family visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The story does an wonderful job of communicating the importance of the museum and the pride the family feels as they learn about the history and achievements of African Americans. You can read more about the book and purchase it from ABDO publishing: Ana y Andrew Un día en el museo.
I have to admit that living in D.C., this book has a special place in my heart. From the metro, to the Washington monument, to the National Mall, D.C. author Christine Platt gives readers a wonderful taste of the city. Of course, at the center is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, captured beautifully in the story and the illustrations.
African American History in Spanish
The other Spanish language books in the series are Ana & Andrew El verano en Savannah, Ana & Andrew Bailando en el Carnaval, and Ana & Andrew Un día de nieve. Each of the titles presents important aspects of African American history and culture in the context of engaging family adventures.
Check out all the four titles in the Ana & Andrew series in Spanish. The series in English has eight titles available.
Black history should be part of our curriculum every day. That is why I strongly believe this series belongs in all elementary classrooms. With the Spanish language titles available, that includes immersion and FLES programs.
I hope you’ll check out the Ana & Andrew series. In either language, these are engaging stories and important books to have on our shelves.