Board books are an important part of children’s first experiences with reading, so I choose them carefully. For example, these bilingual color books from publisher Gibbs Smith are a wonderful choice for young readers.
Series of Bilingual Color Books
This creative color series has 4 books, including Red/Rojo, Green/Verde, Blue/Azul and Yellow/Amarillo. With lovely illustrations, each book presents places, characters and objects connected by the title color and also by a series of events.
Bilingual Color Books: Key Words
The text consists of one word on each page, in English and Spanish. First, the word focuses the reader’s attention. Then, the clever illustrations build connections and a story line.
The concept for the books works perfectly! Take for example this sequence from Blue/Azul: a sapphire/zafiro ring falls through the sky/cielo into the waves/olas where it is swallowed by a fish/pez ..and the story continues.
The one-word-per-page text captures the essence of the story, so you can tell it in Spanish or English, expanding the vocabulary you use as they grow.
You can also use the text to introduce vocabulary in a second language. Because there is a context – both the color and the story – this is an excellent way to learn new words.
Bilingual Color Books: Connections
The connections in the stories make these books irresistible. The color provides a unifying theme, and the connecting points are very clever. Children love to follow how a detail on one page becomes the focus of the next page. And the sequences are truly captivating!
In addition, the story lines have emotion and suspense, and are as intriguing for older kids and adults as they are for little ones. As you’ll see, children ask to read these enchanting bilingual color books again and again.
I encourage you to check out the excellent selection of books available from Gibbs Smith, and to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These bilingual color books are just a few of their many wonderful titles.