Sep 172021
 
 September 17, 2021  Book Reviews, Hispanic Heritage Month, Literacy, parenting Comments Off on Pura Belpré: Latinx Heritage Month

Pura Belpré was a champion storyteller and the first Puerto Rican/Latina librarian in New York City, but many of us only know her name from the award named in her honor. This Latinx Heritage Month (Hispanic Heritage Month) learn more about the trailblazing woman behind the famous children’s book award. Scroll down for a review of a new children’s book about her life!

Pura Belpré: Latinx Heritage Month | Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. I received a complimentary copy of some of the books below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.

Pura Belpré: Latinx Heritage Month

Pura Belpré had a gift for stories and an especial love for tales from her native Puerto Rico. But when she became a children’s librarian in New York (the first Latina library in New York City), she saw that these stories were not being told to the children.

Pura Belpré filled that gap by telling the cuentos (or stories) that she grew up with. She also saw that many of the children of other immigrant families were not participating in the library and made an effort to invite and include them as well.

One of her innovative ideas was to create bilingual story times, something we have personally benefited from. She was the first librarian to hold bilingual story times in New York!

Today her legacy is honored in the Pura Belpré Award, given annually to the Latinx illustrator and author whose work best celebrates the Latinx experience. Here are the 2021 winners:

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat (World of ¡Vamos!) (Read my review of other titles by the same author)

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

Efrén Divided

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Furia

Pura Belpré: New Children’s Book

And for a lovely new book about Pura Belpré herself!

Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories is a wonderful way to share the story of this Latinx heroine with children. This beautiful book pays tribute to this pioneering librarian, who made such a difference for so many children, not just in New York City but throughout the country. It tells of her early love of stories and her journey to bringing those stories into the library, and in turn bringing more children into the library as well.

The vibrant illustrations capture Belpré’s joy for storytelling, catching the reader up in the same enthusiasm that the children in the library must have felt on the rug at story time. The story of Pura Belpré is a wonderful way to teach our children the power of stories to bridge cultures.

And next Wednesday, September 22, at 3 pm ET, be sure to watch my interview – in English and Spanish! – of the both author and illustrator of this book: Annette Bay Pimentel and Magaly Morales. 

Sep 272018
 
 September 27, 2018  Book Reviews, Hispanic Heritage Month, multiculturalism, music Comments Off on Latin American Music to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to share some of the many treasures of Latin American music with your children! Latin musical traditions are so rich and multifaceted, that it is sometimes hard to know where to begin! Here are some wonderful new picture books that celebrate Latin American music, from lullabies to rock and roll.

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the products below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.

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Latin American Music to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

To start at the very beginning, in more ways than one, you really should go back to nursery rhymes and lullabies. They are the beginning of Latin American music because they have been enjoyed for so many generations, and because they are the first melodies that many children in Latin America hear, often in the lap of a loved one.

The Hummingbird Sings and Dances – Latin-American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes, also in a Spanish edition, makes these wonderful songs from throughout the Americas available to a wider audience. 19 beloved lullabies and nursery rhymes are beautifully illustrated in the picture book and performed on the accompanying CD for a new generation to enjoy.

They range from the lively La víbora de la mar from Mexico to the gentle Duerme negrito from Cuba. (Keep in mind that many of these songs are enjoyed in more than one country, but the country mentioned is the one whose version is shared here).

It is perfect for non-native speakers like me, who didn’t grow up with these nursery rhymes and lullabies. With the CD, I can assure that my children hear the original songs as they were meant to be sung, plus the full lyrics (in English and Spanish) are at the back, so that we can learn to sing them ourselves.

But Latin American music isn’t just about lullabies. It is also about finding expression through modern media like electric guitars. Few Latin American musicians embody this spirit of fearless innovation like the legendary Carlos Santana, who forged his own path by creating a unique blend of Latin, European, and African influences. Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World celebrates this giant of Latin American music by telling the story of Santana’s early years. It is a story of perseverance in difficult circumstances but also about the struggle to find your own voice.

Santana was heavily influenced by his father, a mariachi musician whom young Carlos admired greatly. Yet he also realized early on that his path was different from that of his father. He felt no joy in playing mariachi and wanted to experiment with new sounds rather than playing the same songs over and over.

Despite his misgivings, Carlos’ father eventually gave his son a used electric guitar, which would change the path of the teenager’s life – and modern music – forever.

The artwork of the book is stunning and uniquely suited to Santana’s style. In fact, the artist was the same that Santana commissioned to create the iconic cover of his Shaman album.

What is your favorite style of Latin American music?

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2018 | Multicultural Kid BlogsWe are so excited for our seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Month series! Now through October 15, you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!

Find even more ideas on our Latin America Pinterest board:

September 17
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Three Course Meal Your Kids Can Make to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 18
Mundo de Pepita: Celebrate el Día de la Patria en Chile

September 19
Embracing Diversity: 10 Dominican Sayings that Hold Wisdom and Cultura

September 20
MommyMaestra: Puerto Rico Coloring Activity

September 21
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

September 24
Hispanic Mama: 5 Films Based in Latin America that Impacted Me
Pura Vida Moms: 13 Spanish Netflix Shows for Kids

September 25
For the Love of Spanish: Barefoot Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 26
All Done Monkey

September 27
Crafty Moms Share

September 28
Spanish Mama on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 1
Spanish Playground

October 2
Kids Spanish Book Club

October 3
LadydeeLG

October 4
Kid World Citizen

October 5
Mama Tortuga

October 8
Kids Spanish Book Club

October 9
La Clase de Sra. Dufault

October 10
Embracing Diversity

October 11
Recetas Latinas Veganas

October 12
Little Nomadas on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 15
Hispanic Mama on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017


Sep 262017
 

Hispanic Heritage Month is here, and it’s one of my favorite times of year! Not only do I get to throw a virtual party with my blogger friends (see below for details on our big HHM series and giveaway), but it’s such a fun excuse to celebrate Hispanic heritage with my kids! While we often do crafts and read books, I also really love getting them in the kitchen to make some traditional recipes! So whether you are hosting a cultural event, teaching a group of students, or cooking with your kids at home, here is a collection of some wonderful Hispanic Heritage Month recipes to try!

60+ Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes to Try with Kids | Alldonemonkey.com

Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes to Try with Kids

I’ll never forget returning to the US after a year in Bolivia, and so many people commented to me, “You must be so tired of eating tacos!” It seems funny now, but at the time it was slightly incomprehensible: Bolivia is thousands of miles and an entire continent away from Mexico, so my friends in Bolivia had little concept of what tacos were or how they should taste. Despite some commonalities, the cultures and cuisines of Latin America are incredibly varied. Hopefully this list will give you an idea of just how diverse these food traditions are.

We hope you enjoy cooking these Hispanic Heritage Month recipes with your kiddos! Let us know in the comments your favorite dish to cook from Latin America.

Argentina

Panqueques con Dulce de Leche (Dulce de Leche Crepes), Tara’s Multicultural Table

Pastel de Papa con Eliote (Potato and Corn Casserole)Global Table Adventure

Bolivia

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)Crafty Moms Share

EmpanadasAll Done Monkey

Leche Asada (Baked Milk Custard)Global Table Adventure

Chile

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies)Global Table Adventure

Ensalada (Simple Salad)Kid World Citizen

Colombia

Arepuelas (Crepes)Mama Tortuga

Pandebonos (Cheese Bread)Compras y Hogar

Pasteles de Yuca y Arracacha (Cassava Cakes)Mama Tortuga

SancochoCompras y Hogar

Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)Mama Tortuga

Costa Rica

Arepas (Pancakes)Pura Vida Moms

Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice)Pura Vida Moms

Atol de Avena (Oatmeal Steamer)All Done Monkey

Atol de Naranja (Orange Pudding)All Done Monkey

EmpanadasAll Done Monkey

Ensalada Rusa (Beet Salad)All Done Monkey

Pañuelo (Cream Filled Turnover)Pura Vida Moms

Tamarindo Juice PopsAll Done Monkey

Tres Leches CakePura Vida Moms

Cuba

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)De Su Mamá

Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice), De Su Mamá

Fritura de Bacaloa (Codfish Fritters), De Su Mamá

Hot Pressed Pork SandwichGlobal Table Adventure

Mango MilkshakeAll Done Monkey

Pastelitos de Carne (Stuffed Meat Pies), De Su Mamá

Torticas (Sugar Cookies)Crafty Moms Share

Ecuador

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)Hispanic Mama

Espumilla (Guava Meringue Cream)Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

HumitaHispanic Mama

Pan de Yuca (Gluten-Free Cheesy Bread)Ladydeelg

Torta de Choclo (Corn Cake)Ladydeelg

El Salvador

Atol de Elote (Creamy Sweet Corn Drink)Global Table Adventure

PupusasKid World Citizen

Quesadilla (Sweet Breakfast Cake)Global Table Adventure

Guatemala

Hot CocoaGlobal Table Adventure

Honduras

Tortas de Plátano (Plantain and Cheese Turnovers)Global Table Adventure

México

Agua Fresca con Fresa (Strawberry Drink)El Mundo de Pepita

Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin)Kid World Citizen

Cochinita Pibil Tacos (Achiote Pork Tacos)Kid World Citizen

Corn TortillasDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

Creamy Green SalsaPura Vida Moms

Fresh Fruit and Veggie SnacksKid World Citizen

Hot ChocolateMommyMaestra

Mango Jícama SaladMommyMaestra

Paletas (Popsicles)Kid World Citizen

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)MommyMaestra

Pico de Gallo (Salsa)El Mundo de Pepita

Pumpkin Noosa Cupcakes for Día de los MuertosPura Vida Moms

Tinga de Pollo (Chicken Tinga)Kid World Citizen

Panamá

Tostones (Plantain Chips)Global Table Adventure

Paraguay

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cookies)Global Table Adventure

Sopa Paraguayo (Cheesy Cornbread)Global Table Adventure

Perú

CevicheHispanic Mama

Lomo Saltado (Beef Stir Fry)All Done Monkey

Mazamorra Morada (Purple Corn Pudding)Crafty Moms Share

Potatoes with Ocopa SauceKid World Citizen

Salchipapas (Sausages and Potatoes)Tara’s Multicultural Table

Puerto Rico

Kid-Friendly Piña ColadaDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

Limber de Oreo Frozen TreatDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

Mofongo with Spanish OlivesMulticultural Kid Blogs

Uruguay

Pasta con Salsa Caruso (Pasta with Caruso Sauce)Tara’s Multicultural Table

Venezuela

Cachapas (Corn Cakes with Cheese)Global Table Adventure

Tequeños con Salsa Guasacaca (Cheese Sticks with Green Sauce), Tara’s Multicultural Table

What are your favorite Hispanic Heritage Month recipes?

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2017 | Multicultural Kid BlogsWe are so excited for our sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month series and giveaway! Through the month (September 15 – October 15), you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can enter to win in our great giveaway and link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!

September 15
Embracing Diversity on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 10 Fun Facts About Dominican Republic

September 18
Spanish Mama: Nazca Lines – Exploratory Art Project

September 19
Hispanic Mama: Fun Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Your Children

September 20
Inspired by Family: 16 Great Children’s Books About South America

September 21
Spanish Mama: Folk Songs in Spanish

September 25
Spanish Playground: Food from Latin America Infographic Picture Cards Activities

September 26
All Done Monkey: 60+ Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes to Try with Kids

September 27
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Hispanic Inspired Crafts for Kids

September 28
Kid World Citizen

September 29
Pura Vida Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 2
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 5
Spanglish House

October 6
Mama Tortuga

October 12
Tiny Tapping Toes

Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway!

Giveaway begins September 15 and goes through October 15, 2017. Enter below for a chance to win one of these amazing prize packages! Some prizes have shipping restrictions. In the event that a winner lives outside the designated shipping area, that prize will then become part of the following prize package. For more information, read our full giveaway rules.

Hispanic Heritage Month Series and Giveaway 2017 Grand Prize | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Grand Prize

From Mariana Iranzi: A digital copy of her new CD Primavera
From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only
From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Arriba Abajo (digital copy if outside the US)
From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only
From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US)
From World Music with Daria: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Musical Craft and Coloring E-Book
From Gus on the Go: Spanish Alphabet Print (US Shipping Only) & single-use promo code for Spanish for kids language app
From Lectura Para Niños: A set of printable little readers, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet. Designed to last the entire school year, with one new book each week plus several review weeks included throughout the set

Hispanic Heritage Month Series and Giveaway 2017 | Multicultural Kid Blogs

1st Prize

From Mariana Iranzi: A digital copy of her new CD Primavera
From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only
From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Arriba Abajo (digital copy if outside the US)
From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only
From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US)
From World Music with Daria: Set of maracas and a Spanish fan – US Shipping Only
From Gus on the Go: Spanish Alphabet Print (US Shipping Only) & single-use promo code for Spanish for kids language app

Hispanic Heritage Month Series and Giveaway 2017 2nd Prize | Multicultural Kid Blogs

2nd Prize

From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only
From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés! (digital copy if outside the US)
From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only
From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US)
From Lee and Low Books: Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad; Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris; Mamá the Alien/Mamá la extraterreste; Marisol McDonald and the Monster/Marisol McDonald y el monstruo – US Shipping Only

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3rd Prize

From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US)
From Sarah Aroeste: A copy of the new Ladino/English bilingual picture book Ora de Despertar/Time to Wake UpUS Shipping Only
From Arte Público Press: Picture books Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer! / Esteban de Luna, ¡rescatador de bebés!, The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, Dalia’s Wondrous Hair / El cabello maravilloso de Dalia, Grandma’s Chocolate / El chocolate de Abuelita, I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balón, Level Up / Paso de nivel, A Surprise for Teresita / Una sorpresa para TeresitaUS Shipping Only

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Bonus Prizes

We are giving away an extra copy of the CD Mundo Verde/Green World from Mister G (US Shipping Only) and up to 10 digital downloads of this brand new album: Watch a video of the title track!

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 October 1, 2015  Book Reviews, California, Education, Hispanic Heritage Month, multiculturalism, raising world citizens Comments Off on Hispanic Heritage in California: Children’s Books

Hispanic Heritage in California: Children's Books | Alldonemonkey.com

Living in California means inheriting a rich Hispanic heritage, from the state’s historic missions to modern day poets and activists.  Below are wonderful children’s books we have discovered about Hispanics in California.  As can be expected, many of them focus on struggles for equality and making sense of migration.

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Children’s Books about Hispanic Heritage in California

It is fitting to begin with a book from California’s own Juan Felipe Herrera, recently named US Poet Laureate, the first Latino to achieve this honor.  Calling the Doves: El canto de las palomas and its sequel The Upside Down Boy: El niño de cabeza tell of Herrera’s childhood as the son of Mexican-American migrant farm workers in the fields of California.  In Calling the Doves, Herrera pays tribute to his parents, who taught him a love for the earth and the magic of language itself.

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet In Spanish And English, which I just accidentally came across in our library, was actually the book that inspired me to create this book list.  It is a celebration of life working on California’s farms, through simple poems for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.  Farm workers are still stigmatized today, so I love that the author shows us what is beautiful about this way of life.  It is a wonderful way for all children to come to appreciate those that harvest our foods, and I can only imagine what an emotional boost this would be for migrant children to read.

In First Day In Grapes young readers learn about some of the difficulties of faced by children of migrant farm workers.  As his family moves up and down California harvesting fruits and vegetables, Chico is forever starting at a new school, with teachers and classmates who often snub him.  Third grade looks to be different, however, until a group of bullies confronts Chico and he learns to draw on his own inner strength and creativity to resolve the conflict.

Of course, no article about Hispanic heritage in California would be complete without mentioning César Chávez, the champion of migrant farm workers. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez is a beautiful tribute to Chávez and won the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor.  It tells of his early childhood on his family’s tranquil farm in Arizona and the drought that forced them and many others into a life in the farm labor camps in central California.  It also shows his progression from a child in the fields to a full-time worker himself and finally a leader for change.  It culminates in the historic march to Sacramento that resulted in the first labor contract for farm workers in the United States.  A similar book is the more recent A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez, which incorporates Chávez’s own words into the text and includes a timeline of his life.  For more on this topic, I also recommend Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers and Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

 

There has been a lot of buzz about Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’’s Fight for Desegregation, so I was glad to finally get a chance to read it for myself.  This award-winning book is a real treasure, based on the author’s own interviews with Sylvia Mendez, as well as court files and news accounts.  It tells of the not well known 1945 lawsuit against segregated schools in Orange County.  In 1947, the court ruled in favor of the Mexican-American families and soon after the Governor of California Earl Warren signed desegregation into law.  (Warren became Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and presided over the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case, which desegregated schools throughout the US).

A more contemporary story of activism is ¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A., based on the successful Los Angeles strike in 2000.  Told through the eyes of a worker’s young son, this award-winning book is a wonderful way of talking to children about current labor issues facing many Hispanic workers in California today.

From North to South: Del Norte al Sur tackles the difficult subject of family separation due to deportation.  José misses his mother, who was deported to Mexico two weeks earlier for not having the proper papers.  He is thrilled when he and his father are finally able to visit her at a shelter for women and children in Tijuana.  The author, who is also an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, based the story on the experiences of many of his students and is donating a portion of his royalties to the refuge in Tijuana showcased in the book, where many women and children stay as they wait to be reunited with their families on the other side of the border.

I must admit that one of the reasons I love this book is that it is one of the few I found that does not focus on immigration or the plight of farm workers. Instead, Chato’s Kitchen introduces us to one of the coolest cats in East LA, who has his eye on a family of plump mice that have moved into his barrio.  This lively book and its sequel Chato and the Party Animals are a fun way to explore contemporary life in East Los Angeles.

Many children will be able to relate to this story of a young Mexican-American girl who just wants a little space to herself.  Based on the author’s own California childhood, it is a tale of the strength of family and a young girl’s need to stretch her wings.

Another wonderful book from this author-illustrator pair is My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, which relates a young girl’s journey with her family from Mexico to Los Angeles in search of better opportunities.  Through her fears and uncertainties she learns the power of her family’s love and of her own belief in herself.

When Jorgito’s family moves to San Francisco from El Salvador, he eases his home sickness through creating “movies in his pillow” each night to remember his native country. Based on the author’s own childhood memories, A Movie in My Pillow: Una película en me almohada (English and Spanish Edition) is a lovely book of poetry about imagination, home, and family.

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2015 | Multicultural Kid BlogsThis post is part of the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month series and giveaway! Through the month (September 15 – October 15), you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can enter to win in our great giveaway and link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!

Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway!

Giveaway begins Monday, September 14 and goes through October 15, 2015.

Enter below for a chance to win one of these amazing prize packages! Some prizes have shipping restrictions. In the event that a winner lives outside the designated shipping area, that prize will then become part of the following prize package. For more information, read our full giveaway rules.

Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway: Grand Prize

Grand Prize

Home Learning Series Level A Curriculum from Calico Spanish US Shipping Only

Puzzle and app from Mundo Lanugo US Shipping Only

Sheet of Mexico themed nail wraps from Jamberry US & Canada Shipping Only

Complete set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books (15 countries) from Carole P. Roman US Shipping Only

Large Latin American prize basket (scarves, purse, bracelets, books, map) from Spanish Playground US Shipping Only

Growing Up Pedro & Mango, Abuela, and Me (in English or Spanish) from Candlewick Press US & Canada Shipping Only

The Giraffe That Ate the Moon and Caroline’s Color Dreams (bilingual books in English and Spanish) from Bab’l Books US, UK, & Europe Shipping Only

Bienvenidas las raras (bilingual book in English and Spanish) from Delia Berlin

Los Animales CD from Mister G US Shipping Only

Hola Hello CD from Mariana Iranzi US Shipping Only

Bananagrams game in Spanish from Bananagrams US Shipping Only

Kids’ T-shirt from Ellie Elote US Shipping Only

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First Prize

Perú, México and Portugal books from the If You Were Me and Lived In… series from Carole P. Roman US Shipping Only

Smaller Latin American prize basket (scarves, purse, bracelets) from Spanish Playground US Shipping Only

Bienvenidas las raras (bilingual book in English and Spanish) from Delia Berlin

Los Animales CD from Mister G US Shipping Only

Hola Hello CD from Mariana Iranzi US Shipping Only

Bananagrams game in Spanish from Bananagrams US Shipping Only

3 picture books: Finding the Music/En pos de la música by Jennifer Torres Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube by Pat Mora The Upside Down Boy/ El niño de cabeza by Juan Felipe Herrera (in honor of his recently being named the Poet Laureate) from Lee and Low Books US Shipping Only

3 board books: 3 Board Books – Loteria, Zapata, Lucha Libre from Lil’ libros US Shipping Only

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage – Musical Craft and Coloring E-Book from Daria Marmaluk Hajioannou

Kid’s foreign language T-Shirt (available in Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Swahili, Hawaiian, Italian, in infant onesies, toddler and youth sizes tees and tanks; women’s tees and tanks SM-XL) from Mixed Up Clothing US Shipping Only

Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway: 2nd Prize

Second Prize

Perú, México and Portugal books from the If You Were Me and Lived In… series from Carole P. Roman US Shipping Only

Smaller Latin American prize basket (scarves, purse) from Spanish Playground US Shipping Only

2 picture books: Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya by Monica Brown Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez from Lee & Low books US Shipping Only

Bienvenidas las raras (bilingual book in English and Spanish) from Delia Berlin

Los Animales CD from Mister G US Shipping Only

Bananagrams game in Spanish from Bananagrams US Shipping Only

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage – Musical Craft and Coloring E-Book from Daria Marmaluk Hajioannou

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Costa Rica Craft: Carretas {Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop} | Alldonemonkey.com

Today is Independence Day in Costa Rica, so we have had fun making a special Costa Rica craft!  If you have traveled to Costa Rica, chances are that you have seen the beautiful carretas, or ox-carts, that have become a popular form of folk art.  These carts, which once were necessary to carry coffee beans from the country’s central valley to the coast for export, are today used mainly as decoration.  Indeed, we have several miniature versions around our house, including a refrigerator magnet!

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Carreta on display at a hotel in Costa Rica.  Most are painted red, but all have beautiful designs like the ones shown here.

The carretas are recognized internationally.  In fact, in 2005 UNESCO declared the oxherding and oxcart tradition of Costa Rica as a masterpiece of the intangible heritage of humanity.  Here is more information (in Spanish) on this beautiful tradition, and here you can see a present-day carreta workshop.

So this past week the Monkeys and I have been hard at work to create our own carretas, to celebrate, as Monkey put it, Costa Rica’s birthday. (Costa Rica, along with most other territories in Central America, became independent from Spain on September 15, 1821).

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We started with two open cardboard boxes, which we gave a base coat of (mostly) red paint.  They also painted the wheels – Monkey with the traditional red and Little Monkey with his own design.  I had originally planned on using the tops of large yogurt containers, but the boys spotted some small paper plates in my craft bin and insisted on using those.  Because these aren’t as strong, I ended up gluing several together for each wheel and reinforcing them by gluing the yogurt lids to the underside.

The next day was designated for decoration, but I think the boys were not quite as excited as they had been the previous day, because after making a quick dot pattern on one side of his carreta, Monkey declared that he was finished, and Little Monkey soon followed suit.

Costa Rica Craft: Carretas {Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop} | Alldonemonkey.com

Still, there was renewed interest several days later when it was time to attach the wheels.  I made holes in the boxes and wheels with a knife, then threaded them together using sturdy straws as axles.

The fun thing about this craft is that you can actually play with it when you are done!  Next I plan to stabilize the wheels a bit more, but for the time being the Monkeys and I are satisfied with our tico-americano creation.  Happy Birthday, Costa Rica!

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Be sure to check out our craft last year – a Costa Rican farol (lantern)!  You can also find more great ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month on my De Colores board on Pinterest.

 

heritagemonthWelcome to the Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 22 of our member blogs! Don’t miss our amazing giveaway, and share your own posts at our linky!

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov)

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs (listed below) and follow our related Pinterest boards:

MKB HHM Twitter PartyDon’t miss our Twitter party “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Kids,” Tuesday, September 23, from 9 – 10 pm ET! Follow #mkbhhm to participate!

MKB Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop: Participating Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs

All Done Monkey

Spanish Playground

Kid World Citizen

Mommy Maestra

Inspired by Familia

Entre Compras y El Hogar

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

Spanglish House

Crafty Moms Share

Toddling in the Fast Lane

Mama Tortuga

Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Our Whole Village

Changing Plate

A Life With Subtitles

Spanish Mama

Pragmatic Mom

Daria’s Music

My Favorite Multicultural Books

Trilingual Mama

Mundo Lanugo

The Good Long Road

Ana & Zelli

Hispanic Heritage Month GIVEAWAY!

This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!

Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.

Grand Prize Package

Smart Play PadSmart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only.

Traditional Mexican toys and games.

A basket of fun from Escuela Falcón in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico. This prize includes educational games, ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, a hand-painted ceramic box, wooden toys, and a certificate for 5 hours of Skype Spanish lessons with Escuela Falcón.

LanugoA basket from Lanugo that includes Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials. US shipping only.

Spanish games for kids.

A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.

DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.

DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.

Bilingual poetry book from Lee and Low.

Spanish poetry book for kids from Lee and Low.

A Movie in my Pillow and Poems to Dream Together – Books of poetry in English and Spanish from Lee and Low.

First Prize Package

Peru prize basket - Kid World CitizenA child’s sweater and bag from Peru courtesy of Kid World Citizen. The handmade, wool sweater is typical from the Andes and might fit a child ages 2-4. The little backpack is also handmade with gorgeous details typical of the region.

Spanish games for kids. A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.

Spanish songs for kids.

Chocolalala – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.

Spanish songs for kids from Mariana Iranzi.Hola Hello – A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.

Spanish poems for kids.

Mis primeros poemas – A book of poems and audio CD for Spanish learners from All Bilingual Press.

Spanish color activities from Mundo de Pepita.

Digital download of Spanish Colors Activities Pack with printable minibooks, games and activity pages from Mundo de Pepita.

Lingua ToysSpanish activity book with an audio CD with listening exercises for kids between 3-10 years old (value: 12€) from Lingua Toys.

Bolivian GuiroHand-crafted guiro (traditional instrument), hand-carved from a gourd in Bolivia with a sun and moon pattern. Great instrument as well as a piece of folk art. From DARIAMUSIC. US shipping only.

Second Prize Package

Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua.

Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua courtesy of Spanish Playground.

Spanish ABC book from Libros Arellano.

Spanish book for kids from Libros Arellano.

¡Las letras! and Señorita Bienvenida en el aeropuerto – Two children’s books in Spanish from Libros Arellano.

Spanish songs for kids from Mariana Iranzi.

A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.

Children's songs in Spanish from Mister G.

ABC Fiesta – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.

High frequency words books in Spanish.

Digital download of 6 printable Spanish high frequency words books from Custom Literacy.

Guatemala purse - Alarcon RestaurantsHand woven and leather Guatemala coin purse, a fun and vibrant gift. Given by www.AlarconRestaurants.com – from their Gift Gallery in Antigua Real Restaurant, Mukwonago WI.

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Las piñatas de LalyBeautiful piñata created especially for this contest by Piñatas de Laly.

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Lantern Craft and the Faroles of Costa Rica: Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway - Alldonemonkey.comThis post is part of the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway, organized by Multicultural Kid Blogs (see details below).

Every September, all over Costa Rica, schoolchildren (and their parents!) work hard making lanterns to celebrate Costa Rican Independence Day on September 15.  These homemade lanterns are true works of art, often made in the form of national symbols such as the carreta (wagon), the guaria morada (the national flower, a type of orchid), and the flag.

Once their creations are completed, the children carry them in the parades that take place all over the country.  This desfile de faroles is an integral part of the independence day celebrations.  The lanterns pay homage to the woman in Guatemala who, legend has it, ran through the streets carrying a lantern to gather people to call for independence from Spain.  (At the time Costa Rica was a province within the Captaincy General of Guatemala, which included all of Central America, with the exception of Panama).

Here is one beautiful example of a farol from La Nación newspaper.  The Tico Times has wonderful photos of faroles from last year’s parades on their Facebook page.

My husband’s niece was also kind enough to send me photos of her son’s farol this year, as well as one from his classmate.

Lantern Craft and the Faroles of Costa Rica: Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway - Alldonemonkey.comA carreta

Lantern Craft and the Faroles of Costa Rica: Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway - Alldonemonkey.comThe Children’s Museum in San José

I love this tradition, so I thought it would be fun to make lanterns this year with Monkey.  While ours are nothing like the elaborate faroles in Costa Rica, we had a lot of fun making them.

First I took toilet paper rolls and cut a little door in each.  Then I helped Monkey punch designs in them (hearts, stars, etc.)

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After that came the most fun part – painting!  It would have been much more patriotic of us to paint them red, white, and blue like the Costa Rican flag, but I let Monkey choose the colors – green for him and pink for me.  (You will notice as you read on that only the pink lantern survived until the end.  The green one was smashed by aliens partway through, or so Monkey informed me later).

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After the paint dried, I glued a piece of blue construction paper inside the surviving lantern, to represent the “light” coming through the designs we had punched in the lantern earlier.

For effect, I also drew a little candle inside.  (I had no intention of letting my three year old play with candles, and besides a toilet paper roll is not big enough to use a candle with anyway).

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Finally, we glued on the top and handle, which I had cut up from a cereal box earlier.

Lantern Craft and the Faroles of Costa Rica: Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway - Alldonemonkey.com

What fun!  If the lantern survives until this evening we might just have our own parade 🙂

Hispanic Heritage Blog Hop - MulticulturalKidBlogs.comWelcome to the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 15 of our member blogs!

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov)

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs (listed below) and follow our related Pinterest boards:

You can also follow my Pinterest board De Colores: Hispanic Heritage and Latin America.

Enter to Win

This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! You can enter two ways:

1) Link up a post in the linky at the bottom of this post (each post will count as an entry)

2) Make a comment on the main Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop post on the Multicultural Kid Blogs page answering the question, “How do you celebrate your heritage with your children?”

Our Prizes

Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.

Grand Prize Package

Cricket Magazine - Spanish - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopAnnual subscription (print and digital) to one of the following children’s magazines (winner’s choice!): Babybug, Ladybug, or Ask en espanol (available at the end of September) or Iguana ($51.90 value). International winners will receive a digital subscription.

Hispanic Heritage Blog HopTwo Spanish activity books with games and exercises to review basic concepts, a card game that teaches wild animals in Spanish and English, two ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, and several small wooden toys.

Daria - Cancioncitas Booklet Cover - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopA Child’s Life In The Andes is a 35 page e-book that brings the culture of this historic region alive through rich photographs, kid-friendly information as well as 3 children’s activities, 8 coloring pages, 2 language pages and a word search that features new vocabulary.

DARIA_Cancioncitas CD Cover - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopCancioncitas De Los Andes/Little Songs Of The Andes from Daria is a digital CD sharing authentic music from the Andes performed on traditional instruments. The CD includes the most famous song from that region; El Condor Pasa, along with 5 other songs from this historic area of the world.

Sofia Spanish - Kids Yoga Stories - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopSofía en una Aventura por la Selva from Kids Yoga Stories: Fly like a toucan, slither like a snake, and flutter like a butterfly as you act out this journey through a Costa Rican jungle. What else might you see? The storybook includes a List of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent-Teacher Guide.

First Prize Package

Annual subscription (print and digital) to a children’s magazine from Cricket. See details above.

Smart Play - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopSmart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only.

Off We Go - Barefoot Books - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopTravel through Mexico with this beautiful picture book from Barefoot Books. Along the way, learn Spanish words and phrases and discover Mexican culture. Ships to the US, Canada, or Europe only.

Tico Tango - Barefoot Books - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopDiscover the animals of the rainforest with The Parrot Tico Tango from Barefoot Books. The rhyming text and brilliant illustrations teach animals and colors. Ships to the US, Canada, or Europe only.

Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopA Spanish-English picture dictionary, a simple workbook in Spanish geared towards 1st graders in Mexico, the classic “lotería” game, plus a couple of small wooden toys, courtesy of Kid World Citizen.

Second Prize Package

Annual subscription (print and digital) to a children’s magazine from Cricket. See details above.

Mas Canciones en Espanol - Music with Sara - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopMás Canciones en Español from Music with Sara: A wonderful collection of traditional songs from Latin America. Perfect for children learning Spanish.

Belpre Reading Kit - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop - Multiculturalkidblogs.com

Reading kit for one children’s biography highlighting Latina librarian, Pura Belpré, courtesy of Latinas for Latino Lit. Includes a copy of The Storyteller’s Candle by Lucía González, a 16-page HHM Reading Kit full of book-based activities to promote literacy, with a folder, a pencil and set of colored pencils. Retail value: $15.95 Ships to the US only.

Participating Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs

All Done Monkey

Spanish Playground

Kid World Citizen

Mommy Maestra

World Music with Daria

Kids Yoga Stories

Inspired by Familia

SpanglishBaby

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

For the Love of Spanish

De Su Mama

The Paris Busy Bee Blog

Spanglish House

Crafty Moms Share

Toddling in the Fast Lane

The Good Long Road

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