Research shows that being bilingual can make you more money, delay the chances of dementia, keep your brain strong and much, much more.
For Latino parents hoping their children grow up speaking both Spanish and English, bilingual storybooks can be an invaluable tool. Below, see nine of our favorite bilingual children's books:
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This adorable illustrated book tells the story of a panda who loves to munch on his favorite food, bambú.
Ser Como El Bambú by Ismael Cala, $7.79, Amazon
Acclaimed young adult author Benjamin Alire Sáenz turns his attention to children in this story about Diego, a young boy who hopes to see his Papa Diego for his birthday. His abuelo lives in Mexico — but Diego learns that love spans borders.
A Gift From Papá Diego by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, $7.99, amazon.com
This bilingual collection tells a number of stories from the American Southwest. Drawing on the culture of New Mexico and Mexico, the stories are filled with magic and fun and (occassionally) horror, too.
The Day It Snowed Tortillas by Joe Hayes, $12.95, amazon.com
Teach your niños about the history and culture of Día de los Muertos with this spirited bilingual storybook.
Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book by Jeanette Winter, $7.99, amazon.com
Pam Munoz Ryan, the author of beloved YA classic Esperanza Rising, tells the joyful story of a day on the beach, and invokes all five senses in both Spanish and English.
Hello Ocean/Hola Mar by Pam Munoz Ryan, $7.22, amazon.com
Lupe Vargas and her Super Best Friend teaches the importance of female friendship and gives young girls two powerful, independent role models to look up to.
Lupe Vargas and her Super Best Friend by Amy Costales, $14.88, amazon.com
This bilingual story transports young readers to the childhood of Celia Cruz, the beloved Cuban-American salsa singer.
My Name Is Celia/Me Llamo Celia by Monica Brown, $12.90, amazon.com
This collection of 29 rhymes celebrate Latino heritage and mythology, in Spanish and English.
Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Alice Schertle, $13.30, amazon.com
Teach your child his or her first 100 Spanish words with this vibrant, bold picturebook and dictionary.
First 100 Words Bilingual by Roger Priddy, $6, amazon.com