December 10, 2020 by Betsy Bird
I may not speak another language well, but even so I can still celebrate those books originally published in English and now released in another language, as well as books released simultaneously in both another language and English.
November 20, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Recently it occurred to me that when it comes to bilingual picture books, there is a kind of art to their design. Today I speak to editor-at-large Louise May about her approach to the form.
December 10, 2019 by Betsy Bird
On 31 Days, 31 Lists I always include a day of celebration for "bilingual books". What do I mean by that? Well, either these are books that were originally in English and were translated to another language, or they feature both English and another language in their text. Now enjoy a list of books that are pretty much entirely Spanish, with one notable exception
December 11, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Whether a book contains two languages on the page, was published simultaneously in another language, or was published in a new language in a subsequent year, it's time to give bilingual books their due. Whenever possible I try to credit the translators, but it can be tricky sometimes. In any case, here are some truly beautiful and inventive books.
August 24, 2018 by Betsy Bird
All right! Been a couple months since I did one of these and they’ve been burning a hole in my draft folder. My laptop is at 25% and I can’t find the cord to plug it in so let’s make these short and oh-so sweet! In the good news department, Idris Elba is going […]
December 11, 2017 by Betsy Bird
I wish I had kept better statistics over the course of my children’s librarian career. Maybe if I had I could give you a sense of whether or not the number of bilingual children’s books published in 2017 was higher or lower than normal. As it currently stands, I’m just pleased to see these books […]
December 11, 2016 by Betsy Bird
I wish I had the numbers in front of me. I wish I could tell you how many bilingual books for kids have been published in the past and how that number compares to today. If we’re going to speak to my experience as a children’s librarian over the past decade, all I can say […]
October 11, 2014 by Betsy Bird
Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube By Pat Mora Illustrated by Meilo So Children’s Book Press (an imprint of Lee & Low Books) $17.95 ISBN: 978-0892393251 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Sometimes I wonder what effect the televised ephemera I took in as a child has had on my memories and […]
April 19, 2013 by Betsy Bird
Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia Una Llama Pequena By Angela Dominguez Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9333-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves August 20th Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you a humbled woman. A woman who “knew” certain facts but, until she saw them working in her own personal […]
June 25, 2011 by Betsy Bird
Lola’s Fandango By Anna Witte Illustrated by Micha Archer Narrated by The Amador Family Barefoot Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-84686-174-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 In my children’s room at the library the requests I receive at the reference desk from kids and their parents vary widely. On the subject of dance there’s a […]
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