Bilingual / For the Children

By Rose Treviño

Parent & Child Program Title: Raise a Reader

General Points to Cover

  • Reading with your child is VERY important.
  • There are many different ways to share a book with a child.
  • Talk about the parts of a book (the cover, the spine, the title, etc).
  • Books should be appropriate for age and ability.
  • Reading connects you with the world.
  • There are free resources at the library for your family.

Books to Read (English and Spanish)

Albert’s Alphabet by Leslie Tryon.

Alphabet fiesta: an English/Spanish alphabet story by Anne Miranda.

Alfabeto by Lourdes M. Alvarez.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin.

Hands-on Activities

ABC Dough

  • Play dough
  • Chenille stems
What Children Do
  1. Form alphabet letters with the play dough or chenille stems.
  2. Ask the children to form the first letter of their name.
  3. Play a game asking the children to sound out the letters and then think of words that start with the letters.

Catch A Word

  • A fishing pole with a magnet tied to the end
  • Magnetic letters
  • Small inflatable swimming pool
What Children Do
  1. Fish for letters
  2. Take the letters and sound them out
  3. Make words out of the letters

Alphabet Tunes

Play alphabet songs that will get children singing and moving. Here are some recommended CD’s.

El abecedario” and “Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet?” on Cantamos y Aprendemos con José-Luís Orozco by José-Luís Orozco.

“Alphabet in Motion” on Songs For Learning Through Music and Movement by Hap Palmer.

Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011