Spanish Magazines for Kids Hit Mainstream

Cricket magazines have long been considered a high-quality, educational and entertaining series of magazines for kids. The award-winning magazines with their unique artwork and engaging stories are rich in substance and a special treat for the children who receive copies each month.

But did you know that Cricket now offers some of the only Spanish-language magazines for kids? Iguana magazine used to be the only one that we know of, and it was geared for kids ages 7 to 12. Recently, Iguana was bought by Cricket, who took things one step further and created three additional Spanish magazines for children of different ages by offering their own Babybug, Ladybug, and Ask issues in Spanish.

Christianne Meneses Jacobs is the original creator of Iguana magazine and is now the talented editor behind these fantastic magazines. She brings with her a lot of experience and knowledge. And we’re so happy to support her efforts.

Since we talked yesterday about the importance of fingerplays and nursery rhymes in a child’s development, we thought today would be a great day to highlight Babybug en español. Written for children ages 6 months to 3 years old, it is a boardbook style magazine made with nontoxic ink, rounded corners, and no staples. With early learning a critical issue for Latino families that has a significant impact on academic performance, it is important for us to find the resources that we need to prepare our children for school. Babybug helps parents develop their children’s pre-literacy and pre-math skills with fun but simple illustrations and activities. Inside you’ll find stories and activities that teach them about the seasons, colors, number & letter recognition, ways to develop your child’s vocabulary, and ones that teach them about the world around them and their own bodies. Poems and short stories prevail and make learning a lot of fun for you nenes.

I especially love how they incorporate cultural folklore and fingerplays that allow us to pass down the traditional stories of our heritage. So many of them are not only fun, but educational, too.

And the best part is that ALL of these magazines are available in print or digital formats, so those of you with Android or Apple tablets can enjoy them that way, too.

To subscribe to one of these magazines, just visit Cricket’s website.

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8 Collections of Latino Nursery Rhymes, Lullabies, Songs, and Fingerplays

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Rhymes, fingerplays, and songs are an extremely valuable part of a child’s education. Through them, children are able to expand their vocabulary and develop their fine-motor skills. They’re great for helping your children learn to follow directions, and to help them fine-tune their listening skills and improve their focus.

The great thing is that Latino culture is full of rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and lullabies. While each country in Latin America and Spain have their own unique stories, many are taught universally throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Few families don’t know the traditional Los pollitos dicen or arroz con leche songs.

And lucky for all of us, there are many books that have been written to share these cultural gems. Below is a list of some of our absolute favorite collections of Latino nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and lullabies. Some of them are out of print and hard to find, so snatch up copies if you have the opportunity because these are must-have treasures for any Latino family home library!

How many do you recognize? Which books would you add?

Mama Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury

by Alma Flor Ada
The most comprehensive collection of nursery rhymes, lullabies, riddles, proverbs, folklore, and even villancicos that is available in the U.S.

Arrorro, Mi Nino / Hushaby Baby: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games (affiliate link)

by Lulu Delacre
A bilingual collection of traditional Latino baby games and lullabies from fourteen Spanish-speaking countries, complete with melodies for chanting and singing.

Tortillitas para Mamá and Other Nursery Rhumes (affiliate link)

by Margot C. Griego
A lovely collection of traditional nursery rhymes that are not found
in many of the other books.

Diez deditos = 10 Little Fingers & Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America (affiliate link)

by José-Luis Orozco
A fantastic collection of Latin American finger rhymes and songs,
this book is filled with vibrant illustrations as well as music notations.

Las nanas de abuelita / Grandmother’s Nursery Rhymes

by Nelly Palacio Jaramillo
Las nanas de abuelita is a fun collection of rhymes, tongue twisters,
and riddles from Latin America.

Shake It, Morena!: And Other Folklore from Puerto Rico
by Carmer T. Bernier-Grand
Shake It, Morena! will easily capture the hearts of your children with its lively songs, games and riddles. Bernier-Grand does not include the more traditional rhymes
that are popular throughout Latin America, but instead features folklore
that is unique to Puerto Rico.

¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy
Another lovely collection of nursery rhymes from Latin America and the American Southwest, ¡Pio Peep! is a great complement to Mamá Goose.

Senor Cat’s Romance: And Other Favorite Stories from Latin America

By Lucia M. Gonzalez
An instant classic when it came out in 1997, this book is one of the first of its kind presenting six different stories that have been found in various versions
throughout Latin America.