The libraries we help to create are filled with delightful, colorful and inspiring books. Check out some of the titles we are excited about this year!
Mira quien toca calipso — (Look Who Is Playing Calypso)
This beautiful counting book teaches much more than numbers. On each page, a brightly illustrated insect plays a different musical instrument. When volunteers read it to the children, they learned about the musical instruments, counted the insects, and pretended to play the instruments. So fun to see little ones playing “air guitar” and beating an imaginary drum!
Podría haber sido peor — (It Could Have Been Worse)
This silly tale is repetitive and cumulative. After each minor misfortune, the book repeats that it could have been worse. The younger children soon learn this simple phrase and repeat it out loud each time as we read it to them. The older children enjoy having an easy phrase to repeat and read, even if some of the other words are a bit hard for them.
Sergio salva el juego — (Sergio Saves the Game)
This funny story combines several of the children’s favorite things, animals, humor, and soccer! A penguin wants to be a soccer star but is not good at the game and is always picked last for the team. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the kids love it when he ends up being the star player at the very last moment of the team’s championship game.
Abedecario salvaje — (Wild Animals ABC)
This ABC book appeals to children — and even adults — on many levels. Each page contains a letter and a vibrant photograph of an animal that begins with that letter. For example, B is for burro. The fun part is that each page also has a paragraph about each animal, with lots of words that begin with the same letter and rhymes. This turns the book into a whole book full of tongue twisters. The older children and the teachers have fun seeing who can read the tongue twisters the fastest without making mistakes. Giggles galore!
De huevo a gallina — (From Egg to Chicken)
This nature book is part of a series about the life cycle of animals. Others include Tadpole to Frog and Caterpillar to Butterfly and are all written by Camilla De la Bedoyere. Most BBW books are fictional stories, but each collection contains a few beginning science and nature books. Stories about animals like this one are big favorites. Many of the children live in farming areas, and are happy to read more about the animals in their world.
Oso no para roncar — (The Bear Who Didn’t Stop Snoring)
This is another silly animal tale with beautiful illustrations and repetition that the children love. Many different animals try to wake the hibernating bear, but he keeps snoring. When it is time in the story for the bear to snore, the children enjoy making snoring sounds too! Finally the bear wakes up, but then all of his animal friends start to snore.
La luna se fue de fiesta — (The Moon Went to a Party)
Fairy tales are big favorites. BBW often provides traditional tales with universal appeal like Cinderella and Pinocchio. BBW also seeks fairy tales native to the area. This book contains fabulous watercolor illustrations of indigenous people from Oaxaca, Mexico. It is an ancient tale explaining why sometimes people can see the moon early in the morning after the sun is up. Why? Because the moon was busy enjoying a fiesta and returned late.
This book is a biography of a baseball player from the Dominican Republic. It is an inspirational story of the challenges he faced coming from an impoverished family. Although most BBW books are for young children grades K-4, every collection contains a few books like this one for older children in grades 5-8.
Atlas ilustrado escolar — (World Picture Atlas)
Every year BBW includes one reference book in the collection. Almost all of the schools have no reference materials other than regular textbooks. This brightly illustrated Atlas is greatly appreciated by the children and teachers. The children browse through it for fun to learn about other countries. The teachers use it for school projects and to help illustrate countries and geography taught in the regular curriculum.