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Good Spanish-language or bilingual books to read this summer!

The summer is the perfect time to check out some great bilingual titles with some fun themes. Included also are rhymes, finger plays and craft ideas.

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by Isabel F. Campoy and Theresa Howell. Gr. 2-5: This book begins with a girl named Mira who tries to make her city less gray by giving colorful drawings to the people in the neighborhood.  She meets a man whose pocket is full of paintbrushes. He looks at the dull gray walls and sees something beautiful.  He gives Mira a brush. She paints and the neighbors join in, painting and dancing and singing to Latin rhythms. 
Mouse Paint/ Pintura de raton.  by Ellen Stoll Walsh PrS-K: When three white mice discover three jars of paint, the stage is set for children to learn how mixing the colors in different ways creates entirely new but familiar colors.

Paint Craft: Provide rojo, amarillo, and azul paints, crayons, or markers and blank sheets of paper for drawing.…
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