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Spanish Read Alouds to Support Social and Emotional Learning

Welcome to our first post of the new series we're starting called "Conversations with the Curator". We wanted to give you the opportunity to hear from our lead curator at Hexagramm Books, Marie Bouteillon. This week she is sharing about some perfect Spanish read alouds for building students' self esteem.


The last few weeks have been trying for my dual language colleagues.  I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  

These challenging times are going to call for some very deep conversations with our students.  I spent a year curating a unique Spanish read aloud collection for Pre-K through second grade.  One of my key objectives was making it thematic.  Several books are paired together to help you develop language and deepen text-to-text connections.  

For example, the first grade theme on "Being Different Is Being Unique" includes seven titles, including these three authentic texts, 
    • Topito terremoto is about a young hyperactive mole whose kind and patient therapist tells him: "A ti no te falla nada.  Eres maravilloso tal y como eres.
    • El sabio distraído is about a student who has attention deficit disorder and amazing spatial skills.  
    • Malena Ballena is about a young girl who is teased for being overweight and yet becomes a talented swimmer.  

Creating a quality read aloud library includes social emotional topics that we otherwise rarely get a chance to discuss in the classroom.  In the months to come, these conversations will be front and center. 

Take care,



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