Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Navidad! {GIVEAWAY}

With la Navidad quickly approaching I am trying to sneak in one or two more giveaways before it is too late. This may be one of my favorites. Today's giveaway is part of MommyMaestra's collaboration with authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.

Merry Navidad! Villancicos en español e inglés/Christmas Carols in Spanish and English is written by Ada and Campoy, and is illustrated by Vivi Escrivá (I truly love her work).This collection of villancicos and the history surrounding them captures the warmth and spirit of the holiday traditions of Latin America and Spain. The book includes both the Spanish versions - chosen by the authors - and their English adaptations written by Rosalma Zubizarreta. I especially like that her translations are not literal and choppy, but instead capture the essence of each song with rhythm and grace.

Here is a bit of the history shared by the authors in their introduction to the book:

"Villancicos accompanied the Spanish settlers up the mountains, through the deserts, and into the jungles of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America. In the course of these travels, some changes were introduced. Eventually new villancicos were created, reflecting the people, rhythms, and cultures of the various regions of Latin America.

We have selected here some of the best-known villancicos from the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, we have included others that celebrate regional traditions, such as Las Posadas, a central feature of Christmas in Mexico, and the Puerto Rican aguinaldos. The book is organized chronologically, celebrating events taking place between December 16 and January 6.

Villancicos offer a unique glimpse of the value of family in Hispanic cultures. Their lyrics draw many parallels between the home life of a Latino family and the Holy Family in Bethlehem."

They have also included musical arrangements for your reference. This book is simply beautiful and should be in every single Latino family's home library collection.

In addition, I want to thank Santillana publishing company, who has also graciously offered a copy of Celebra la Navidad y el Día de los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos as a giveaway for MommyMaestra readers.

Celebra la Navidad is part of the authors' Cuentos para celebrar collection. In this particular story, Carlitos writes a letter to the Three Kings asking for lots of presents. Later, he decides to write a new letter and gives up some of the things in his wish list in exchange for a bigger gift for his older brother, who is teaching him how to ride a bike and lets him use his own big kid’s bike. At the end, everyone wins. :)

But what I liked best about this book is that it has a section  in the back dedicated to Christmas and Three Kings Day. It has so many great pictures that represent multicultural families and cultures all over the world celebrating these holidays. This book is a wonderful tool for teachers.


I have one copy of each book to giveaway and will choose two winners.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below letting me know which book you'd like to win.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Sunday, December 11th. The winners will be chosen using and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment! 

And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1.) Leave a comment telling me which is your favorite villancico! 
2.) Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: Win a copy of Merry Navidad a bilingual children's book for the holidays. @LatinMami Spanish #reading #giveaway
3.) Blog about this giveaway and include the link to your post in the comments below.

Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry!
By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

¡Buena suerte!

Disclosure: This giveaway is offered in collaboration with the authors. I have not been compensated in any way for offering this giveaway, and it results from my contacting them and asking for a contribution to our Music in Education series.


  1. Hi Monica!!! I like the "Celebra la Navidad y El dia de los Reyes Magos..." book, why, Because I LOVE that tradition, aunque no la celebran en EU, Christmas is not Santa!! Navidad es Jesus, y los Reyes Magos, at lease, they are in the Bible!!! Big Hugs!!

  2. Hi again!!! My favorite villancico it's "El tamborilero and Noche de Paz" and I write about your Lovely and Fabulous Giveaway on my blog!!

    Sorry, I can't follow you on tweeter, because I have no tweeter or facebook....sorry!!

    More Hugs!!

  3. I would like "Merry Navidad" because we love music around here and singing villancicos is one of our favorite ways of preparing for Navidad.

  4. My favorite villancico is "Campana sobre campana."

  5. Both books look great, but I'd like to win Celebra la Navidad y El dia de los Reyes Magos.

  6. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest.

  7. My favorite villancico is Navidad, Navidad.

  8. I really dont know any spanish, but my daughter wants to learn some! So really either would be really fun for her! I loved the traditions of the spanish speaking cultures and we love to learn about them! Thanks for offering this giveaway! Peace and Smiles

  9. I follow on Twitter! I also tweeted about the giveaway @MontessoriDays!

  10. I'd love to win Celebra la Navidad y El Día de los Reyes Magos.

  11. My favorite villancico is Mi Burrito Sabanero.

  12. Would love to win Celebra La Navidad! You always showcase the best selection of books! Thank you!

  13. I would love to win Merry Navidad!

  14. My favorite villancico is las posadas for sure!

  15. I will love to win this set of books! As a PRican living in USA I am keeping the tradicion on celebrating Los Trees Reyes Magos with my two boys! Gracias por la oportunidad :)

  16. Subscribed for your emails feedburner

  17. I have two favorite villancico Mi burrito sabanero and Noche de paz!

    Feliz Navidad!

  18. El libro navidad y el dia de los reyes
    my son would love that book because I tell him about my stories growing up

  19. My villancico is campanas de belen, but I really like all of them

  20. follow you on twitter and sent the tweet

  21. My favorite villancico is Campanas de Belen; I'd love to share these songs with my students!
    Sarah P

  22. Me encanta el de los reyes magos, para poder leerselo a mis alumnos el 6 de enero, dia de los reyes.

  23. Ganarme el libro "Merry Navidad" sería una bendición. My first born will be celebrating her first Christmas this year and I sing her my favorite, "Burrito Sabanero" every day! I speak to her only in Spanish, which is why having a book with more villancicos to learn would help me teach her more and more every year with music. :)
    - Selena

  24. My favorite villancico is Noche de Paz. I follow you on FB and here. I teach spanish as a second language. Either book will work for me.


  25. I would love to win Celebra la Navidad y los Reyes Magos. I teach Spanish in an Elementary school. I would love to share these stories with my students.

    Thank you

  26. I am posting this again because I forgot to put my e mail address.
    I would love to win Celebra la Navidad y los Reyes Magos. I teach Spanish in an Elementary school. I would love to share these stories with my students
    My favorite Christmas Carol is "Noche de Paz"

  27. Noche de Paz and Mi Burrito Sabanero they're my favorite.

    I would love to win Merry Navidad! Villancicos en español e inglés, because I would like to tech my kids in both lenguages, that way they can sing with su abuelita en español, a ella le le encanta cantar con ellos, they would love it.

    Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!


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