Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day of the Dead Resources

With Día de los Muertos coming up soon, the web is humming with activities, books, stories, and resources. I can't remember there being so much attention paid to this holiday in past years, which goes to show not only the explosion of bilingual educators and supporters online, but the speed with which Americans are embracing the holiday.

I have been updating the resource page for Día de los Muertos that I created last week with some of the more exciting resources coming across my desk. But here are a few in particular that I want to share with you...

• Don't forget to stop by Spanglish Baby this week, as they are dedicating the entire week to celebrating our bilingualism through the holidays of Day of the Dead and Halloween. Today's post was especially moving and they also shared some more online resources for you to check out.

• Also, here is a sneak preview of an exciting new book that I discovered last week. I have read it and am so excited about it! Rosita y Conchita is a bilingual children's picture book dedicated to the subject of Día de los Muertos. This might be the best book on this topic, because it tells the story of two sisters and their journey to come together on the night of Día de los Muertos. The authors, Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger, do an absolutely awesome job explaining the traditions of this holiday and the reasons for them. I will be running a full review of this book, as well as an interview with Eric, on the Latin Baby Book Club next Monday. I hope you don't miss it. In the meantime, if you'd like to order your own copy, visit their website.

•And lastly, I want to leave you with this darling video that is flying all over the internet. I've heard so many good reviews and even my own mother told me that it is entertaining, bound to expand my kids' vocabulary, and has a cute melody! (I think she liked it, too, because of the strong Castillian accent.) So I'll end by letting you see it for yourself.

Por favor, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!

Con mucho cariño...


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