Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ask en español & Alternatives

Spanish language magazine

A few years ago, Cricket magazine launched a line of Spanish-language magazines for kids. They. Were. Awesome. They even bought Iguana, a fabulous magazine put together by the remarkable Christianne Meneses Jacobs. 

But unfortunately, with a change of ownership, I believe, Cricket decided to discontinue all the Spanish-language magazines. Including, Ask en español, which is reviewed below. :( 

You can still read the review and lament the loss of such a great resource for bilingual children and their families. But all is not lost! Scholastic Magazines offer similar lines of Spanish kids' magazines to which you may still subscribe. 

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Ask Magazine in Spanish

Spanish magazine for kids

Ask en español is lots of fun and SUPER educational. (That's my favorite combo, you know!)

I've written before about Cricket's new line of Spanish language magazines for kids, and I know you all loved discovering them because there really aren't any other magazines like these for kids. They are high-quality mags that are worth every penny of their subscription.

This month's issue of Ask en español is especially great because the whole issue is pretty much dedicated to bones. (Ask is Cricket's magazine for kids ages 6 - 9. It focuses on STEAM - SCIENCE, technology, engineering, ARTS, and math - stories.) Your kid will learn all about the bones in her body, what happens when you break a bone and how it heals, the different types of skeletons found in nature, and even learn about Día de los Muertos and its view of death and skeletons (i.e., not scary, just a natural part of life). There's also a section on archaeology and what archaeologists learn from bones. Honestly? There's actually a lot more than just this, but you'll have to wait to learn about it until you get your own copy! And can you believe that it is all in Spanish? They are really targeting bilingual families, and I think that's cool.

Alternative to Ask in español

It's a terrible shame that Cricket discontinued this line of magazines when there's such a huge need. Over and over again, I have parents asking me about Spanish-language magazines for their kids. But as I mentioned above, there is an alternative available for bilingual families. Check out Scholastic's Spanish Classroom Magazines!

Other Science Materials in Spanish

If you are open to other science resources, then you might consider some of these:

National Geographic Kids has science readers of different levels available in Spanish. has been growing their Spanish-language resources. They have some really excellent books out such as the Bilingual One-Minute Science Mysteries! (shown above), Las mujeres en la ciencia, El sol, and many others. Check out the Spanish section of the Science Naturally website.

Teacher Created Materials also has a lot of their Spanish version packs available on Amazon. And they are typically sorted by grade level. 

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