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Hi! I’m a G/T Bilingual teacher (EC-6th), passionate about bilingual/dual language education and language learning.
Can you believe it is almost February? Time to use Valentine’s Day to teach about expressing our feelings and emotions. I especially love to celebrate this holiday with my kinder students, this is the first time in school (second if they went to Pre-K 😉) where they get to express their love towards others through writing, with hugs and candy with all their friends and family. I also use this holiday to reinforce❤️️ kindness❤️️ in our classroom. I like that at this point of the year, they are able to write letters and poems and it comes straight from their hearts 💌.
TIP FOR TEACHERS: If you have an awesome school librarian like I do, give this list to her and/or check your local library to see how many books you can check out. If you want them for your personal library, simply click on the links and get them on amazon, you can see a list of all the books we have added so far here.
When you see this 🏫, it means we have a great activity to accompany this book!
1. ¡Es el Día de San Valentín! by Richard Sebra
Students learn about the holiday of love and find out how people show their affection on this special day. Full-color photographs and carefully leveled text make this title a helpful introduction to a well-loved holiday. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions help build nonfiction reading skills.
2. El primer San Valentín de Clifford by Norman Bridwell
So tiny that he can fit into Emily Elizabeth’s pocket, the small red puppy Clifford gets into a heap of trouble as he gets covered with valentine paste, falls into a post office chute, and disappears in a mountain of mail. Original.
6. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena
Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won’t be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé!
7. Mi Amor Por Ti/My Love for You (Spanish Edition) by Susan L. Roth
In both Spanish and English, two tiny mice express their love in big terms. On a walk together, the mice learn that their love is bigger than 1 bear, taller than 2 giraffes, larger than 3 blue whales. As they count from 1 to 10, the mice discover that their love is greater than anything they can imagine. Siempre. Forever.
8. Amor de La Oruga Muy Hambrienta by Eric Carle
Celebrate love and ring in Valentine’s Day with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this adorable book, which is now available in Spanish! This charming, sweet title featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day–or any day of the year.
9. Dora quiere mucho a Boots by Alison Inches
It’s Valentine’s Day! Dora the Explorer and Boots can’t wait to spend it together. They pick a favorite meeting place and set out with Map’s help. Will they find each other on this special day? Only with your help!
10. El Primer Beso de Froggy
He can’t even think straight when she’s around. When Frogilina smiles at him through the monkey bars, Froggy falls smack on his head-bonk! So with Valentine’s Day just a week away, Froggy gets busy making an extra-special valentine.
12.Te Quiero Más by Laura Duksta
The New York Times bestselling picture book is now available in Spanish and waiting to be discovered by a whole new audience. Told through rhyme and rhythm and candid illustrations, this cleverly conceived flip book (which ends in the middle and then starts from either side) ensures that the story, like love, never has to end.
14.El amor y la amistad by Oscar Brenifer
This is a very interesting book that explores what people think love means. It facilitates a conversation with your students to know what they think love is.
15. Animales, Amor Y Amistad por Ivonne D. Hernandez
This is a beautifully illustrated book written for families, friends, and professionals with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The author and her son, a 17-year-old with autism, drew and illustrated the narration of the story. Each animal represents common characteristics of children with autism or ASD, which are defined in simple terms for everyone.
From learning stations to poems and comprehension passages, here are some of our highlights for Valentine’s Day!
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