Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Read Conmigo and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
|My daughter with one of our favorite bilingual books.|
As a young Latina in college in East L.A, one of my dreams was to become a book illustrator. I always loved art and books, so I majored in Design and Illustration as a way to combine the two. I wanted to illustrate stories for little girls that were like myself: a Latina with long, dark braids who grew up with a Nana who spoke Spanish to them and cooked nopales from the back yard.
In other words, I wanted to create art for books that told my story.
My life took another road, and I quickly became a wife and mother after I graduated college. As a result, a few of my dreams were put on hold as I was raising my familia. Fast forward seventeen years later, and I now find myself on the other side of my dream: writing the stories for those illustrations that I wanted to create.
I'm a firm believer in teaching our children to be bilingual. I was never taught how to speak Spanish as a child and I always feel like it's been one of my biggest handicaps, especially now that I'm a Latina blogger! I have people mention it to me all the time. My husband is bilingual and he has always tried to teach our children Spanish but it's been a challenge since I've been the parent home with the children most of the time. The result? My children are not fluent but they are very familiar and comfortable with the language and the culture. Books in Spanish help us bridge that gap.