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Current Issue

June 2011

This is the English-language summary of our Spanish-language newsletter, the Boletín informativo Colorín Colorado.

This is the English version of our Spanish-language newsletter, the Boletín informativo Colorín Colorado, which is written with Spanish-speaking parents and families in mind. Many of the articles included in the original Spanish version of the Boletín informativo are also available in English! For those that aren't we'll provide you with a summary and a link to the article in Spanish.

This Boletín focuses on the importance of storytelling and encouraging learning at home.

Many articles in this newsletter will make great handouts for parents! We hope that you will be able to share the information in this newsletter with Hispanic parents and families who are trying to help their children become successful readers. You are welcome to print and distribute (crediting www.ColorinColorado.org), or you can use our "Tell-a-friend" feature.

Don't forget to check Colorín Colorado for updates, tips, and much more!

Reading and school success

Storytelling: A Gift for Your Children

Storytelling is a wonderful gift that you can give your child, whether you are sharing folk tales or your own personal memories. Learn more about storytelling from our new article and video clips featuring Lucía González, Pat Mora, and Alma Flor Ada!

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Time for Summer Learning

Summer is a fun season full of interesting facts, new places, and adventures. These may lead to lots of questions from your kids and the chance to read new books together. Learn how you can grab hold of one of your child's questions and start a journey of discovery together from our updated Summer Learning resources!

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Let's Read!

New! Video Interviews


Lucía González

Storyteller and children's librarian Lucía M. González is the author of the award-winning The Storyteller's Candle. In this interview, she talks about the stories she learned as a child in Cuba and the importance of sharing stories across generations.

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Revisiting Pat Mora

Author and poet Pat Mora is the founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, which recently celebrated its 15th birthday! In this new interview with Colorín Colorado, she shares her thoughts on Día and a special message for Latino families.

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New Booklists


A World Filled with Wonder

From the waterfalls and hummingbirds of the Iguazú to the prickly pears of the desert, these bilingual books will get kids thinking about what they can do to protect our fragile planet.

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New Booklist! Reading with Dad

There's nothing like reading a favorite story with Dad or Grandpa! The Reading with Dad booklist celebrates fathers and grandfathers, and the many reasons they are so special. It includes a number of beloved books from different cultures and ethnic traditions that families are sure to enjoy together.

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Book of the Month

Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez
By Monica Brown
Illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Many years ago in California, an energetic young Girl Scout named Dolores worked to raise money for soldiers fighting in World War II. A thoughtful young boy named César worked in the fields to help his family put food on the table. As young adults, these two extraordinary individuals would meet and spend the rest of their lives working tirelessly on behalf of migrant workers and children through nonviolent struggle — side by side. Monica Brown and Joe Cepeda bring the story of Dolores and César to life through this vibrant book, which will make an excellent addition to units on migrant farmworkers, civil rights, or women's history.

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Research, Guides, and More

Teacher Appreciation

Here are some easy ways from the National PTA that you and your child can say, "Thank you!" to a special teacher who has made a difference for your family. Also, don't miss Pat Mora's poem, "Ode to Teachers."

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Parent FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents presents real questions that parents have sent in, and answers from experts with tips and other recommended resources. We will continue to add new questions each month to this section. If you don't see a question you would like answered, be sure to send us an e-mail! Questions are also available in Spanish.

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About the Boletín informativo ¡Colorín Colorado!

Colorín Colorado's Boletín informativo is a Spanish-language e-newsletter about reading and other educational issues, aimed at parents of Latino English language learners.

Major funding for ColorinColorado.org comes from the American Federation of Teachers, with additional support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The site was created by WETA/Reading Rockets, who takes full responsibility for its content. The points of view expressed in the articles included do not necessarily reflect the points of view of WETA, Reading Rockets, or any organizations who support us.

This e-newsletter is part of ColorinColorado.org, a free web-based service that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

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WETA/Colorín Colorado
3939 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

We look forward to hearing from you!

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