Encouraging Early Childhood Literacy in the Latino Household
As I grew older, my parents indulged my allowance-blowing trips to Air Force base bookstores and – most importantly – let me share my love of books by reading aloud to them. Looking back, I can’t stress enough that parents do this with their kids. I recited joke books, the hilarious works of Roald Dahl, and other funny favorites to my family while on road trips, our military moves, or just lounging around the house. Dad was an especially good sport and always laughed on cue. It still makes me smile to remember these experiences during all the trials of a military childhood.
Christina Rodriguez is a Latina illustrator of over a dozen children’s picture books, including several titles with bilingual book publisher Arte Público Press. She lives and works in Providence, RI. You can find out more about Christina and her books at http://www.christinarodriguez.com