September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. What better way to celebrate than by reading bilingual books? As an author, you have the unique opportunity to educate and entertain young readers while also helping them learn a second language.
According to a report from the Pew Research Center, nearly 37 million Latinx people live in the United States—that’s 18% of the population! And although Spanish is the first language for many of them, English is the language that most Latinx adults use at work. In fact, 70% of Latinx adults say they speak English “very well.” Learning both languages has become increasingly important in our global economy, which is why it’s more important than ever for authors to write bilingual books.
Not only are bilingual books educational, but they can also be fun! Reading should be enjoyable for children, and what could
be more fun than learning new words in two different languages?
Bilingual books can help children learn about other cultures while also teaching them valuable language skills. What’s not to love?
If you’re thinking about writing a bilingual book, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to choose a story that will be enjoyable for children. After all, they’re the ones who will be reading it! Also, make sure to select words that are easily translatable between Spanish and English. You don’t want to choose words that have multiple meanings or are difficult to pronounce in one language or the other. And finally, consider working with a bilingual editor or proofreader who can help you avoid any errors in translation.
Bilingual books are a great way to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! They’re educational and enjoyable for young readers while also helping them learn a second language. If you’re thinking about writing a bilingual book, keep these tips in mind to ensure a smooth writing and publishing process. We at That's Love Publishing would love to help you publishing your translated or bilingual book. Contact us and receive your custom quote to publish your bilingual book. ¡Feliz mes de la herencia hispana!