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30 dic. 2015 - FREE Family Wild Days in Reading 5th to 8th August. Posted in Forest School, ... Tim Gill supports The Wild Reading Project! Posted in Cool ...

The People's Millions • The Wild Reading Project

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We're on telly on 24th November and we're going to need 1000s of people across the land to pick up the phone and vote for 'The WIld Reading project'. So how ...

Reading Project 1: Tyler Schwingler, The Call of the Wild flashcards ...

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Vocabulary words for Reading Project 1: Tyler Schwingler, The Call of the Wild. Includes studying games and tools such as flashcards.

Wild Thing loves learning Spanish, so I am always looking for bilingual books for him at the library. This week, I'm sharing 5 of our recent favorites and two books I've been reading lately that have offered lots of inspiration as I focus on finding my voice (or refining it, as the case may be). 

First, our bilingual favorites. When Wild Thing discovers a book or character he already loves in a bilingual version, he gets really excited. Me too. Several of our favorite library books this week are books such as this: Freight Train/Tren de Carga by Donald Crews, which compliments well with Miau y las sillitas (Meeow and the little chairs) by Sebastein Braun. Both of these books reinforce colors in Spanish and English quite well and both involve trains - a real train and an imaginary train made by chairs by Meeow and his friends. 

Wild Thing always loved Freight Train, so finding a bilingual version really excited him, and Meeow and his friends were first discovered through the book Meeow and the Pots and Pans, which the boys also loved in September when we discovered it. Another Meeow book, especially a bilingual one about creating a train out of chairs was beyond perfect for Wild Thing. 

Another exciting library discovery for us has been that many Lucy Cousins' books about Maisy are available in bilingual versions or in Spanish editions. This week, we enjoyed Maisy's Toys/Los Juguetes de Maisy and Suenos de colores, Suena con Maisy, which is exclusively in Spanish. The latter book really pushed me with language acquisition as well. Wild Thing already knew his colors in Spanish, but having so many Spanish language books focusing on colors that we're reading at the same time helps him begin to expand beyond the colors as we start to use colors with nouns. I am hoping we can move toward sentences, rather than just simple word recognition soon. 

The final picture book we're sharing features beautiful, poetic phrases in Spanish and English. You Are My I Love You/Tu Eres Mi Te Quiero, a board book by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa quickly became the new nighttime favorite at our house. The book is simply lovely opening with: "I am your parent; you are my child. Yo soy tu padres; tu eres mi nino. I am your quiet place; you are my wild. Yo so tu casa; tu eres mi selva," and closing with: "I am your good-night kiss; you are my I love you. Yo soy tus besos de las buenas noches; tu eres mi te quiero." Is your heart melting yet? Mine melts every time we read it. 

What makes my heart melt even more is the way Wild Thing embraces learning Spanish and his excitement over new words. I also love to see how contagious this excitement is as Caterpillar has started shouting out Spanish words too lately. 

As for me, I’m focusing a lot right now on finding, celebrating and sharing my voice -- my authentic voice, a voice that reflects the unique way that I see the world and seek to engage with the world and what I hope to create and share with the world. In doing so, I’ve also been reading a lot -- about other artists and writers who have shared their process of finding and nurturing their voices. 

This week for Project 101: Weekly Library Challenge, I’m catching up by sharing two books I read recently that resonate with the creative journey that I am on: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Steal Like An Artist by Austin Knoll.

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