IMG_1934Have I mentioned how much I love children’s books? Books are great for reading with your kids and for them to do something other than play video games. There’s so many good books out there that it’s time to share my 5 favorite for this week. (If you happen to live in Madrid and find it difficult to find kids books in English, look me up. I’m open to sharing!)

Me gusta mucho los libros para los niños! Son buenos para leer con sus hijos y para sus hijos leer. Hay mucho libros fantásticos en la mundo, entonces, quiero compartir mis 5 libros favoritos de esta semana! (Si vives in Madrid y quieres los libros para los niños en ingles, me encuentras porque puedo compartirlos.)

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1. Cozy Classics Pride & Prejudice by Jack & Holman Wang  (Board Book): It’s never too early to start on the classics with the kids! With amazing needle felt dolls, how can you not love these books?! So precious! Someone buy me all of the Cozy Classics Collection! Que mono este libro! Un classico para los bébés! Que guay!

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2. A Tale of Two Princes by Eckart Zur Nieden (Picture Book): I love the bright and nostalgic look of German illustrations! This book tells a great allegory for a timeless story about the fight between good and evil. The suspense in itself is just enough to be exciting but not too scary. Check it out when you can! Un libro alemán con imágenes brillantes y un cuento del bien y del mal, me gusta mucho!

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3. The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg (Picture Book): Chris Van Allsburg of Jumanji fame, does it again with this humorous tale of a man, his dog, and a fig. Great illustrations and a quick, punchy storyline, this book is a good reminder to be nice to everyone, including animals. Van Allsburg es un autor e ilustrador famoso y este libro es sobre un hombre, su perro, y un higo. Es muy cómico!

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4. Those Terrible Toy-Breakers by David McPhail (Young Reader): I love the vintage illustrations in this book. Published in 1980, it’s not a very well-known book but my 6 year old loves to read it when it’s reading time. It’s a fun, silly book about some wild animals who are breaking Walter’s toys. If you can find it, snatch it up right away! Your kids will love it! Un libro antiguo pero muy divertido para los niños para leer! Es sobre los animales salvajes que rompen los juguetes de Walter. Mi hijo de 6 años le gusta mucho!

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5. Toby Alone by Timothée de Fombelle (Young Adult Reading): I just got this book this summer at a library sale and I couldn’t put it down. It was suspenseful and had all sorts of modern day allegories and symbolism.  Originally written in french, the story is about a society of people who live in a tree and the socio-political environment that they live in. A story of the haves and have-nots, of deceptive leaders, and a dystopia that might be all too similar to our world. The only problem is that it ended abruptly, making you want to find the sequel. The sequel was at the library sale too but I didn’t buy it because I didn’t think I would want it and it was a whole $1.00! (Yes, I can be cheap sometimes.) Bad call on my part! Now I’ll never know what happened unless I get my sister-in-law to go back to the library to see if it’s still there. Anyone want to send me Toby and the Secrets of the Tree? Un libro francés sobre un grupo de la gente pequeña en un arbol y un mundo que está lleno de agitación social y política. He comprado este libro para mi hija que le encanta leer.

Well, that’s my top picks for this week. What are your top kids books in your personal library? Qué libros para los niños son tus favoritos?

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