I am fluent in Spanish. That means I can speak, read and write in Spanish. In fact, when I was in kindergarten, my first class was in Spanish until my mom insisted they place me in an English speaking class, which they did (if my mom gets mad at you, you tend to not question and just do it) and while I can still speak it well, my writing is just meh, and the reading I haven’t kept up with. In high school, a teacher of mine made me and a couple friends take AP Spanish Literature where we read about 6 books in Spanish.
I fell in love with my language again.
…and now, if you are in Los Angeles May 11-13, you have a chance to fall in love with Spanish books too! The LéaLA Feria del Libro en Espanol de Los Angeles features top authors presenting books in Spanish of all kinds including self-help, fiction and non-fiction, presenting conferences and talks and not just on literature, but books on cooking, self-help, sports, and current affairs, etc. There will also be celebrities reading to children in Spanish, a program favorite last year.
My daughter doesn’t speak spanish (sorry Ita!), but she does show an interest whenever my mom says things to her in Spanish so I was thinking that this may be a good way to introduce the language to her. Children learn by parents doing right? So if I pick up a few spanish kids books, and read them to her nightly, maybe…just maybe…she will learn what my grandma taught me so long ago.
There is more than just books at this fair- a little something for everyone actually. There will also be nightly concerts featuring Spanish language artists, including Gloria Trevi on Friday, May 11th, Los Tigres Del Norte on Saturday May 12th and Calle 13 on Sunday May 13th.
The Fair is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – May 11, 12, and 13, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers free admission
Disclosure: This has been part of a compensated campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect and LeaLA. All opinions are my own.