Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Le?aLA and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own.
The first time I cracked open a book on my own, I was about 4 or 5 yrs old, and I just knew. Reading was amazing. So when my daughter was old enough, I couldn’t wait to introduce her to the world of books.
We started reading to her every night when she was just a month old, a story time tradition that grew and eventually, she was reading to us. I loved the way her little face would be all lit up as she brought the book she wanted me to read to her. Together, we would cuddle as I would recite her favorite book “Goodnight moon, goodnight stars…”
At her first day care, her care giver gave her her first Spanish book. It was one that she read to the kids for nap time, and she said Sofia would always be so riveted that she wouldn’t take her naps. So, it became the first bilingual book Sofia owned. She was light years ahead of me already! The first time I read a book in Spanish, I was 16 years old. It was Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I fell in love with reading once more. It was like a world that was both familiar and new opened up to me.
My daughter doesn’t speak Spanish fully, but she understands many words and I would love to continue to expand her knowledge, especially in the Spanish language. Thanks to LéaLA, I have no shortage of authors I can introduce her to.
The fourth annual LéaLA, Feria del Libro en Español de Los Ángeles will be taking place May 15-17, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This, free to the public, event hosts more than 200 publishing houses from all over Latin America. Additionally, renowned Latin American authors will be doing book presentations and signings, while the book fair will have a kids pavilion with craft activities and story lectures.
I love knowing that my daughter can discover new, bilingual books that share stories of our heritage and our culture. That to me is the best thing about LéaLA…that we can go as a family and find books that are written by other Latinos telling stories about Latinos and their families. Just like us!
For more information, make sure you follow LéaLA on Facebook and I hope to see you down at the Convention Center from May 15-17 for this fabulous event.
This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with LéaLA 2015 and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.