Jen Arena is lucky to have been surrounded by great children’s books her whole life. As a teenager, she worked at a children’s-only indie bookstore in Pennsylvania, and after graduating from college, she made her way to New York City, where she found a job in children's book publishing. Since then, she’s written many books for kids. She recently left New York and now lives in Florida, surrounded by sunshine, palm trees, and really weird birds.
This is a cute book that is not quite bilingual but includes besos(kisses) and also has other terms in the back. The illustrations are fun and the topic age appropriate. I could easily see a parent & child reading this book and giving kisses throughout.
I love it! Not only did I read every word, but I understood every Spanish term! Besos was one of my first words in Spanish I learned, kissing my sweet Alex, my first grandbaby. Very sweet books to share with the very young!
I love this little bilingual book. It's a fun little intro to Spanish that I sometimes read during my storytime for babies. The parents like kissing their babies as we go through the book with the girl getting besos from Mami, Papi, perro, mariposa, and all the rest. Very sweet.
Summary: Mami, Papi, perro and gato all have kisses for bébé! This bilingual book shows that love is the same in every language. SO. DANG. CUTE.
Genre: Picture Book (Board). Awards: N/A. Audience: 4-5.
A. It is board material. Thick pages and a smaller shape. Also, the words are big, bold and simple. B. Ugh, it’s so cute. I really appreciated the active presence of the heart shape throughout the illustrations. The butterflies are heart shaped along with the birds, some flowers, lips, and more. This perfectly couples with the message of (consensual) kisses tied with love and affection. C. Build language. The repetition of words like “kisses” and “besos” goes well with an action which helps build language (in two languages! double win).
What's one thing most babies love? Being smothered with kisses, or besos! Besos for Baby is all about a little baby girl getting all sorts of kisses from her parents, pets, and more. At the very end of the book, author Jen Arena includes a vocabulary key to recap all the Spanish words that she introduced throughout the story. All-in-all this book makes a solid option as a companion story in a small-sized storytime about Valentine's Day, bilingual tales, and families. It would be super adorable and interactive to have the participants make a kissing sound or blow and air kiss everytime you read the word, "besos."
"Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses" is a cute board book. Throughout the book, Spanish words are incorporated. I would not categorize this as a bilingual book since the translations are not word for word. I though Blanca Gomez did a fantastic job illustrating this board book. I really liked the page where it states "The sun shines kisses in a golden blur." I also liked that the author, Jen Arena, at the end of the book included the English and Spanish definitions for words incorporated throughout the book i.e. doggy is perro in Spanish, butterfly is mariposa in Spanish, and sun is sol in Spanish.
This book is great for babies and very young children! It's a bilingual book, and on each page the child gives kisses/besos to someone or something new. I asked the children and caregivers to blow kisses with me and the child in the book, to their mothers and fathers and cats and dogs, etc. At the end I asked the kids if they wanted to give besos to anything or anyone else, and we blew kisses to cookies and grandparents and cozy pajamas. :)
Not a traditional bilingual book in the sense of having the same text presented in both English and Spanish. Instead, this board book includes a main storyline in English with a repeating refrain of "Besos [character] besos" as the baby lavishes kisses on the various other characters.
I learned some new words! In Spanish! And mama gave me lots of besos as we read. Really enjoyed this book and Amaré slept in for a change, so I had lots of time to turn the pages and look at the pictures this morning. 😘😘
I wish I was bilingual. My command of Spanish is very limited, but my goal is to introduce Savanna to an additional language outside of English.Besos (kisses) For Baby is such a fun book to share with your little when attempting to introduce Spanish into their vocabulary. The book highlights a few different Spanish words that even a non-Spanish speaker can read. I love the bright colors and the corresponding illustrations that went with the Spanish words. Areas of language that can addressed: color identification, labeling, responding to questions, and vocabulary. Question: Are you bilingual?
Besos for Baby is more of a book for English speakers than a bilingual book I think, but I was always eager to add the music of Spanish into my kids' routine. A charming little rhythmic book which will probably become a kissing tradition in families who read it. I like how the author moves from real relationships to metaphorical kisses in nature. Also like the pictorial vocabulary summary at the end.
Very simple and cute bilingual book. Rather than a book with the same words in English and Spanish, this book mainly tells the story in English and follows up with “besos” on the following page. (i.e. “Besos, gato, besos.”) Nicely done and a cute way to introduce Spanish words. I especially like the inclusion of English to Spanish translations at the end to remind of the Spanish words presented throughout the story.
Besos for baby is a wonderful children’s book about kisses for everyone and everything. I really love the illustrations in the book and the use of the Spanish language throughout. It even has a chart of the English translation for every Spanish word used in the book with pictures of the object. A perfect way for youngsters to be introduced to the Spanish language!