From Outreach to Translanguaging: Developing a Bilingual Storytime

Laura Kelly, Cinthya Bolanos


A college student shows the illustrations of the bilingual book What Can You Do with a Rebozo? She turns to several pages that she has marked, shows the pictures to children gathered for bilingual storytime, and talks about each picture in English. The student stops on the page that describes a baile, or dance, that the child in the book does with her mamá’s rebozo, or brightly colored shawl. The student reads this page in Spanish and asks the children if they would like to dance with their own rebozos. The children excitedly say they would, and the student passes out play scarves. The children jump, clap, stomp, and sing along with their rebozos while dancing to an English song.

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