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Bubble songs in Spanish

I recently translated and started singing two new bubble songs in my programs:

Adios Burbujas (a goodbye song I learned in grad school from one of my mentors)

Adiós burbujas, adiós burbujas
Ya nos vamos, ya nos vamos
Nos vemos otro día, nos vemos otro día
Adiós, adiós

Burbujas en el aire (a translation of this song)

Hay burbujas en el aire, en el aire,
Hay burbujas en el aire, en el aire,
Hay burbujas por acá,
Hay burbujas por allá,
Hay burbujas en el aire, en el aire

Hay burbujas muy arriba, arriba
Hay burbujas muy arriba, arriba
Hay burbujas muy arriba,
Muy arriba en el cielo,
Hay burbujas muy arriba, arriba

Hay burbujas muy abajo, muy abajo,
Hay burbujas muy abajo, muy abajo,
Hay burbujas muy abajo,
Y me tocan los pies,
Hay burbujas muy abajo, muy abajo


Family Fiesta

When I decided to take a break from doing traditional bilingual storytimes, I knew that I still wanted to offer some Spanish language programming. In January I planned a Family Fiesta for the end of April as a celebration of  Día de los Niños, complete with a salsa tasting and a piñata. Even though since then I’ve moved to another library, I went back for this awesome party!

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Burbuja, Burbuja, POP!

The current favorite storytime song at my library is Bubble, Bubble, Pop! I don’t know if it’s the bubbles or the pop or maybe just my fabulous singing voice (ha!), but they LOVE this one. We do it all the time, and I have a whole bag of felt fish to go along with. So clearly, I decided that we needed to be singing this great song in Spanish too.

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Bilingual stories en la escuela

Part of my re-vamped bilingual storytime plan included monthly visits to read bilingual stories at one of our elementary schools. This school has the highest number of Hispanic kids and ELL families, and the school librarian agreed to let me come read to every single K, 1, and 2 class during library time the last week of each month. I love reading to older kids, and I was super excited to share stories in Spanish, highlight Hispanic authors and illustrators, and make some more connections with the kids.

I figured I could probably bank on at least one kid in each class knowing who I am, and fortunately I was right (although some just remembered me as “the lady who wore the costume“). Most classes had at least one kid who knew a little Spanish, and my favorite part was watching their eyes light up when I spoke to them in Spanish and seeing the pride on their faces as they told me that they/their dad/grandma/mom/uncle speaks Spanish too!

So here’s what we’ve done so far:

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Family Fun Night: Not a box

This Family Fun Night was held at a local elementary school for the Head Start class. This year they have a high number of Hispanic kids and I love doing bilingual storytime with this group.

The Head Start Family Fun Nights always start with a free dinner, and families that need transportation are bussed to the school. Rather than just a storytime, the teacher wanted something for this event that would really encourage parent/child playing and interactions as well as literacy. Some of her kids never play (or read) with their parents, and she wanted to provide an opportunity for play and learning for both parents and kids. So I came up with a super easy and fun Not a Box program!

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Vamos a la luna!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom is one of my storytime favorites. I swear, this song is preschooler crack. They ALWAYS request it before I even say what song we’re going to do. We go to the moon, we go to the stars, we go to Mars or Saturn, sometimes we go super fast and we always go back to earth really quietly so we can read another story.


This year, I’ve been adding in more Spanish to my outreach storytimes, and recently a kid asked for Zoom Zoom Zoom in Spanish! I couldn’t find a Spanish version anywhere, so I created my own. Here you go!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom: Vamos a la luna

Zoom, zoom, zoom
Vamos a la luna.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Vamos a la luna.

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Zoom, zoom, zoom
Vamos a la luna.
En 5, 4, 3, 2, 1