Bilingual Author Francisco Alarcon

By readingintheborderlands

I woke to news of the death of Francisco Alarcón, a Chicano poet and author of several bilingual children’s books. I’ve used his bilingual poetry with children and students in children’s literature courses many times; there’s just nothing like pulling out a bilingual picture book and seeing a group of kids go from disengaged to wide-eyed and enthusiastic when they see and hear words in Spanish. I applaud Francisco Alarcón for showing our Spanish-speaking students that their language and lives are valued enough to put in a book. How sad that we won’t see anything else from this fantastic author.51vbhf5eT4L._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_

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