An honest review of the monthly Spanish book subscription box
I still remember my favorite baby shower gift when we were expecting our first. I was teaching in a Spanish immersion program in Arizona, far from family and friends back in the Midwest. My thoughtful teacher friends threw me a baby shower, and I got a start on all the baby gear we’d need!
The gift I remember the most – my favorite – was from my friend, María, a mom of three bilingual boys. Inside were several SPANISH board books for our new baby – the very start of our family’s Spanish children’s book collection. Flipping through the sturdy pages, I could imagine it all: the story time snuggles, the bedtime poems and songs, the beginning of my child’s love of books and reading.
Ten years later, we’re up to three bilingual niños! And that growing collection of Spanish books has been an absolutely integral piece of our bilingual parenting. Filling our home with Spanish books allows us to learn about anything imaginable and connect during a busy day. We get all the bedtime snuggles, and improve our vocabulary – all in our target language of Spanish!
But how do you know which books to pick? This is where I want to share a top tip you’ll want to hear: Sol Book Box! As a true lover of Spanish children’s books, I can tell you that the selections you’ll get from Sol Book Box will become well-worn favorites. No more searching on Amazon or wishing your library had more libros españoles.
Sol Book Box showing up on your doorstep will be a monthly present you and your child can count on for Spanish and reading enjoyment. It’s the friend you need with all the top book picks for your little one! Let me tell you more…
Sol Book Box
Sol Book Box was founded by Vanessa Nielsen Molina. I’ve been following Vanessa’s work with Sol Book Box for a few years now, and I admire her love for libros, the Spanish language, and inspiring joyful reading for kids! She shares my fervent passion for all things language and literacy!
The book subscription box she and her team have created includes Spanish and bilingual books. It is an excellent educational resource for bilingual families – those who already speak Spanish at home or who are learning some Spanish together! The monthly boxes are also a helpful tool for families looking to support their child’s language learning at day care or school.
If you have little learners between birth and lower elementary school, Sol Book Box can help set you up for success growing your home library and promoting daily Spanish language use.
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My favorite thing about Sol Book Box is that the choices they make reflect my own values for my children. They are thoughtfully selected and cover themes that you find here on Bilingual Balance: kindness, empathy, global citizenship, and a love for language and culture.
You’ll find that the books you receive are authentic, beautifully illustrated, and engaging for young children. They’re sourced from Spain, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.
Sol Book Box’s Jeff Cambron says it perfectly: “In the case of Spanish and bilingual picture or board books, we consider authenticity, and relevancy to be the two key factors that help turn new stories into favorite stories. That’s why we work with publishers in Latin America, Spain, and more, and make sure to select books with contemporary themes that will resonate with today’s readers.”
Our family’s latest box included an adorable board book called “La jirafa Rafa” by Carocolino and Canizales. This libro was printed in Spain and is a silly sing-along story for the littlest learners. We loved the authentic rhymes in Spanish (unlike some translated English books) and that it included a QR code to access the accompanying song!
We also received the Spanish board book “Copito” (pictured above) by María Luz Malamud and illustrated by Luciana Feito. This one was printed in Argentina and was a perfect pick for the middle of winter! My youngest adored counting along as the child in the story added items to make a sweet snowman.
Another recent favorite selection was the picture book “Los coquíes aún cantan” by Karina Nicole González, illustrated by Krystal Quiles. Printed in New York, it’s by a Puerto Rican American. A heartwarming and gorgeous book that my older two children (10 and 7) enjoyed, it tells the story of rebuilding homes and restoring hope after a hurricane reaches a young girl’s home in Puerto Rico.
Sol Book Box has three types of subscription boxes. It’s easy to get started by selecting a type of box, completing a brief survey about your little linguists, and setting up a one-time purchase or a subscription. Here’s what you need to know about the three boxes.
- Picture Book Box
- This box (for ages 4-8) includes a new hand-selected picture book for your little reader – every month! You’ll get Sol Book Box’s book of the month delivered to your doorstep to read, reread, and reread at home. A “set it and forget it” way to build up your home library – with excepcional books from around the world.
- Board Book Box
- This box (for ages 0-3) sends you two sturdy, delightful board books each month. This would be the perfect gift for new bilingual parents! You can read the books aloud to your baby from day one, and watch as they start to hold the books on their own, flip the pages, and grow their love for books.
- Familia Book Box
- Our favorite box (for ages 0-8) brings you three Spanish or bilingual books each month! With the familia box, you’ll receive one picture book and two board books to enjoy together. This one is a great choice for families, like mine, with multiple children of varying ages.
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The best thing about Sol Book Box is that, unlike so many other monthly kids’ subscriptions, your gifts can be used again and again. We’ve tried a wide range of subscription boxes, and most include items that my kids assemble, play, or use once and forget. But these beautiful, quality Spanish and bilingual books will bring so much joy and reading time to your home. And they can be passed down to siblings, cousins, or friends!
On Sol Book Box’s Inspiration page, you’ll also find plenty of ideas for new books to check out and enjoy with your child. You’ll discover top book choices for themes like pirates, food, or monsters! Take a look to motivate your child with something they’re interested in.
What’s more, you’ll also find a treasure trove of posts on reading topics. Head there today to inspire you and your readers as you nurture a love for reading in two languages!
Enjoy! I hope you’ll give Sol Book Box a try and that you’ll love it as much as we do. Whether you’re just starting out with your first baby (like I was!) or looking to keep your bilingual children inspired to learn Spanish, you’ll love this exciting resource.
This is a sponsored post, but rest assured that the opinions are my own and I only share about resources that my bilingual family loves. ~Jenna