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LéaLA is back! May 11-13 2012

I took my son to a doctor’s appointment today and my daughter needed to tag along.  Which is really no problem since she likes this doctor’s office. Even though the appointment was for my son, the doctor always let’s her have her pick at the special “book” bin.

In past visits, the kids have always picked a typical book for themselves.  A girly one for her and a boy one for him.  Since my son is reading chapter books at school, he picked a book he can share at school.  My nena on the other hand, picked a book that kinda caught me off guard.  She picked a book called: Sofía y el vestido morado~ Sofia and the purple dress.

First she asked if it was a Spanish book.  I answered, yes!  Then she went on to flip through the book and asked if the book had English in it (my daughter is in pre-school and doesn’t read yet). Again, I said yes.  I proceeded to read it to her in English.  As I would flip the page to continue reading, she noticed that I wasn’t reading the Spanish portion of the story.  She started to accuse me of skipping parts!

How dare she!  For the record, I never do that.  (he he)

I told her and showed her that the words were in Spanish and since I was reading the English parts only, I was skipping the Spanish parts.  She stood quiet. I continued reading and then she stopped me again, only to tell me to read the Spanish portion too. I agreed.  And to my surprise, my son got closer to hear the story too.

I’ve read to my kids many times in Spanish before.  This is nothing new to them and I am so grateful for that.  I love reading to my kids in Spanish and they like hearing it.  I love adding to our collection of bilingual books.  Most of all… I love when they recognize a word in Spanish and they stop me to tell me the word in English.

Spanish language books are an important part in my life and that of my kids.  Which brings me the wonderful opportunity to announce the return of LéaLA Feria del Libro en Español de Los Ángeles.

This event seeks to encourage reading, promote Spanish-language books and foster recognition of the Latino population, their culture and customs. LéaLA is an initiative backed by the University of Guadalajara at Los Angeles and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL). ~lea-la.com
Take a look at last year’s fun at the Feria

LéaLA is a one of a kind fair, here in the states that is focused in  featuring authors from all the countries of Latin America as well as California and U.S. authors. The 2nd annual LéaLA Feria del Libro en Español de Los Ángeles will offer:

  • Triple the space for sale of books, seminars, panel sessions, book signings and children’s activities.
  • More than 130 renowned authors
  • Over 180 publishing houses representing most Latin America
  • Plenary sessions, author talks, book signings
  • Kids zone with workshops, interactive book readings and activities
  •  Readings by top celebrities
  • Three concerts at Nokia Theatre, one each night – Tickets are on sale separately.

The best part about the fair is that it’s completely free.

The website is in both English and Spanish.

Follow them on Facebook for more info and constant updates regarding LéaLA.

Follow them on Twitter to chat with others as we all prepare to welcome back LéaLA Feria del Libro en Español de Los Ángeles!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – May 11, 12, and 13, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free admission

Los Angeles Convention Center – South Hall K
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015

¡Nos vemos en la feria!



This is a sponsored post with LéaLA through Latina Bloggers Connect.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. The fair is almost entirely in Spanish.  Still, don’t let that stop you from attending.

Liz Cerezo

Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!

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