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Casa Colibri Books, an imprint of Skillful & Soulful Press
Bilingual children’s books that teach fancy words through stories of identity, culture, & loving parent-child relationships.

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The sophisticated words that we select for our bilingual books are very intentional. The books we create are for families with children ranging in age from about 3-years old to 8-years old. Like all picture books, our books are intended to be read aloud to a child by a loving caretaker. Adults are encouraged to engage the child in conversation by asking lots of questions about the rare words they hear, the vibrant illustrations they see, or anything else that is of interest to the child. 

Reading experts say that young children who hear new and interesting words are better prepared to succeed when they enter school. This exposure to words also promotes a desire to read books and awakens a love of language that helps children become stronger readers.

"Written words can also sing"

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer and academic

We seek to establish partnerships with public libraries, school districts, preschools, family service organizations, parent education and school readiness programs, or any other non-profit advocacy organizations that work with families with young children. The goal is to increase the number of children receiving bilingual picture books with a unique positive message and share a robust vocabulary that supports early literacy skills.



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Parent Tip: Our books are intended to be shared by families in a very interactive way. Read the story aloud and engage your child with the beautiful words in the book. Repeat the fancy words in English and Spanish. Ask your child which word is their favorite. Which is your favorite word?!

Parent Tip: If your child is interested in only one page of the book and then appears to be ready to move on to another activity, follow your child’s lead. Reading books together is a time to bond and should never, ever, ever, feel like a chore for you or your child. 

“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have in words.”

“Los límites de mi lenguaje son los límites de mi mente. Todo lo que se, lo tengo en palabras.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
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