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Recommended for children in kindergarten through 4th grade.

It can be challenging for young children to learn English if it is not spoken regularly at home. The Bilingual Lend an Ear: Environmental Awareness through Reading Virtual Storytime series offers an opportunity to engage Spanish-speaking students through reading and interactive activities.  Listening to a natural resource book read aloud can help bilingual students develop their English language skills, confidence, and general reading abilities while increasing environmental awareness.

Students who only speak English will be enabled to connect with their Spanish-speaking classmates in a new way while also fostering environmental appreciation.

The series is open to any K-4 teacher looking to diversify or supplement their classroom instruction and immerse their young students in Spanish and English reading comprehension focused on environmental topics.

In-person and Online Sessions Available

In-person sessions are available for Houston and Dale Counties. Sessions for other counties are available via Zoom.

How to Sign Up

Review the list of available book options below and choose the one that best suits the needs of your class. Email Kerry Steedley at kes0150@aces.edu to set up a time that works best for you! Once a time is set, you will receive an email confirmation with your in-person event date or a Zoom invitation link. If the book you choose has an accompanying teacher’s guide, it will be sent in the confirmation email as well.

New to Zoom? Visit the Zoom website to watch a video that will help you prepare to attend. You do not have to set up a Zoom account to participate.


Books Available for Bilingual Storytime

* The grade level is provided by Lee and Low Books Inc., when available, and by Amazon for those that not available through Lee and Low.

** Interest level and teachers guides are available through Lee and Low Books Inc. except in the case of The Patchwork Garden, which is provided by Reading Is Fundamental.

Book NameStory TypeThemeLanguagesGrade Level*Interest Level**Teachers Guide**
I Know the River Loves MeShort StoryWaterEnglish, Spanish1K-3Yes
Animal Poems of the IguazúPoemWildlife, BiodiversityEnglish, Spanish33-5No
Olinguito from A to Z!Story/PoemWildlife, BiodiversityEnglish, Spanish3K-6Yes
Water Rolls, Water RisesPoemWaterEnglish, Spanish 31-6Yes
Galapagos GirlStoryWildlife, BiodiversityEnglish, Spanish3K-5Yes
Talking with Mother EarthPoemNative StoriesEnglish, SpanishK-3No
Butterflies on Carmen StreetStoryMonarch ButterflyEnglish, SpanishK-2 (2)No
The Patchwork GardenStoryGardeningEnglish, SpanishK-4 (3)Yes
Water, Little WaterPoemForms of WaterEnglish, Spanish, and Nahutl 1-2No


Take the Survey

Did you join us for a Bilingual Lend and EAR webinar? We want to hear from you! Take just a minute or two and fill out the short survey below and tell us what you think. These surveys not only help better our programs but also help determine federal and state funding. This funding allows us to continue providing affordable, research-based education to you and your family. 

Take the Bilingual Lend an EAR Story Time Series Survey

Note that the above survey link is specific to the Bilingual Story Time Series. For the Lend and Ear (English) Storytime, hosted by Roosevelt Robinson, please visit this survey instead.

More Information

Contact Kerry Steedley or Karnita Garner for more information about this series or to learn about other Spanish language programs related to natural resources offered throughout the state.

UESEP: Urban Environmental Science Education Program provides adults and youth with natural resource conservation strategies that lead to improved environmental awareness and stewardship.



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