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4 Heroes to Get Children Interested in Learning Spanish

Almost 390 million people speak Spanish worldwide, but it can be tough to get your children engaged in a new language. If you and your kids are suffering from movie madness, you can use your love for superheroes to your advantage — not only do heroes highlight important moral values for your kids to look up to, they can be great motivators in learning new skills. Here are five Latino/a superheroes that deserve their own Spanish story books.

1. Living Lightning
Living Lightning has the ability to turn into lightning and control lightning at will. This brand new superhero debuts this year and he’s not only Latino — he’s gay. Though he’s not in any Spanish story books (yet), Marvel Comics’ push toward diversifying their heroes gives children an icon that generations’ past have never experienced. Plus, he’s only in comics right now — a great way to get your child interested in reading.

2. El Gato Negro
Who doesn’t love black cats? This social worker moonlights as a detective hero. He’s not only smart, he’s caring and works to better his community. As a social worker, he also has a degree, encouraging young students to work even harder to achieve their dreams. Mention his dedication and prowess in your elementary Spanish class and watch your children try to follow in his footsteps.

3. Miss America
Spanish is inherent in American culture and no hero represents it better than Miss America (AKA America Chavez). She’s the first Latina to take up the mantle as Miss America and she serves as a strong, beautiful hero any young woman can look up to. Additionally, she’s openly gay — not only is she an icon for women, she helps represent the shift toward LGBTQ+ acceptance in the United States. For children learning elementary Spanish, she’s a great inspiration to learn about the culture and language (despite coming from another universe).

4. Araña
Anya Corazón (last name meaning “heart”) is a Latina version of the popular Spider-Man. Not only is she more spider-like than the classic web-slinger, she even speaks two languages: English and Spanish. If this teenager can do it, so can your kids! For preschool Spanish lessons, she’s also a great way to teach kids some spiders aren’t so scary.

Spanish story books are great for young children to help hone their Spanish skills. Utilizing different literary mediums as children grow can keep them engaged in topics that they might otherwise lose interest in. It’s important to create diversity in a Spanish curriculum for children in order to target their interests and help them learn. Though these Latino/a superheroes may not be as well-known in contrast to their bigscreen counterparts, they offer important values and inspiration for children of all walks of life.

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