Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa | Counting in a Portuguese Kitchen and Baking ABC - English / Portuguese introduce readers to the alphabet, baking terms, and the flavors and food of the Azores Islands and Portugal. Learn more about these unique books below.
Why Portuguese children's books?
Studies have shown that Portuguese youth have looser ties to their heritage and language than their parents or grandparents. Bilingual books like Baking ABC and Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa offer families the opportunity to learn and reinforce Portuguese words with younger generations within homes that are increasingly becoming English-dominant.
Are these books for me?
Baking ABC and Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa are perfect for anyone who wants to bring more bilingual titles into their household, school, and community.
Families...experience the joy of reading and learning a language together
Bakers...ignite your child's interest in baking at a young age without the mess
People with Portuguese roots...reacquaint yourself with the language of your ancestors and family
Students of Portuguese...expand your vocabulary with this simple and engaging format
Few bilingual children's books in the United States are published in European Portuguese, and books like Baking ABC and Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa are hard to find. Definitely treasures for your library!
What if I'm not Portuguese?
Baking ABC and Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa are great for anyone looking to learn Portuguese, regardless of your background. Numerous studies have shown benefits of learning a second language (or third or fourth!), including improvements in memory and critical thinking. Baking ABC and Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa offer a great start, especially for kids ages 0-5. With a focus on baking, these books are also a fun way to ignite your child's interest in baking (without the mess!).
How is this book different from other Portuguese children's books in the U.S.?
Very few bilingual children's books in the United States are published in Continental / European Portuguese. Most are printed in Brazilian Portuguese. While there are similarities between Brazilian and European Portuguese, there are differences in intonation, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Baking ABC and Contar Numa Cozinha Portuguesa are written with a Continental / European Portuguese accent, but any learner of Portuguese will enjoy them. In both books, every Portuguese word is followed by a transliteration guide to help with pronunciation.
How did these books come to be?
Elizebett was born in the United States to immigrants from Terceira Island in the Azores. Soon after becoming a mom, she wanted to strengthen her family’s connection to their roots by reading bilingual books together, but she struggled to find many options in the U.S. written in European Portuguese. Elizebett started writing bilingual children’s books for her daughter, M, to combine learning Portuguese with their love of baking.