I received a free copy of Omar el jaguar by Andrea Olatunji as a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. However, these thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Are you looking for a book written in authentic Spanish that explains the beauty and importance of diversity? If so, Omar el jaguar is just what you’ve been searching for.

What is Omar el jaguar about?

Celebrate diversity with Omar el jaguar, a beautiful children's book in authentic Spanish that shows the importance of diversity and working together with others. #ReadYourWorld

Omar el jaguar is set in the vibrant jungle. He is looking for friends to play with but cannot find anyone who is just like him. After searching all day, he remembers that he used to spend hours playing with his jungle friends. Suddenly he also notices that there aren’t as many trees as there used to be in his jungle. Omar decides that although they are nothing alike, he and his friends and have to stick together to take care of their home,

What makes Omar el jaguar a great book for your kids?

  • The author uses simple and repetitive language that makes the book easy to read.
  • Beautiful, vibrant illustrations are sure to capture any child’s attention.
  • You can use the book to teach children about the jungle and endangered species as well. The back of the book offers factual information about the jaguar to help your children learn more.
  • The book was written by a native Spanish speaker which means the language is authentic and flows naturally.

For a small preview of the book, check out this adorable video.

Celebra la importancia y belleza de la diversidad con Omar el jaguar. Este libro escrito en espanol autentico es perfecto para ensenar sus hijos sobre la diversidad y los animales de la selva. #ReadYourWorld

What else can I do with Omar el jaguar?

I love incorporating activities and crafts with books because it really helps literature come to life for kids. So, what can you do to help Omar el jaguar come to life? Check out these fun ideas:

  • If your child is working on letter recognition, this j is for jaguar craft would be a great learning tool. Then you can help your children practice the “ja” sound to better pronounce jaguar in Spanish.
  • Younger kids would love this paper plate jaguar mask.
  • You could also make some of Omar’s friends, like this handprint sloth, this paper chain snake, or this paper plate toucan.
  • After you’ve made Omar and his buddies, pretend you’re on your own safari with these DIY binoculars and other great playdate ideas.

Omar el jaguar is a great addition for any Spanish speaking family working to teach their kids the value and importance of diversity. If you are learning Spanish, the language is simple enough for you too! Click here to find out how to add a copy to your home library.

If you’d like you meet the author, check out our conversation about how to use books to help kids understand diversity.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

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