Inspired by an NPR story regarding the lack of bilingual books that address the specific nuances of bilingual kids living in the US, I wrote a series of kids’ books based on very simple illustrations and tongue-in-cheek poetry. The books tell the stories of twin girls, Anabella and Jazmin, that grow up in Daytona Beach, FL surrounded by their family that migrated from Argentina.
These books attempt to expose the things that seem mundane but that have a deep effect in forming and shaping bilingual individuals, such as having “multiple” names. ”Bella Bela” and “Chazy Jazzy” are two stories about two girls that hear their name one way when their parents and family members (that speak Spanish) say it, and another way when their teachers, friends and neighbors (that speak English) say it. They are the first two books of a series that will explore these themes further.
Tools: Illustrator, hand sketching and coloring (with my cool Copic markers! thanks Miro :)
*This project was developed as a gift to my nieces.