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Pura Belpre Award Winners 1996 -2016

Pura Belpré Award Winners 1996 - 2016 | Colours of Us

Multicultural Children's Book: Drum Dream Girl

Drum Dream Girl - Multicultural Children's Book of the Month

2016 Americas Award Winning Children's Books

2016 Américas Award Winning Children's Books

Costa Rica Travel Planning Tips - perfect for those planning their first visit to Costa Rica!

10 Costa Rica Travel Planning Tips

In this episode of Tico-ish, Christa and Ryan give you the inside scoop on the best places to beach vacation in Costa Rica!

Tico-ish Episode #005 – Costa Rica Beaches

The best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica are the Barcelo Resorts. Here we give you 5 reasons our family keeps going back!

Why We Visit Barceló Resorts

Costa Rica is a great place to visit with family, and in this post we outline the five best beaches to visit with young children.

Top 5 Costa Rica Beaches For Families

La Fortuna de Arenal is one of the top travel destinations in Costa Rica! Check out this article (from a former Costa Rican tour guide!) for details on the BEST places to eat in town, for any appetite!

Top Five Restaurants in La Fortuna de Arenal Costa Rica

Costa Rican recipe for carne en salsa, a shredded beef with tomato sauce. Easy, yummy, and an essential part of the traditional Costa Rican casado meal.

Costa Rican-Style Shredded Beef with Red Sauce (Carne en Salsa)

This Costa Rican shredded beef recipe is the base for lots of amazing typical dishes. Easy to make in the crockpot, and yields a savory beef broth as well.

Costa Rican-Style Shredded Beef Recipe

A simple recipe for the most popular dish in Costa Rica - chicken and rice. Everything you need to replicate this traditional dish at home.

Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) -Easy Costa Rican Recipe

Childhood small-town USA friends who married people from the same small town in Costa Rica? Yep, that's Christa and Ryan, here to tell outsiders looking in what it's like to be almost-Costa Rican. Check out the #tico-ish video here!

Tico-ish Episode #001 – Our Fate Is Sealed

Easy and healthy recipe for a traditional Costa Rican picadillo of green beans and carrots. Receta fácil de una comida típica de Costa Rica... picadillo de vainica con zanahoria.

Recipe for Picadillo de zanahoria con vainica (Picadillo with carrots and green beans)

Tips for travel to Costa Rica with young children, including what to pack and what not to pack, and where to buy the essentials. Free printable checklist too!

5 Travel Tips For Visiting Costa Rica With Young Children

One family's hilarious journey as they are detained at customs... and the poop that followed.

Immigration is the S****

A now bilingual mom shares her journey to learning Spanish in Costa Rica. Artículo bilingüe.

How I Learned Spanish Part 6 Costa Rica/Cómo aprendí español parte 6 Costa Rica

Gluten free, easy Sopa Azteca chicken tortilla soup recipe, Costa Rican style. Without the cheese, it's Paleo friendly too!

Recipe – Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)

How I learned Spanish Part 5: A Bilingual Post A music major's trip to Guatemala results in a "major" life change! Read about it here! Cómo aprendí el español, parte 5: un artículo bilingüe. ¡Un viaje a Guatemala resulta en un cambio de vida!

How I Learned Spanish Part 5/Cómo aprendí el español parte 5

Bicultural mom tells how she transitioned her babies to table food without using purees or Baby Led Weaning

Transitioning Babies to Solid Foods – Costa Rican Style

A white woman from Colorado shares her journey to bilingualism and biculturalism, starting with a moment on the family Homestead in Nebraska. Bilingual article. Una mujer comparte su experiencia de hacerse bilingüe y bicultural, empezando con un momento importante en la granja familiar en Nebraska. Articulo en español.

How I Learned Spanish Part 2/Cómo aprendí el español parte 2

How learning Spanish in school wasn`t initially successful. A bilingual article. Bilingüe: artículo en español.

How I Learned Spanish Part 3/Cómo aprendí el español parte 3

Another in the series of how I inadvertently learned Spanish. This time, I recount how I fell in love with Central America on a trip to Guatemala. Artículo bilingüe.

How I Learned Spanish Part 4/Cómo aprendí el español parte 4

A bilingual mom raising her kids in a monolingual Spanish speaking household tells the story about how she learned Spanish... and it wasn't from her parents!

How I Learned Spanish: Part/Cómo aprendí el español: parte uno

Una rica receta en español para un postre de semana santa, el tamal de masa estilo costarricense. A delicious Holy Week recipe, Costa Rican style.

Costa Rican Tamal de Masa Recipe

Classic Costa Rican recipe, Made in 30 minutes, and vegetarian.

Picadillo de Chayote