Jonathan Keller and Isabel Lopes, two local parents with children at the International Charter School of Pawtucket wanted a way to share reading resources and encourage reading among families with connections to or interest in the Portuguese language. They started the “bilingual” blog icsportugues.blogspot.com full of online resources for parents and caregivers who would like to read more with their children in Portuguese.
They are passionate about their mission. Future plans include encouraging and promoting the benefits of reading aloud quality Portuguese picture books with children/grandchildren to preserve linguistic/cultural heritage, raising awareness of the existing campaigns to increase/promote reading in Brazil and Portugal (and expanding the reach of those efforts to the Portuguese speaking community in the US), help public libraries acquire more quality Portuguese children’s literature, and establish volunteer-led Portuguese story-times in local libraries.
Check it out, pass it on.