Exploring the Inspiration Behind ¡Numeros, Baby! – Part II

¡Números, Baby! – our upcoming release introducing little ones to numbers in Spanish is vividly inspired by the authors’ own travels to Latin America and Spain. In the second part of this 3-part blog post, co-author Golzar Kheiltash shares her travel adventure that brought a distinct flavor to Baby Ventures’™ newest board book!

PART II: Co-author Golzar Kheiltash gets a taste of Spain

Before my family immigrated to California from Iran in the 80’s, I had already lived on two continents, across 6 cities. I was bilingual – in Persian and English – and felt the singular childhood excitement that comes from hearing different languages, seeing smiling new faces, and exploring vibrant new locales across the globe.

Happily, this excitement carried into my adulthood, starting with my last summer at university when I traveled across Europe on my own. During my trip, I visited Barcelona, Spain, not once but twice! ¿Por qué? Because one trip wasn’t enough to take in Barcelona’s lively energy, welcoming residents, rich cultural landmarks, and…seriously delectable eats (even on my student budget)!

Barcelona Gaudi

Whether you’re a tourist or native to Spain, one thing is for sure: food – and gathering to eat it – is an integral part of life here. Geography also plays an important role in the fresh and diverse flavors of Spanish cuisine: Located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, most of Spain’s borders are with water, namely the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Bay of Biscay (it also shares land borders with Portugal and France). This coastal landscape plays a key role in Spanish food, with distinctive culinary elements ranging from region to region.

In Barcelona (located in the region of Catalonia), I started my foodie adventure with a visit to the bustling, 800-year old Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boquería. With an abundance of fresh meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and much more (including some tapas bars), La Boquería was a veritable feast for the senses, and the perfect place to get acclimated to tasty Spanish eats. The universally recognized Spanish dish – paella – was what I was keenest to try, and locals assured me that this beloved, saffron and olive oil infused dish was best homemade (though some top-notch restaurants do their best to compete).

Barcelona market

Despite traveling alone, I didn’t eat alone – often a table of friendly locals, or even the restaurant owners themselves – would keep me company as we spoke in Spanish and enjoyed our meal. On my second visit to Barcelona, I was lucky enough to have homemade paella (with a Catalan twist). Paella originated from the neighboring region of Valencia as a hearty dish prepared by farmers. A proud symbol of this region, paella is also enjoyed throughout Spain, particularly at family gatherings and holidays. Traditionally shared right out of the wide pan it’s prepared in, paella depicts the essence of coming together over a delicious meal.

Barcelona restaurant

I hope little ones enjoy our taste of Spain in ¡Números, Baby! as they learn to count from uno a diez!

Speaking of counting – we’re also counting on YOU to help us ensure that fresh food with local flavors gets to communities affected by natural disasters. We are deeply proud to announce that proceeds from the sale of every ¡Números, Baby! book will go to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization reaching vulnerable families from Puerto Rico to Guatemala and beyond. Founded by renowned Spanish chef and Washington, DC resident, José Andrés, WCK is at the forefront of providing comfort and sustenance with homemade, locally-inspired meals to communities in need.

Next spring, I’m returning to Barcelona – this time with mi marido y mija (both of whom also happen to be HUGE Barça fans). I can’t wait to venture to this beautiful, historic, and lively metropolis with my family to revisit old haunts and discover new ones. I especially can’t wait to have my little one try paella and practice her números en español!

De mi familia a la suya,

Golzar

 

Exploring the Inspiration Behind ¡Numeros, Baby! – Part I

At Baby Ventures™, we’re big believers in teaching little ones new languages early on, to help their brains develop and their worldviews expand! Our newest board book was created with just that in mind (excuse the pun): ¡Números, Baby! is a bilingual Spanish-English counting primer perfect for introducing little ones to uno a diez. Inspired by the authors’ own travels to Latin America and Spain, youngsters learn to count while also exploring the unique beauty and diversity of Spanish-speaking locales throughout the world.

Announcing our new book/ Anunciando nuestro nuevo libro: ¡NÚMEROS, BABY!

At Baby Ventures, our philosophy is simple: creating one-of-a-kind board books that inspire young children to explore our diverse world, one adventure at a time!

This was the driving impetus behind the upcoming release of our new title, ¡Números, Baby! – a vibrant bilingual board book teaching little ones numbers in Spanish! But uno a diez is just the beginning: with illustrations inspired by our own travels, youngsters learn to count while also exploring the beauty and diversity of Spanish speaking locales throughout the world. 1, 2, 3…¡vamos a contar! Continue reading Announcing our new book/ Anunciando nuestro nuevo libro: ¡NÚMEROS, BABY!

July 24th: Join us for story time at the Green Chateau!

Calling all Los Angeles area little ones! We’re heading to the west coast for a very special story time with local author Jackelyn Shultz at the wonderful Green Chateau Indoor Playground.

Join us next Tuesday, July 24th at 4 PM for an adventure-filled afternoon featuring a read aloud of both “Abbey & Axel’s Guide to Adventure” by Jackelyn as well as the “ABCs of Washington, DC” by Baby Ventures co-author Golzar Kheiltash. Both authors will also be on hand to sign copies of their books!

Visit the Green Chateau’s website to register for this fun-filled event – we can’t wait to see your little SoCal bookworms there!

At Children’s National Hospital in DC, Medicine comes with Magic

By Golzar Kheiltash, Co-Author

My friend, a hardworking and always smiling young woman, has had a pacemaker since she was a baby. Now in her twenties, she’s a dedicated nursing student with an ambitious goal upon graduation: to work in Pediatric Cardiology, at the same hospital that has been caring for her own heart condition since infancy: Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Continue reading At Children’s National Hospital in DC, Medicine comes with Magic

Join us for Family Funday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival: May 19th!

Calling all bookworms, big and small! We’re excited to announce that Baby Ventures has been selected for the second year in a row to participate in the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 19, 2018! Since its founding in 2010, this Festival has become a top literary event for the whole family in the greater Washington, DC region, attracting hundreds of award-winning authors, poets and songwriters. From author readings to story time and sing-alongs for children, the Festival is the perfect outing for bookworms of all ages! Continue reading Join us for Family Funday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival: May 19th!

Donate $5 to Children’s National & Get a Free Book!

We recently had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful staff of the Family Library at Children’s National Medical Center. Located in Washington, DC, Children’s National provides medical care to all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The Family Library offers patients and families a quiet place for reading and respite, a book cart delivery to patients’ bedsides, Storybook Magic events and much more. And we were thrilled to be invited to host an upcoming Storybook Magic event on Tuesday, April 24th at 11 AM, where we’ll be reading from our ABCs of Washington, DC book!   Continue reading Donate $5 to Children’s National & Get a Free Book!

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look into Baby Ventures

Baby Ventures co-founders Golzar Kheiltash and Lisa Hall were recently interviewed by local DC photographer and blogger Allison Fitzsimmons. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Allison, sharing our Baby Ventures story, discussing the importance of early learning and much more.

Check out the interview (and her beautiful photos of our books) here and get a behind-the-scenes look into Baby Ventures and our next book, scheduled to release this fall!

Happy reading adventures!

*Photo by Allison Fitzsimmons

Now Available: The ABCs of Annapolis Board Book

Hot off the presses! Baby Ventures’ second board book, The ABCs of Annapolis: Maryland’s Capital City, is now available! Little ones will love practicing their ABCs while learning about Maryland’s charming capital city by the Chesapeake Bay.

This 26-page board book provides a distinctly native take on Annapolis life and locales. From the annual Tug of War to Main Street and more, Annapolis is brought to life from the distinct perspective of a long-time resident and local enthusiast, Baby Ventures co-founder Lisa Hall. To learn more about the impetus behind the book, check out this blog post featuring a Q&A with Baby Ventures co-founders. 

Whether it’s ice skating at Quiet Waters park or kayaking on the creeks, we hope our ABCs of Annapolis spark some memorable family adventures of your own.

Happy ABC adventures, little ones!

Annapolis, Meet the ABCs!

Baby Ventures co-authors Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash welcome their second title, The ABCs of Annapolis! From Art scene to Zooplankton, each page brings Maryland’s capital city to life with Lisa’s vibrant artwork and personal affection for the city she now calls home. Learn all about the impetus behind The ABCs of Annapolis from Lisa and Golzar in the Q&A below! Continue reading Annapolis, Meet the ABCs!