Glen Echo, Maryland, September 24, 2019 – Whistlefritz, the acclaimed producer of Spanish and French language-learning programs for toddlers and preschoolers, has received top honors from the prestigious National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). Named 2019 NAPPA Award Winners are the boxed set of videos and music Spanish For Kids: LA GRAN COLECCIÓN and the CD CARNAVAL, a lively, fun collection of original Spanish learning songs.
These honors are the latest accolades for Whistlefritz. In total, Whistlefritz’s Spanish for Kids and French for Kids music, videos, and lesson plans have earned over 100 national honors and awards from the most-respected organizations in children’s media, including the Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Center, KIDS FIRST!, The Dove Foundation, Mr. Dad, and many more. In a recent review, Midwest Book Review lauded Whistlefritz, saying its products are ‘Ideal and unreservedly recommended.’
With five full-length videos and four music-filled albums, LA GRAN COLECCIÓN offers a range of captivating content to help young kids learn Spanish vocabulary for everything from food to animals, parts of the body, numbers, colors, the four seasons and so much more. Kids will love the variety of musical styles, including salsa, merengue, corrido, cumbia, ranchera, rumba, calypso, soca, soukous, jazz and country.
CARNAVAL is a festive collection of Spanish children’s songs. The Spanish-learning journey begins with a tour of the Spanish-speaking world in ¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?), and continues with irresistible celebration-themed songs – Carnaval, Halloween, Thanksgiving – that teach children Spanish words for celebrations, family, food, camping, feelings, and much more! From calypso, soca, and soukous to New Orleans second line, jazz, Latin, and country, the CD’s diverse musical styles are a carnaval for the ears.
Both LA GRAN COLECCION and CARNAVAL feature original music from internationally- renowned artists, including Cuban-American vocalist Ileana Pérez, composer Didier Prossaird and award-winning singer and songwriter Jorge Anaya.
“Introducing children to other languages and cultures is such a wonderful way to expand their world view and build empathy,” says Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards. “La Gran Coleccion is fun filled music and videos to introduce children to Latin culture and the Spanish language. Carnaval’s catchy songs not only will make you want to get up and dance, but also provide a wonderful learning tool to introduce the Spanish language to your kids. The whole family will enjoy these collections.”
All Whistlefritz products are designed using the language immersion method most recommended by language acquisition experts. Through immersion, children learn a second language by hearing and speaking only that language without translation. Although no English is spoken on the Whistlefritz language-learning products, the programs are designed so that children can understand the action from context and visual clues. In addition, the videos are available with Spanish and English subtitle options, as well as translation guides to support parents who are learning along with their kids. Unlike many language programs, Whistlefritz programs include live native-speaking adults and kids, not just animation, so that children can watch and imitate the way real speakers articulate words.
Whistlefritz products are available on Amazon, iTunes and Whistlefritz.com. Suggested retail price for Spanish for Kids: LA GRAN COLECCIÓN is $120.00. SRP for CARNAVAL is $14.99
Since its founding, Whistlefritz has worked with families and teachers across the globe to create entertaining and educational programs that inspire children’s love of languages! Whistlefritz was borne out of a mom’s passion to raise her children bilingually. Motivated by research showing that early childhood is the best time to learn a language, Whistlefritz’s founder set out on a mission to assemble high-quality learning resources for her kids. Not finding what she wanted, she decided to create them: engaging programs with whimsical storylines, colorful animation and graphics, delightful characters, live-action footage, and irresistible music for her own kids and kids everywhere!