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THE STORY BEHIND IGUANA
As the parent of two bilingual, bicultural, biracial children, I feel strongly that I must expose my daughters to the beauty of the Spanish language and the richness of Latin American culture. My daughters love books but it is difficult to find original literature in Spanish. Most of the books that I have found are simply translations of books such as Dr. Seuss, and the Arthur and Franklin series. I am dismayed by the small quantity of quality children's literature written in Spanish. Therefore, with my daughters as an inspiration, I decided to start IGUANA, an educational magazine for Spanish speaking children. The dream for my daughters, and for all Latino children, is that they will continue to read in Spanish, to feel proud of being bilingual, and to never forget their roots. I hope that other parents share this dream by supporting Iguana magazine and its mission. ¡Lee ~ descubre ~ disfruta!

Christianne Meneses Jacobs
Editor


THE MISSION

IGUANA is a Spanish language magazine for children ages 7-12 who grow up learning and speaking Spanish. IGUANA features fictional stories with characters, experiences, and settings that are familiar to the targeted readership. Additionally, IGUANA will present biographies / interviews with personalities that have influenced the lives of Latinos in America; historical articles; stories about children around the world; science articles, with related experiments to be tried at home; nature articles; interesting facts; recipes that kids can make at home; craft projects; artwork; reader-submitted works; puzzles; games; humor; poetry; and contests.


THE VISION
IGUANA aims to instill in young children a pride for their native language by serving as a tool for Spanish language retention and Latino cultural preservation.

 

Christianne Meneses Jacobs
Founder / Editor
 
Mrs. Meneses Jacobs was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1988. She attended Los Angeles High School where she was Editor in Chief of both the Spanish and English newspapers. Having excelled in all academic subjects she received a four year scholarship to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan University, Mrs. Meneses Jacobs majored in Government with an emphasis in International Relations. After graduation she started her career as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. In 2001, she received a Master of Arts degree in Education, and in 2005 she received her Reading Specialist Certification. Mrs. Meneses Jacobs now resides in Arizona with husband Marc and their two daughters.   Christianne with 3 iguanas

Marc Jacobs
Art Director / Creative Guru

Mr. Jacobs was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Film and Television. After graduating, he worked at The Walt Disney Studios and New Line Cinema. During his tenure at both movie studios, he acquired a broad knowledge of marketing and promotions. He is also a talented graphic artist.

   


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