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
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.
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.
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
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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