MILWAUKEE - At St. Hyacinth Parish, children gathered at the altar after Sunday Mass to hear a Curious George story read in English and Spanish.
Then, each of those children received a gift-wrapped bilingual book. This may be the first children's book they own.
"That's how I was raised, learning both languages," parent Jessica Esparza says. "It's good for my kids to learn both languages. So, I read to them every single night before going to bed."
The books are provided through a new partnership with national non-profit First Book.
The idea is to give new, high-quality bilingual books to families who may not be able to afford them.
"They are at a disadvantage because they don't have access to books as other kids probably would have and, of course, that creates the gap later on," organizer Luz Sosa says.
Local groups behind the First Book effort hope this is the first of many distributions.
A ten dollar donation buys four books through the program.
The Voces de la Frontera office at 1027 South 5th Street will house Milwaukee's First Book library and distribution center. Supporters of this project can contribute tax-deductible funds for books online through February 6th.