If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for your little ones that kids and parents will both get a kick out of, then look no further. Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Lopez, and an adorable bilingual chicken are here to save the day. Con Pollo is the new children’s book we should all read with our little chickens. The brains behind the book are the magical pairing we didn’t know we needed – late-night TV host, author, and comedian Jimmy Fallon and Latina superstar Jennifer Lopez.
Together they have collaborated to help teach little kids and families Spanish. Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure is about a friendly little chicken named Pollo who likes to have adventures and play. Throughout the story, the book shares the Spanish terms for what Pollo is doing to encourage bilingualism in a very approachable, engaging, and adorable way.
While Fallon is not new to children’s books – he’s published five best-selling kids’ books, including Everything is Mama, Your Baby’s First Word Will be Dada, and Nana Loves You More. This is Lopez’s first crack at a children’s book.
“I’m so excited to launch my first children’s book, and it’s even more special to collaborate with Jimmy!” Lopez said in a statement to PEOPLE.
A beautifully illustrated book
Con Pollo is also beautiful to look at.
Artistic genius Andrea Campos brought Con Pollo to life. She is a first-generation Latinx illustrator and photographer born to immigrant parents and is committed to inclusive storytelling.
Yes, this book is adorable and fun to read with kids (Jimmy Fallon knows how to make book time cute and silly), but it also helps teach kids Spanish, and experts agree there are many benefits of bilingualism in young children. Learning a second language as a child can help with visual response time and may improve a person’s ability to shift focus, according to a study published in January 2021 in the journal Scientific. In addition, learning a second language encourages empathy, boosts executive functioning skills, and provides educational and social advantages.
So bottom line: learning a second language is essential, and this adorable bilingual book can help incorporate Spanish into your family. “I wish that I kind of took other languages more seriously when I was a kid; it also wasn’t really offered where I grew up,” said Fallon.
Clearly, this book is a product of love.
And if you’re looking for a bit more of an elaborate gift package, then give the ultimate bedtime gift – Con Pollo with limited edition matching pajamas!
These PJs are truly the softest, most comfortable sleepwear, and with a lovely pattern to match the adorable bedtime book, your kids will be in heaven, and you’ll win the prize for best gift-giver. This charming brand also offers super soft sweatshirts with funny designs that bring the clever chicken to life. Your kids will not want to take these clothes off or put their new book down. Thank us later.