Criss Cross Mangosauce is an edutainment company founded in 2007 to foster children’s love for languages, cultures and arts. Criss Cross Mangosauce offers bilingual (English/Spanish) programs, products and resources for libraries, schools and families interested in raising bilingual and globally minded children: Bilingual CDs and books; educational performances; workshops for educators, librarians and families and on-line educational resources.
The concept was created by Irania Patterson (Children’s author, Storyteller and Educator) and Ana Lucia Divins (Singer-Songwriter, Multicultural Marketer and Entrepreneur). We are Latina moms, performing artists and educators passionate about fostering children’s love for languages, cultures and arts. Inspired by our own experiences raising bilingual children and working with bilingual audiences for many years, we share with others their Hispanic heritage and Spanish language in a fun and educational way.
Collaborating with other talented musicians, we introduce Spanish language and Latin culture in a fun and educational way using a combination of original music, stories and drama.
We believe in the power of the performing arts to provide authentic linguistic and inter-cultural experiences that eventually will foster a more inclusive society and will open minds to other cultures and languages.
Criss Cross Mangosauce offers a family friendly answer to the growing need for bi-cultural educational programs, considering the fast growth of the Hispanic population in the US. Our high energy and engaging programs promote cross-cultural understanding as well as the development of language, motor and literacy skills.