Happy birthday Dora! The spunky little Latina is turning 12 today! I know...I can't believe it either. Dora has done so much not just for our community, but for kids everywhere. Her fun, bilingual show was one of the first to bring Spanish to a mainstream children's program and since then, she has inspired thousands of young kids to learn a new language--and to get out and explore, of course!

To celebrate Dora's big day and show our appreciate for all she's done, we're rounding up 5 of our favorite videos featuring some of the many celebrities who have supported her over the years. Gracias por todo Dora!

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1. In March, Thalia joined the Dora cast by lending her voice to a song for the show!

2. Before Thalia joined the cast, Shakira also starred in a music video alongside Dora.

3. John Leguizamo hung out with Dora at one of Nickelodeon's Mega Music Fest. 

4. Olympian Nastia Liukin recently teamed up with Fisher-Price to create a new Fantastic Gymnastics Dora the Explorer doll for young girls.

5. For Dora's 10th birthday, Jessica Alba, LeBron James, Faith Hill, Heidi Klum, Matthew McConaughey and more celebs designed Dora the Explorer backpacks. The proceeds went to charity!

Do your kids watch Dora the Explorer? Tell us in the comments below!

Image via Nickelodeon

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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My granddaughter loves Dora.  But she goes from being seen 3 times a day to zero times a day.  Right now Dora is not on the air.  She has helped my granddaughter speak spanish.  She says a few words which help me to help her along with her spanish.  We love Dora and can't wait to see her on Nick soon!!!!!

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