16 Fun Spanish Books for Kids From Birth Through Fifth Grade
Spanish books for kids are easy and fun to read as a family and can help reinforce a second language in children.
You want to ensure that your kid has Spanish in his life -- books can help. If you're unfamiliar with the language, Spanish books for kids can help you both master basic vocabulary. If you're already fluent, reading Spanish books together can help your child learn to read and write in his second language -- something that may be overlooked at his school.
"Spanish books for kids are a great way to expose your child to the Spanish language and culture," explains Julie Dos Santos, a children's book author, early childhood educator and south Florida legend -- she's been doing Saturday morning story hour at the Vero Beach Book Center for over a decade. She says many families who don't even speak Spanish look for books written in the language because they see value in their child being exposed to the language.
Here are some fun Spanish books for kids to get your collection started:
Babies and Toddlers
- "Counting with Frida, Contando Con Frida" by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
Pauline Campos, who blogs about motherhood at Aspiring Mama and is the Dimelo advice columnist for "Latina" magazine, is bilingual and strives to raise her 7-year-old daughter the same way. She's constantly on the lookout for quality Spanish books for kids and says there are a lot of great choices out there. "Patty Rodriguez, the producer of Ryan Seacrest's radio show, recently put out a great series. I wish they'd been around when my daughter was younger," she says.
"Counting with Frida, Contando Con Frida" is part of The Lil' Libros book series Campos mentions and is designed for bilingual children from infancy through 3 years old. This book focuses on counting, while others in the series tackle first words and colors in both English and Spanish.
- "Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses" by Jen Arena
You won't be able to resist smothering your little one with kisses as you read this board book written in Spanish.
- "Buenas Noches, Luna" by Margaret Wise Brown
This is the Spanish version of the popular children's book "Goodnight, Moon."
- "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas, Pies" by Annie Kubler
This board book has adorable illustrations to go with the popular children's song, with both Spanish and English variations.
- "Cha-Cha-Cha En La Selva" by Debbie Harter
Get ready to boogie -- a CD of music, rhymes and dance moves is included!
- "Las Bromas de Macaco Cola Larga" by Milagro Trejos
Captivating illustrations follow the story of a little monkey who learns the difference between joking and lying.
- "Dita Y Dito Van a la Libreria" by Monica Gutierrez
"Dita and Dito Go To the Library" is about two little pigs with big imaginations after their parents take them to the library.
- "I Say Yes! I Say No!" by Harriet Ziefert
This is part of the Hola, English! series designed for bilingual children. It's told in simple dialogue between parents and children, perfect for reading together.
- "Frida" by Jonah Winter
This is the story of the famous artist Frida Kahlo, and it's a great pick for young art lovers.
- "El Gallo De Bodas" by Lucia M. Gonzales
This is a funny Cuban story about a bossy rooster who must clean his beak before his uncle's wedding.
- "La Cenicienta" by Gabriela Mistral
This is a rhythmic and poetic retelling of the classic Cinderella story.
- "De Como Dicen Que Fue Hecho El Mar" by Mrinali Alvarez Astacio
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the legend of how the ocean was formed.
- "Cali Y Mona" by Valle Pepe
This unique book is written in Spanish and Braille and tells the tale of a blind girl and her donkey.
- "Santiago el Soñador Entre Las Estrellas" by Ricky Martin
Yes, that Ricky Martin wrote this book. The international superstar tells a story about a little boy who dreams of stardom.
- "Cuadros de Familia" by Carmen Lomez Garza
Your child will learn about Hispanic culture from birthday celebrations to making tamales through exploring family photos.
- "Juegos Tradicionales" by Maria Ovalle
Get your child outside with this collection describing 34 of the most popular games played by kids in Latin America.
Local library or bookstore lacking in Spanish books for kids? Ask for "mas, por favor" (more, please)!
Rachael Moshman, M.Ed. loves reading to children. She has compiled a large collection of both English and Spanish children's book during decades of work in early childhood education.
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