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30 Great Children's Books in Spanish

One of the keys to raising bilingual kids is to find ways to expose them to the target language in fun and immersive ways. One of the most effective ways is to read to them in that language as much as possible. Since I’m raising my daughter to speak both Spanish and English as a native, I’ve made sure to fill our house with tons of children’s books in Spanish and both my husband and I constantly read them to her. Not only are we nurturing her love of Spanish and, in some cases, the Latino culture through the unique characters and stories many of these books portray, but we’re also nurturing her love for books and cultivating her imagination.

The truth is that it’s not very easy to find quality books originally written in Spanish. Yet, slowly but surely there are more and more publishing companies offering children’s books in Spanish and more Latino authors and illustrators getting their work on the shelves for us to find.

If you want to grow or start your own collection of children’s books in Spanish, check out this list of books that moms and contributors from SpanglishBaby.com have curated.

  • 30 Great Children’s Books in Spanish 1 of 31
    30 Great Children's Books in Spanish
  • La Cenicienta 2 of 31
    La Cenicienta

    Chilean poet and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gabriela Mistral retells the story of Cinderella in beautiful and poetic rhythm. 

    Available for order on La Libreria

  • Frida 3 of 31
    Frida

    Jonah Winter's Frida is a wonderful look into the life of the iconic Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Juegos Tradicionales 4 of 31
    Juegos Tradicionales

    Juegos Tradicionales is a collection of 34 of the most popular games played in Latin America by children. 

    Available for order on La Libreria

     

  • Ã�¡Ya Soy Hermano Mayor! 5 of 31
    ¡Ya Soy Hermano Mayor!

    ¡Ya soy hermano mayor! is a fun story about a little boy named Nacho who can't wait for his baby brother to be old enough to play with him.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • ABeCedario de plantas 6 of 31
    ABeCedario de plantas

    ABeCedario de Plantas covers a variety of flowers and their names in Spanish including a section about plant facts and a glossary of new words. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Amigos 7 of 31
    Amigos

    Amigos by Alma Flor Ada, is a story that teaches children about shapes, colors, sizes, and also teaches kids to appreciate diversity. 

    Available for purchase on Del Sol Books

  • Buenas Noches Luna 8 of 31
    Buenas Noches Luna

    Buenas Noches Luna is an American classic that's a perfect note to end the day on.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Cali y Mona 9 of 31
    Cali y Mona

    Cali y Mona is a beautiful story about the friendship between a blind young girl and her guiding pony that was inspired by a true story that the author,  Pepe Valle, read about in a newspaper. The book is written in Spanish and Braille and comes with textured images. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Cha-cha-cha en la Selva 10 of 31
    Cha-cha-cha en la Selva

    Cha-cha-cha en la Selva , translated by Yanitzia James Canetti, showcases animals that move and dance while introducing different vocabulary and commands. The book comes with an audio CD.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Chimoc en Machu Picchu 11 of 31
    Chimoc en Machu Picchu

    Chimoc takes kids on a trip to Machu Picchu and teaches them about caring for the environment. The book comes with a CD which includes a narration of the book and songs that were written for the story. 

    Available for purchase on the Chimoc website.

  • Cuadro de Familia 12 of 31
    Cuadro de Familia

    Cuadros de Familia is a book about childhood memories told through fourteen vignettes of images and narrative focusing on traditional Mexican American culture. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • De Como Dicen Que Fue Hecho El Mar 13 of 31
    De Cómo Dicen Que Fue Hecho El Mar

     De cómo dicen que fue hecho el mar (or How they say the ocean was made) is one book in a series of three books about Taino legends. They were adapted and illustrated by Mrinali Álvarez Astacio  and are a great way to teach kids about traditional legends on complex topics like how the ocean came to be.

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Donde Viven Los Monstruos 14 of 31
    Donde Viven Los Monstruos

    We all know the beloved and classic book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. The Spanish translation by Teresa Mlawer stays true to the original and is sure to be a favorite of kids in either language. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Dita Y Dito Van A Libreria 15 of 31
    Dita Y Dito Van A Libreria

    Dita y Dito Van a La Libreria is the story of two little piglets whose parents take them to a book store for story time and while listening to the story their imaginations begin soar.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • El Gallo de Bodas 16 of 31
    El Gallo de Bodas

    El Gallo de Bodas is a Cuban folktale  about a bossy rooster going to his uncle's wedding. Along the way, the rooster dirties his beak and tries to persuade everyone to help him clean it.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Esperanza Renace 17 of 31
    Esperanza Renace

    Eperanza Renace is the story of a young girl who has to leave the comforts of her home for a new life in California with her mother. In the process Esperanza learns the importance of love and sacrifice for her family. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Friends from the Other Side 18 of 31
    Friends from the Other Side

    This story by Gloria Anzaldua deals with the sensitive  issue of undocumented immigration and allows children to view it from the perspective of someone who is going through it, like the main character. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Froggy y Su PapÃ�¡ 19 of 31
    Froggy y Su Papá

    Froggy y Su Papá is a book about a father and son spending the day together on Father's Day and things not going according to plan. Froggy is also part of a book series for kids. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Good Night Captain Mama 20 of 31
    Good Night Captain Mama

    The bilingual book Good night Captain Mama tells the story of Marco and his curiosity for his mom's military flight suit. The story evolves into a sweet conversation about his mothers military job and the meaning of all the patches on her uniform.

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Growing Up With Tamales 21 of 31
    Growing Up With Tamales

    Gwendolyn Zepeda's award-winning bilingual picture book, Los Tamales de Ana, is the story of a younger sister, Ana, who wants to be just like her older sister, Lidia. The book focuses on the tradition of making tamales during the holiday season and how it is a family activity. 

    Available for purchase in Amazon

  • Guacamole 22 of 31
    Guacamole

    Guacamole is a book that shows kids how to prepare guacamole through a poem in which three siblings prepare the recipe. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Ã�¡JonrÃ�³n! 23 of 31
    Jonron

    ¡Jonrón! was written by New York Yankees player Alex Rodríguez, and tells the autobiographical story of his experience as a young boy learning to practice baseball.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • La Oruga Muy Hambrienta 24 of 31
    La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

    As most of us know the beloved story of La Oruga Muy Hambrienta  or The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about a caterpillar's transformation into a beautiful butterfly. The caterpillar eats until his stomach hurts, and when he eats a green leaf he feels better. This is a great story to teach kids about healthy eating habits.

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Los Reyes Magos de Oriente 25 of 31
    Los Reyes Magos de Oriente

    This book shares the traditional story of the three wise men in beautiful rhymes and illustrations. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Papelucho 26 of 31
    Papelucho

    Papelucho is a beloved Latin American book series written by Marcela Paz. The series focuses on stories told through a 8 year-old boys Diary entries. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Rene Has Two Last Names 27 of 31
    Rene Has Two Last Names

    This story by René Colato Laínez is about being Latino and having two very long last names. The story shows how René embraced this cultural tradition and learned to take pride in it. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Ricitos de Oroy los Tres Osos 28 of 31
    Ricitos de Oroy los Tres Osos

    Award-winning language-learning innovator Ana Lomba, translated the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears to Spanish. The book also includes an audio CD that narrates the story in Spanish. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Tener Un Patito Es Util 29 of 31
    Tener Un Patito Es Util

    Tener un patito es util/Tener un nene es util is two stories in one book. One story is a duck's perspective on bath time and the other story is the child's perspective. These stories are great to teach children about different points of view. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon

  • Un Pez Dos Peces Pez Rojo Pez Azul 30 of 31
    Un Pez Dos Peces Pez Rojo Pez Azul

     This classic story Dr. Seuss was beautifully translated by Yanitzia Canetti.  The story is a series of short tales about a boy and a girl and their adventures with various characters and animals.

    Available for purchase on Amazon.  

  • Waiting for Papa 31 of 31
    Waiting for Papá

    Esperando a Papá introduces kids to immigration issues and how it affects families. The story focuses on Beto and his mother who came to the United States from El Salvador, but Beto's father was unable to get a visa. When Beto finds out that his father will soon join them, he wants to purchase a special present for him. 

    Available for purchase on Amazon.

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