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30 Great Children’s Books in Spanish

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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.

1. La Cenicienta

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

Available now on Amazon for $23.95.

2. Frida

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

Available now on Amazon for $6.07.

3. Juegos Tradicionales

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

Available now on Amazon for $19.99.

4. ¡Ya soy hermano mayor!

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¡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 now on Amazon for $57.76.

5. ABeDedario de Plantas

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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 now on Amazon for $8.99.

6. Amigos

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

Available now on Amazon for $9.00.

7. Buenas Noches Luna

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

Available now on Amazon for $5.00.

8. Cali y Mona

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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 now on Amazon for $16.00.

9. Cha-cha-cha en la Selva

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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 now on Amazon for $2.48.

10. Chimoc en Machu Picchu

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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 now on Amazon for $0.99 (Kindle Edition).

11. Cuadros de Familia

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Cuadros de Familia is a book about childhood memories told through 14 vignettes of images and narrative focusing on traditional Mexican American culture.

Available now on Amazon for $8.88.

12. De Cómo Dicen Que Fue Hecho el Mar

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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 now on Amazon for $11.95.

13. Donde Viven Los Monstruos

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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 now on Amazon for $7.22.

14. Dita y Dito Van a La Librería

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Dita y Dito Van a La Librería 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 now on Amazon for $23.76.

15. El Gallo de Bodas

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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 now on Amazon for $7.61.

16. Esperanza Renace

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Esperanza 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 now on Amazon for $4.40.

17. Friends from the Other Side / Amigos Del Oltro Lado

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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 now on Amazon for $4.99.

18. Froggy y Su Papá

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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 now on Amazon for $9.98.

19. Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá

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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 now on Amazon for $16.99.

20. Growing Up with Tamales / Los Tamales de Ana

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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 now on Amazon for $4.92.

21. Guacamole

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

Available now on Amazon for $8.15.

22. ¡Jonrón!

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¡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 now on Amazon for $16.99.

23. La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

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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 now on Amazon for $8.78.

24. Los Reyes Magos De Oriente

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

Available now on Amazon for $30.99.

25. Papelucho

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Papelucho is a beloved Latin American book series written by Marcela Paz. The series focuses on stories told through an 8-year-old boy’s diary entries.

Available now on Amazon for $56.49.

26. René Tiene Dos Apellidos / René Has Two Last Names

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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 now on Amazon for $16.95.

27. Ricitos De Oro y Los Tres Osos / Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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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 now on Amazon for $33.90.

28. Tener un patito es útil

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Tener un patito es útil / Tener un nene es útil 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 now on Amazon for $26.29.

29. Un Pez, Dos Peces, Pez Rojo, Pez Azul

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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 now on Amazon for $5.34.

30. Waiting for Papá / Esperando a Papá

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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 now on Amazon for $16.95.

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