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Reading with my kids is one of my favorite times of day. Other than my own bedtime, that is.
Reading is so, so important for language development, whether it’s in your native language or any other language you and your family are learning.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of Spanish books for kids for you to check out, no matter what your kids’ ages and language levels.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
- Spanish Picture Dictionaries for Kids
- For Babies and Preschoolers: Primeras 100 Palabras (First 100 Words)
- For Beginner/Intermediate Learners: My First Spanish Word Book
- For Advanced Learners: Merriam-Webster’s Spanish-English Visual Dictionary
- Spanish Picture Books
- For Babies and Preschoolers: Sandra Boynton Spanish Books
- For Beginners: English-Spanish First Little Readers
- For Older or More Advanced Kids: ¡Solo Pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú by Sonia Sotomayor
- Spanish Chapter Books
Spanish Picture Dictionaries for Kids
Picture dictionaries are a great way to build Spanish vocabulary for kids of all ages (and adults too).
When choosing a picture dictionary, I like to look for ones with beautiful full-color photographs and/or illustrations that are arranged into interesting themes. I also love picture dictionaries with an index in the back, so that I can easily find certain words without having to page through the whole book.
Spanish picture dictionaries range from very simple, for younger kids and beginner-level learners, to much more advanced for older children learning content area Spanish.
Here is a sampling of some of my favorite Spanish picture dictionaries for kids of different ages and language levels.
For Babies and Preschoolers: Primeras 100 Palabras (First 100 Words)
My kids absolutely love their First 100 books, and we have read them over and over. That’s why I was so excited to find Primeras 100 Palabras (First 100 Words) Bilingual Spanish/English Edition.
Each page has colorful blocks with photos and both Spanish and English translations of simple vocabulary words.
I don’t know what it is about this series, but my two- and three-year-old boys never tire of paging through this series of books. We even keep one in the car for them to look at during longer drives. I think we’re going to have to get a second one for the car since they’re always fighting over it.
For Beginner/Intermediate Learners: My First Spanish Word Book
My First Spanish Word Book by Angela Wilkes is a great first Spanish picture dictionary for kids.
The pages are bright and colorful and have mostly photographs, although a few colorful sketches are sprinkled in as well.
The 1,000 pictures are labeled with the Spanish word in larger letters with the English word underneath in smaller letters.
The pages are arranged around themes, such as All about me, At home, Things to eat and drink, At the park, Things that move, etc.
And yes, there is a helpful index in the back to find whatever word you’re looking for. I highly recommend this one for younger learners and beginners of all ages, although I do think older kids and intermediate-level learners will enjoy it too.
For Advanced Learners: Merriam-Webster’s Spanish-English Visual Dictionary
Merriam-Webster’s Spanish-English Visual Dictionary is a wonderful Spanish-English picture dictionary for older kids, adults, and advanced Spanish learners.
This one really dives deep into content area Spanish.
Would you like to know the names of all the constellations in Spanish? Or the parts of a telescope, satellite, or skeleton?
If so, this is the book for you.
The full-color illustrations are gorgeous, but the beauty of this book really lies in the detail it goes into. It contains over 22,000 words and 8,000 illustrations. Wow!
It’s divided into chapters such as Astronomy, Animals, Human Beings, House, Clothing, Arts & Architecture, Sports & Games, and many others.
Spanish Picture Books
For Babies and Preschoolers: Sandra Boynton Spanish Books
I have been reading Sandra Boynton’s books to my boys literally since day one. Moo, Baa, La La La! was given to us as a gift before my first was born, and it’s one of the very first books I ever read to him.
Boynton books are still a favorite in our house. They are funny, recognizable, and my kids love their rhythm and rhyme. We own a bunch, and I snag them from the library whenever I can find them.
That’s why I was so excited to find out that there is a great selection of Sandra Boynton’s books available in Spanish. They include:
For Beginners: English-Spanish First Little Readers
English-Spanish First Little Readers is a brand new Scholastic box set of 25 8-page books and a parent guide.
It is currently available for preorder and will be released on June 15, 2020.
All of the books feature text in both Spanish and English, and have a guided reading level of A-D, meaning that they feature predictable text, high-frequency words, rhymes, repetitions, and illustrations that are helpful for beginner readers.
If you have a young Spanish learner who is just starting to read, this set looks like a wonderful addition to your library.
For Older or More Advanced Kids: ¡Solo Pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú by Sonia Sotomayor
¡Solo Pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú is the Spanish version of Sonia Sotomayor’s Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, a New York Times #1 bestseller and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award.
In case you’re not familiar with Sonia Sotomayor, she is the first Hispanic and Latina Supreme Court Justice and a wonderful role model for all of us.
She teamed up with artist Rafael López and created this wonderful story about very unique kids of all different ages, backgrounds, and challenges coming together to build a community garden.
Instead of being ashamed of their differences, the children use their unique challenges as strengths to complete a beautiful garden.
It teaches the children the wonderful lesson that when we come across someone who is different from us, instead of shying away from them, all we have to do is “just ask” (solo pregunta).
What a powerful story and incredible values to instill into our children!
Spanish Chapter Books
So many chapter books (and just books in general) are available in Spanish, it’s overwhelming!
Reading through a favorite book or series in another language is a really fun and motivating way to learn an incredible amount of vocabulary and grammar.
Here are just some of many chapter books available in Spanish.
For Grades 2-5: Las Aventuras del Capitán Calzoncillos by Dav Pilkey
I’m sure you’ve heard of Captain Underpants, a wildly popular illustrated series of chapter books for young readers.
But did you know they’re available in Spanish too?
This may be just the motivation your 2nd-5th grader needs to get reading in Spanish!
For Grades 6+: The Harry Potter Series in Spanish
Just the other day, I was exercising on my elliptical machine, doing a virtual workout with one of my favorite trainers, Tommy Rivers Puzey, in Easter Island. During the workout, he passed by a group of hikers and greeted them in Spanish. When they asked him how he knew Spanish, he told them from reading the entire Harry Potter series in Spanish.
He went on to explain that Harry Potter truly is responsible for his Spanish knowledge. He said that he sat with a Spanish dictionary and read through the entire series in Spanish, and little by little he needed to use the dictionary less and less until he could read through the books without the need for it.
I thought that was so neat, so in honor of Tommy Rivs, I simply have to mention Harry Potter in Spanish.
Ready, Set, Read!
I truly hope that this list has given you some ideas and inspiration for reading Spanish books together with your kids, no matter what their age or level.
Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have other favorite Spanish books that you read with your kids? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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