Best Children's Books About Spanish

44 Children's Books About Spanish

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Spike, the Mixed-up Monster book
#1
Spike, the Mixed-up Monster
Written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Spike, a lovable monster—and a real-life salamander—who’s looking for friends in this lively picture book that includes Spanish vocabulary. Spike is a scary-looking salamander who keeps trying to frighten other animals—until he finds that using fear is not the best way to make friends. And since Spike lives in Mexico (he is an endangered species called the axolotl), this story is peppered with easy-to-understand Spanish words. In addition to a charming tale of friendship, this picture book contains nonfiction information about the axolotl and a Spanish/English glossary.

Counting with Frida / Contando con Frida (Lil' Libros: English - Spanish) book
#2
Counting with Frida / Contando con Frida (Lil' Libros: English - Spanish)
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A Lil' Libros Bilingual Counting Book Introduce your little one to the life of one of Mexico's most iconic painters, Frida Kahlo, while teaching them their numbers, 1 to 10, in English and Spanish. Count una casa azul (one blue house), tres flores (three flowers), and cinco retratos (five portraits).

How Are You?/ Cómo Estás book
#3
How Are You?/ Cómo Estás
Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When two giraffe friends find a baby ostrich, they have some questions. Is baby ostrich hungry? Shy? Tired? Ostrich saysno! So how does she feel? Friendship awaits in this book about feelings, expressed both in English and in Spanish.

Don Quixote book
#4
Don Quixote
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library. This book introduces your toddler to Cervantes's, Don Quixote.

Abre La Puerta del Granero... book
#5
Abre La Puerta del Granero...
Written by Random House and illustrated by Christopher Santoro
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Disfruta de un d�a en la granja y descubre c�mo son los animales y los sonidos que hacen para comunicarse. Levanta las 12 tapitas de este libro de cat�n y podr�s reconocer muchos de tus animales favoritos, como caballos, pollos, vacas y cerdos. Aprende c�mo es la vida en una granja. Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 12 lift the flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

A Paintbrush for Paco book
#6
A Paintbrush for Paco
Written by Tracey Kyle and illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet a little boy named Paco who loves to draw but can't seem to concentrate during school in this picture book that's sprinkled with Spanish words! Paco gazed out at the late-morning sun. He wondered why recess had not yet begun. He wanted to go to el campo and play, and act like a matador shouting "¡Olé!" Paco loves daydreaming and drawing, but he struggles to concentrate during class. When his profesor takes him to the art room, Paco is amazed by the colorful paints: pink, rosado; purple, morado; fiery orange, anaranjado; and more! Could art be just what Paco needs? Complete with an author's note and glossary of Spanish words, this story is a great introduction to Spanish with a strong message about the power of art!

Zapata: Colors - Colores (Bilingual: English / Spanish) book
#7
Zapata: Colors - Colores (Bilingual: English / Spanish)
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Inspired by Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, this book will introduce your little ones to their first English and Spanish words"--page [4] of cover.

La Catrina book
#8
La Catrina
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by one of the most recognized symbols of Dia de Muertos or "Day of the Dead," a holiday that celebrates life and remembers the dearly departed, this book will introduce little ones to emotional expressions and their first English and Spanish words.

Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia book
#9
Lucha Libre - Anatomy / Anatomia
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by the colorful world of freestyle wrestling, this book will introduce your little one to the human body and their first English and Spanish words.

La Llorona - Counting Down / Contando Hacia Atras book
#10
La Llorona - Counting Down / Contando Hacia Atras
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by one of the oldest folktales ever told, this book will introduce your little one to their first English and Spanish numbers and words.

Cuauhtémoc book
#11
Cuauhtémoc
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by the last Aztec Emperor of the old Mexico, this book introduces children to both shapes and their first English and Spanish words. You and your child will explore the city of Tenochtitlan along side Cuauhtémoc —where you’ll come across the circulo in the Aztec calendar, the triangle in the pyramid, the heart in the shield of an Aztec princess, and more!

Loteria / Lottery book
#12
Loteria / Lottery
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Inspired by one of the oldest traditional games of chance, this book will introduce your little one to their first English and Spanish words"

Un Elefante book
#13
Un Elefante
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by one of the most beloved nursery rhymes " Un Elefante Se Balanceaba," this book will introduce little ones to their numbers and their first English and Spanish words.

Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras book
#14
Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A Lil' LIbros Bilingual Picture Book Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, this book will introduce children to her story through pictures and their first English and Spanish words. Travel back to the 15th century when the Virgin of Guadalupe once appeared before Juan Diego. Your childwill learn first words such as sandalias(sandals), luz(light), and jardin(garden).

Niño Wrestles the World book
#15
Niño Wrestles the World
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Señoras y señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño! Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move! No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño—popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor! Niño Wrestles the World is in English with Spanish vocabulary, and is a fun, colorful story about a boy wrestling with imaginary monsters (including an Olmec Head and La Llorona) and adversaries like his younger sisters. This is a joyful picture book about imagination, play, and siblings. Award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales is the author of Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Medal-winning Viva Frida, Pura Belpré (Illustration) Medal and Pura Belpré (Narrative) Honor book Los Gatos Black on Halloween, stunning bilingual bedtime story Little Night/Nochecita, Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas, and other picture books for young readers. She also illustrated Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie. A Neal Porter Book Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year ALSC Notable Children's Book A Mamiverse.com Top 50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know "The saturated palette, dynamic composition, and copious spike-ballooned sound effects add ebullient visual noise. Beneath the furious fun, though, beats a tender heart." —The Horn Book, starred review "Kids with multicultural classmates will recognize (or learn Niño's many Spanish exclamations. A closing note explains the lucha libre culture." —Booklist

Little Night/Nochecita book
#16
Little Night/Nochecita
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

As the long day comes to an end, Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, "Bath time for Little Night!" Little Night answers from afar, "Can't come. I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!" Where could Little Night be? Down a rabbit hole? In a blueberry field? Among the stripes of bees? Exquisitely painted and as gentle as Little Night's dress crocheted from clouds, this is a story to treasure. With a bilingual text in both English and Spanish, Little Night Nochecita by Yuyi Morales is a sweet story every child can enjoy.

Marta! Big & Small book
#17
Marta! Big & Small
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

Flutter and Hum/Aleteo y Zumbido book
#18
Flutter and Hum/Aleteo y Zumbido
Written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world.

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita book
#19
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita
Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart.

How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice? book
#20
How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice?
Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Hello! ¡Hola! Some people speak Spanish. Some people speak English. Although we may not speak the same language, some things, like friendship, are universal! Follow two young giraffes as they meet, celebrate, and become friends. This bilingual tale will have readers eager to meet new friends and amigos.

Abuela's Special Letters book
#21
Abuela's Special Letters
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Sofia is on a mission to make a family time capsule. The whole family contributes pictures and special items. Abuela even writes a letter to each of her grandchildren to be opened in fifteen years. Can Sofia really wait fifteen years to find out what that letter says? Adorable art, a table of contents, writing prompts, discussion questions, and an English/Spanish glossary are all included in this early chapter book.

The Marigold Mess book
#22
The Marigold Mess
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Every day is an adventure with Sofia Martinez. Today she is super excited to wash the car!It is a way better chore than dusting again. But when Sofia starts to clean the car, she makes a muddy mess of her mom's marigolds. With Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout, this early chapter books is perfect for those learning Spanish or English!

Good Night - Buenas Noches book
#23
Good Night - Buenas Noches
Written by Meritzell Marti and illustrated by Xavier Salomó
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A bilingual slide-the-tab board book, with text in English and Spanish. Cleverly provides a number of gentle good night wishes for baby at bedtime, as baby along with the cat, the trees outside, and even baby's house all close their eyes and fall asleep. The sliding tabs do the work of closing the eyes on illustrator Xavier Salomó's simple but engaging art. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He's worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.

Good Morning - Buenos Días book
#24
Good Morning - Buenos Días
Written by Meritzell Marti and illustrated by Xavier Salomó
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A bilingual slide-the-tab board book, with text in English and Spanish. Cleverly introduce basic ideas about what happens in the morning when you wake up, including a rooster crowing, an alarm clock ringing, Dad shaving, and neighbors making coffee. The tabs add fun and unexpected movement for illustrator Xavier Salomó's simple but engaging art. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He's worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.

Tres Reyes Magos book
#25
Tres Reyes Magos
Written and illustrated by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introducing Spanish/English bilingualism, Lil' Libros encourage parents to read to their children at the earliest age--focusing on subjects they are familiar with, while making it fun and rewarding for both parent and child.

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