Best Kids Books About Spanish

19 Kids 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.

How Are You?/ Cómo Estás book
#2
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.

Skippy jones and mummy trouble book
#3
Skippy jones and mummy trouble
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

Marta! Big & Small book
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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.

A Paintbrush for Paco book
#9
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!

Lowriders Blast from the Past book
#10
Lowriders Blast from the Past
Written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Raúl the Third
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When new friends Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio are each bullied by Las Matamoscas, they know they're going to like one another. When they find out they all love lowrider cars, they know they'll be friends for life. But the bullies won't leave the Lowriders alone—and they don't let any girls or babies into car clubs. Can these three determined outcasts prove they deserve to be in the car show? Humor, Spanish words, and lowrider culture come together in this heartwarming graphic novel of three friends navigating the bumpy terrain of friendship, bullying, and standing up for what you believe in. ¡Vámonos!

Me Llamo Gabriela book
#11
Me Llamo Gabriela
Written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gabriela Mistral loved words and sounds and stories. Born in Chile, she would grow to become the first Nobel Prize-winning Latina woman in the world. As a poet and a teacher, she inspired children across many countries to let their voices be heard. This beautifully crafted story, where words literally come to life, is told with the rhythm and melody of a poem. The second in Luna Rising's bilingual storybook biography series. My Name is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela is beautiful tribute to a woman who taught us the power of words and the importance of following our dreams. The story of Gabriela Mistral will continue to inspire children everywhere.

Green Is a Chile Pepper book
#12
Green Is a Chile Pepper
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Green is a chile pepper, spicy and hot. Green is cilantro inside our pot. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child's day!

Round Is a Tortilla book
#13
Round Is a Tortilla
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

Gracias / Thanks book
#14
Gracias / Thanks
Written by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In a series of poetic sentences, a young boy (biracial Mexican/Caucasian) tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, ¡Gracias! Thanks!

The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung book
#15
The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung
Written by Samantha R Vamos and illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A farm maiden enlists the help of her farm friends to build a piñata for a special celebrati on. Borrowing the style of “The House That Jack Built,” the story unfolds as each part of the piñata is gathered—each piece is introduced in English, and then replaced by the Spanish word as more and more of the piñata is created. It’s a bilingual birthday bash from the boy who shaped the barro to the ¡sorpresa! at the end.

Beep Beep / Piip Piip book
#16
Beep Beep / Piip Piip
Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Two shaped board books from Petr Horácek are now available in dual Spanish-English editions -- perfect for little ones who love things that go. When a family piles into a bright yellow car to drive to Grandma's house, they go broom, broom through the town, vroom, vroom along the highway, and chug, chug over the crosswalk. Getting there is almost as exciting as the welcome that awaits at the end -- and bright pictures and playful sound words make this a trip to enjoy.

The Marigold Mess book
#17
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!

Niño Wrestles the World book
#18
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
#19
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.

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