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Spanish books for children: 20 best stories to introduce Hispanic literature

Books to read in Spanish or bilingual ones is a great way to initiate the love for Hispanic literature. Parents and educators can get children familiar with Spanish stories with very simple books. The storybooks presented in this list are not only educational but also fun to read.

1. The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred by Samanta R. Vamos and Rafael Lopez

Arroz con leche is one the few Hispanic delicacies. And Vamos presents a wonderful Spanish storytelling in a farm, while a farm lady makes this delicious dessert. ISBN: 1580892426

2. Marisol McDonald doesn’t match by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios

Being multicultural means being part of different worlds. But Marisol seeks a way to fit in, only to find out that having parents of different ethnic backgrounds is the best of both worlds. ISBN: 0892392355

3. Floating on mama’s song by Laura Lacamara and Yuyi Morales

A great story of heritage and culture is all wrapped up in this adorable tale of singing and enchantment. ISBN: 0060843683

4. Iguanas in the snow by Francisco X. Alarcon and Maya Christina Gonzalez

This poetry picture book is filled with winter poems for children. It is part of the “The Magical Cycle of the Season Series”. ISBN: 0892392029

5. Animal poems of the iguazu by Francisco X. Alarcon and Maya Christina Gonzalez

The wonders of the rainforest of the Iguazu are beautifully depicted in this book of poetry for children. ISBN: 0892392258

6. Diego Rivera: His world and ours by Duncan Tonatiuh

In this beautiful picture book, children can learn about the life of the famous Mexican painter Rivera, and the works of Mexican art. ISBN: 0810997312

7. Dear Primo: A letter to my cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Two cousins, one from Mexico and another one from the United States, keep close communications when they write letters to each other about their daily activities. ISBN: 0810938723

8. Mis colores, mi mundo by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Colors depict our world. And a little girl finds vibrant colors in everything she sees. From the place she lives to the playground, colors describe her world. ISBN: 0892392347

9. I know the river loves me by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Navigate in this wonderful poem book full of beautiful illustrations. This is a wonderful way to introduce rhyming to children. ISBN: 0892392363

10. My very own room by Amada Irma Perez and Maya Christina Gonzalez

As a young girl begins to find her identity, she desperately seeks her own little place in her home. But when everyone in the family helps out to decorate her room, she realizes how much her family loves her. ISBN: 0892392231

11. Los gatos black on Halloween by Marisa Montes and Yuyi Morales

Besides the beautiful illustrations by Morales, author Montes depicts Halloween with poetry and sophistication. ISBN: 0805074295

12. Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora

Nothing is more wonderful than to listen to thankful messages from children. And so, this little boy finds the many ways to say thank you. ISBN: 1600602584

13. Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day by Pat Mora and Rafael Lopez

In this adorable picture book, children can celebrate a day just for them. In honor of Children’s Day, this story entails the joyous reunion of children and literature. ISBN: 0061288772

14. Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada and Simon Silva

Filled with vivid depictions of harvest and farm work, this picture book presents the English and Spanish alphabet with colorful definitions. ISBN: 0688170676

15.  La lagartija y el sol by Alma Flor Ada

A lizard seeks warmth and comfort in a sun-filled Mayan era. ISBN: 0440415314

16. Abuela by Arthur Dorros

This is a delightful tale of friendship between child and grandparent as they imagine being transported along the sky of New York City. ISBN: 0140562257

17. La oruga muy hambrienta by Eric Carle

This classic story of a very hungry caterpillar tells of how one transforms into a butterfly. ISBN: 0399227806

18. Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser

As two strange girls play in a neighborhood park, they find that they have similar names but different cultural backgrounds. However, they encounter friendship and cultural awareness. ISBN: 0688147348

19. Pinta ratones by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Learning the colors is more fun when painted by mice. And this picture book illustrates primary and secondary colors. ISBN: 9681637682

20. Un recorrido por las estaciones by Stella Blackstone and Maria Carluccio

Visiting the seasons is magnificent when children travel from one page to another. This is wonderful picture book to learn the seasons and its changes. ISBN: 1846862914

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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