50 of the Best Authentic Spanish Books for Kids

50 of the Best Authentic Spanish Books for Kids

Inside: Authentic Spanish books for kids.

While I love our stash of picture books in Spanish and English, I really like finding original Spanish titles. And authentic Spanish books for kids are not always easy to get! It’s taken some digging, but I’ve found quite a few treasures here. As a non-native Spanish speaker, I love knowing these books will expose my kids to that authentic voice and culture I can’t always provide.

Although some books listed here are bilingual, I looked for ones that were written in Spanish first, by a native author. Normally I like to include a little blurb about each title, but we’re still working our way through the list. I didn’t want to wait to share all of these with you! (more…)

The Ultimate Resource Guide to Learn Spanish Online with Kids, For Free

The Ultimate Resource Guide to Learn Spanish Online with Kids, For Free

Inside: Free resources to learn Spanish online with kids.

It’s easier than ever to learn language now, with so many online Spanish resources for kids– for free! The hardest part is just going through all of them and deciding where to start.

No worries though: I’ve collected and sorted through the most popular Spanish resources, so you can find what you need. If I am missing any, let me know! I’ve also got you covered if you want to teach yourself Spanish and need resources for an older crowd.

 

Learn Spanish Online with Kids: Authentic Shows and Series

 

1. Peppa Pig
There are tons of free Peppa Pig shows on YouTube. They will be difficult for true beginners, but if your kids know a little they will definitely recognize words and phrases. Most of the language is clear, simple, and repetitive, and the action is slow enough that the language is more accessible. (Find the official Spanish channel here.)

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The Best Spanish Cartoons and Shows on Netflix

The Best Spanish Cartoons and Shows on Netflix

Inside: The best Spanish cartoons and shows for kids, on Netflix.

Cartoons can be a great source of Spanish input for little learners. Now, we all know to limit screen time for kids, right?

BUT… videos and shows really can be an incredible resource for authentic and rich language.

I’m not a native Spanish-speaker and can’t provide a totally fluent environment for my kids, by myself. (My husband is fluent, but not at home as much as I am.) So we rely on music, books, and shows to round out the input. Sometimes it’s funny to hear my three-year-old bust out a phrase I know I’ve never used (¡Ay, cielos! from Pooh).

Netflix has a fair amount of cartoons and movies with audio in Spanish, and here are my top picks. They do pull and add shows, so this list may change. Lucky for us, most Netflix original series are available in multiple languages and stay there for good!

(If you are looking for something for yourself, here’s a giant list of movies in Spanish. I’ve also got you covered with lists of bilingual books for kids, authentic books in Spanish for kids, songs in Spanish, and free online resources to learn Spanish with kids.)

Our Favorite Spanish Cartoons on Netflix for Kids:

1. Puffin Rock: We love, love, love this show! It’s nature-based, with lovely graphics and sweet story-lines. The audio is very clear and understandable, and would be perfect for learners who understand a fair amount of Spanish, but aren’t fluent yet.

2. Winnie the Pooh: This is another favorite. Unfortunately, the original movies are no longer available, but there are still several to choose from. High-quality visuals and high-quality audio and music.

3. Peppa Pig: I really like the slow pace and simple storylines. This is an excellent show for kids who aren’t fluent, because the audio is very clear. Even beginners would be able to pick out the phrases they already know. (This show isn’t available in every country. If you can’t find it, you can still access the Peppa Pig Spanish Channel on YouTube, with complete episodes!)

4. Pocoyo: This is the best show for absolute beginners, as the phrases tend to be more isolated and easy to catch. Kids love this one!

5. Sarah and Duck: My kids like this one a lot right now. Everyday stories about a girl and her pet duck. (Not available in Spanish in every country.)

6. Little Baby Bum: This is a series of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes available in Spanish. Listening to songs is really one of the most effective ways to learn a language, and would be perfect for little ones.

 

More Shows in Spanish on Netflix for Kids:

 

Below are series we haven’t necessarily seen or watch, but are in Spanish. Let me know if you love any and would recommend them!

1. Veggie Tales in the House

2. 72 Cutest Animals (a nature show)

3. The Hive

4. Clifford

5. Beat Bugs

6. Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales

7. Ask the Storybots

8. Word Party

9. Popples

10. Luna Petunia

11. Pororo

12. Inspector Gadget

13. Curious George

14. Kazoops

15. Lalaloopsy

16. Julie’s Greenroom

17. Justin Time Go!

18. Care Bears and Cousins

19. Masha and the Bear

And movies (some aren’t toddler-appropriate):

1. The Little Prince

2. Tarzan

3. The Fox and the Hound

4. The Wings of Life (nature documentary)

5. Lilo & Stitch

6. Kung Fu Panda

7. Brother Bear

8. Zootopia

9. All the Mickey Mouse movies

10. Disney Short Films

 

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish cartoons and shows? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

 

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Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío Puppets and Song Lyrics

Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío Puppets and Song Lyrics

Inside: Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío puppets, activities, and lyrics.

What better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, than by teaching classic children’s songs in Spanish? Los pollitos dicen is a popular song for young Spanish speakers. It is also perfect for families learning Spanish– the song is packed with high-frequency phrases like tengo hambre, tienen frío, and duermen.

I’ve begun teaching a little class for some of our preschool friends, and Los pollitos dicen is one of our first songs. It’s been so enjoyable to share our family favorites each week. Not only do our friends get to learn Spanish, my kids get to see their friends and cousins excited about our minority language. Since we live in the U.S. right now, it’s especially important that we be intentional about teaching traditional Spanish poetry and songs in Spanish for kids.

To make my pollito puppet, click here to get the download. Cut out the pollitos, and then make another cut so the top part of the head is separate. Glue each piece onto the top and bottom of a clothespin. Now your pollito can open and close its mouth when it’s time to say, – pió, pío, pío!

Los pollitos dicen puppet craft

If you are teaching Spanish, you can also use this to talk about the little chicks and gets lots of reps for dice. Ask your students, ¿El pollito dice, – guau, guau? Nooo! El pollito dice, -maa, maa? Noo! El pollito dice, -pío!

Here are some different versions of the song:

 

 

I’m also creating an entire preschool Spanish series, based on this song. You can find stories, mini-books, games, and more, all centered on Los pollitos dicen.

los pollitos dicen pío pío pío

And don’t miss this amazing giveaway from Multicultural Kid Blogs! We MKB bloggers are putting together an amazing series and giveaway to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2016 | Multicultural Kid Blogs We are so excited for our FIFTH annual Hispanic Heritage Month series and giveaway! Through the month (September 15 – October 15), you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can enter to win in our great giveaway and link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!

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Hanna Cheda on Multicultural Kid Blogs: How to Pass on Hispanic Heritage as an Expat

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Spanish Mama: Los Pollitos Dicen Printable Puppets

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Hispanic Mama: Children’s Shows that Kids in Latin America Grew Up With

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Spanish Playground: Authentic Hispanic Heritage Month Games Everyone Can Play

September 20
Tiny Tapping Toes: Exploring Instruments for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 21
Kid World Citizen on Multicultural Kid Blogs

September 22
Spanish Mama

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All Done Monkey

September 26
Crafty Moms Share

September 27
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

September 28
La Clase de Sra. DuFault

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La Clase de Sra. DuFault

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Kid World Citizen

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El Mundo de Pepita on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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Inside: Calendar songs in Spanish, including months, seasons, and days of the week songs in Spanish.

Here are some of our favorite picks for calendar songs in Spanish– canciones about  days, months, and seasons. Whether you’re homeschooling or in a classroom, calendar time is perfect to work in some Spanish naturally.

Don’t forget I have a whole resources page for our favorite songs in Spanish for kids, divided by themes! Since writing this post, I also have a page on teaching the days of the week in Spanish for kids and preschoolers. Lots of classic books use days of the week (like La orgua hambrienta), and you can find good links there.

 

1. Days of the Week / Los días de la semana from Tooby’s

 

2. Days of the Week / Los días de la semana con Miss Rosi

 

3. The Months of the Year / Los meses del año

 

4. The Months of the Year in Spanish / Los meses del año

 

5. The Four Seasons Songs in Spanish / Los cuatro estaciones from Calico Spanish

 

“Las  cuatro estaciones” from Little Baby Bum is also really good, though the language is more complex..

 

If you prefer a song for days of the week without a video, you can also use this familiar tune.

days of the week in spanish

I also have a Pinterest board for El calendario with more ideas. Let me know if I missed any of your favorites!

Follow Spanish Mama’s board El calendario on Pinterest.

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Inside: A list of the best Spanish lullabies and folk songs on YouTube, for babies and toddlers.

 

When we decided to raise bilingual kids, it wasn’t just a matter of speaking two languages. We wanted our babies to be bi-cultural: to move freely between the Latino and U.S. cultures, to feel connected to both.

And of course, there’s no better place to start than with music and poetry. Music is deeply entrenched in the Latino experience, and there’s a rich tradition to pass onto our kids. As a non-native speaker, myself, I learned my favorite childhood nursery rhymes in Spanish, and studied up on traditional Spanish lullabies that were new to me.

Unexpectedly, we ended up moving back to Peru when our kids were 2 and 4. It was such a delight to watch them sing along with their tías and primos, without missing a beat. I’m so grateful they got the best of both worlds, from the start.

 

Spanish Lullabies and Folk Songs

 

There are so many good folk songs, it was hard to choose! These are my top picks, though– the ones you just can’t miss. We love these for learning culture and learning Spanish. You can find all my theme lists for Spanish children’s songs and Spanish poems as well, if you want more!

 

1. Arrorró mi niño

 

2. Los pollitos dicen, pío pío, pío

 

3. Arroz con leche

I like the drawings in the first one better, but the lyrics are what we sing in the second.

 

 

4. Cucú cucú cantaba la rana

 

5. De colores

Love both versions!

 

 

6. Que llueva

 

7. A la nañita nana

 

8. Pin pón

 

9. Naranja dulce

 

10. La cucaracha

 

11. El barquito chiquito

 

12. Un elefante se balanceaba

 

Make sure you check out my Pinterest board for música infantil too!

Follow Spanish Mama’s board Música infantil / Music for little ones on Pinterest.

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish lullabies or folk songs? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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