Inside: Spanish board books (or bilingual books) for babies and toddlers.
The earlier you start introducing language, the better. Studies show, in fact, that babies recognize language sounds from the womb.
By far, my favorite baby shower and birthday gifts have been books in Spanish, or bilingual books. And board books will last for years, through little brothers or sisters too! I still have some of my own books from my childhood: think of how this will encourage your kids to pass on Spanish to their kids, one day!
I love having bilingual books when they’re available. I will warn you, though, that our kids get attached to the stories we read over and over. When they’ve memorized it in a certain language, they sometimes insist on that one!
(For more book lists and suggestions, be sure to see my Spanish children’s books page.)
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Spanish Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
Here are sturdy little board books that will last curious fingers and maybe even some chewing (right??). Fill those little mind with beautiful language, from day one.
Diez deditos de las manos y Diez deditos de los pies
This one is just too sweet, from the illustrations to the text. Rhyming words introduce babies from all over the world, through a fingerplay of counting baby’s fingers and toes.
Little Chickies / Los Pollitos: A bilingual lift-the-flap book
Los pollitos is part of a series from Canticos introducing well-known rhymes in Spanish. I love Los pollitos, and you can find other rhymes like Un elefante se balanceaba. So cute!
La oruga muy hambrienta/The Very Hungry Caterpillar: bilingual board book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a classic, you can’t go wrong with this one as a baby shower gift! Every Spanglish home needs this treasure.
Global Babies/Bebes del mundo
I love the text of this book, and I love the global images of babies from all over the world. My kids always enjoy seeing the real pictures of babies.
Zapata: Colors / Colores
Lil’ libros is a great company that has been busy writing bilingual board books packed with Latino culture. This one is a sweet introduction of the colors, but be sure to check out their whole series!
Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí?
I am so glad these classics are available in Spanish! Learn both animals and colors with these anticipatory rhymes.
Sweet Dreams/Dulces Suenos (My Family/ Mi Familia)
This is a wonderful little bedtime book, and perfect for Spanglish families who are trying to do Spanish bedtime routines.
Buenas Noches, Bebe! / Good Night, Baby!, Buenos Dias, Bebe!
These soft board books were helpful to me as a new mom trying to speak Spanish with my kids. The books take you through morning and night routines, with some phrases I hadn’t been sure how to express.
Cinco monitos brincando en la cama/Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (A Five Little Monkeys Story)
We love all the Monitos books and their antics. My kids ask for these quite often, still!
El camioncito Azul (Little Blue Truck, Spanish Edition)
There are several titles available about El camioncito azul, with good stories and beautiful illustrations.
Buenas noches, Gorila
This is a fun book that makes little ones laugh over naughty Gorila. The text is scant, so it may be best for native speakers and not parents trying to learn (or remember!) Spanish along with their kids.
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes/Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas, Pies
I love, love fingerplays and movement songs. This is one babies will be sure to love too!
Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses
This book is bilingual in the sense that it switches between languages. Very sweet!
Ve, Perro. Ve!: Go, Dog. Go! (Bright & Early Board Books
Another classic available in Spanish as a board book!