Spanish Bug Books for Toddlers and Kids

Spanish Bug Books for Toddlers and Kids

Inside: Spanish bug books for kids. 

 

My kids are really into bugs. Sometimes I’ll find them turning over rocks in the yard to see what treasures they’ll find underneath. I’ve had to study up to learn a lot of the names myself! Today I’ve collected my favorite books about bugs in Spanish, to read as a family. (Looking for more books? See my posts on 50 Bilingual Books in Spanish and English, and 50 Authentic Picture Books in Spanish.)

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Spanish Bug Books for Kids

 

Insectos! (Dk Readers En Espanol. Level 2)

Here’s a general guide and easy reader for bugs in Spanish. I like the DK readers for non-fiction, and this one will be helpful if you have a curious child or a learning the names together. 

 

 

 

..Sabes algo sobre insectos?/ Do You Know about Insects? 

This is another general guide, with good realistic photos and facts about insects in Spanish. 

 

 

 

La araña muy ocupada (Spanish Edition)

My kids really enjoy this book, which is a delightful introduction to how spiders spin webs. The spider and her web are raised, and little hands love to feel the growing web. 

 

 

 

La abeja de más (Spanish Edition)

A funny fictional story about a colony of bees who discover an unknown bee has entered their hive. This is a fun look into the inner workings of a hive, the queen bee, and worker bees. 

 

 

La vida de la abeja (¡Mira cómo crece!) (Spanish Edition)

Here’s a close-up look in the entire lifespan of a bee, from egg to adult. 

 

 

 

La oruga muy hambrienta/The Very Hungry Caterpillar: bilingual board book (Spanish Edition)

This is one of our very favorites, and a gentle introduction into the lifecycle of a caterpillar and butterfly. It’s hard to get better than Eric Carle! 

 

National Geographic Readers: De la Oruga a la Mariposa (Caterpillar toButterfly) 

Here’s a non-fiction look into the lifecycle of a butterfly, witch good photos and explanations. As a non-native Spanish speaker, it’s so helpful to have the technical terms for me to learn!

 

 

 

 

La Mariposa

Butterflies are just the backstory to this touching book about a boy who doesn’t speak English in his new school, but it’s a beautiful story with beautiful pictures. 

 

 

La Mariquita Malhumorada (Spanish Edition)

Another Eric Carle treasure that’s been translated into Spanish, this one follows a grouchy ladybug who meets lots of other insects and finally learns some manners. It’s also a good peek into a ladybug’s life.

 

 

 

 

La luz de Lucía (Spanish Edition)

This story is about a little firefly who learns to accept her own uniqueness and shine her light. 

 

 

 

 

Non-fiction Guides to Specific Insects in Spanish

 

If you are looking for specific guides or want to have a collection about different insects, you may want to check out these titles!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for more activities to do with bugs in Spanish, I have a bilingual game pack, with picture cards to play Memory, Go Fish, Bingo, and a mini-book. Check it out for some extra bug fun!

 

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The Best Spanish Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

The Best Spanish Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

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!

 

 

 

What Spanish board books do you love? Let me know in the comments?

 

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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!

You’ll notice this list is very Alma Flor Ada-heavy as well. Honestly, I just love her books, and there were many more I could have included. Let me know in the comments what you would add to your list!

For more book lists and suggestions, be sure to see my Spanish children’s books page. 

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Authentic Spanish Books for Kids

What other authentic Spanish children’s books do you love? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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50 Picture Books Every Spanglish House Needs

50 Picture Books Every Spanglish House Needs

Inside: Bilingual books in Spanish and English, for kids.

No Spanglish home is complete without a stash of bilingual books for kids in Spanish and English. Thankfully, there are more and more available now!

I often walk in the door exhausted after a day of teaching, to kids who have heard English all day. Even though my brain just wants a break, they need these hours to be in my non-native language. So we grab one of my childhood favorites, cuddle up under a blanket, and get the best of both worlds. And really, they’re not the only ones who need rich input. I do too!

I have a separate post of authentic children’s books in Spanish, with a focus on Latino culture. This bilingual lists includes book originally written in English or translated from a third language. For more book lists and suggestions, be sure to see my Spanish children’s books page. 

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Our Top 50 Picks of Bilingual Books in Spanish and English

Arandanos Para Sal
Blueberries for Sal is an endearing story about a little girl and a baby bear getting mixed up, while out picking blueberries with their mothers. Robert McLosky’s memorable illustrations and sweet stories are not to be missed, in Spanish or English.


Se Venden Gorras
Caps for Sale My kids love this story of naughty monkeys and an unfortunate cap-peddler, based on a folktale.

 

El Cuento de Ferdinando
The Story of Ferdinand Set in Spain, Ferdinand tells the story of a quiet bull who accidentally gets chosen to go to Madrid for a bullfight. We love this one.

Harry, el perrito sucio
Harry the Dirty Dog is about a little dog who escapes and gets so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him. Sweet illustrations and funny story that kids love.

 

El Conejito Andarin
The Runaway Bunny follows a baby bunny who tells his mother his imaginative plans of running away– and the mother’s plans of how she would get him back. Very sweet.

 

Corduroy
Corduroy is a bear who want a home more than anything. He lives in a department store and thinks finding his missing button will help him find a family.

 

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry Richard Scarry’s detailed illustrations and clever characters make his books a must for every home library. My kids will spend hours pouring over his books!

 

Diez deditos de las manos y Diez deditos de los pies / Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes bilingual board book is a sweet rhyme about babies from all over the world. The poetry is really beautiful and I l always ove Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations.

 

La oruga muy hambrienta/The Very Hungry Caterpillar: bilingual board book This classic is my kids’ current favorite right now, and how they know the days of the week in both Spanish and English. Follow the life cycle of a butterfly in story format, starting with a little egg.

 

Abran paso a los patitos
Make Way for Ducklings was my family’s favorite book growing up! The illustrations are wonderful, as is the story of a family of ducks trying to find and make a home in busy Boston.

 

Un Dia de Nieve
The Snowy Day tells the story of Peter, who wakes up to a day of adventures in the snow.

 

Freight Train/Tren de carga is just the best if you have little train-lovers like I do. They also love the colors of the train in the illustrations.

 

Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Oso panda, oso panda, ¿qué ves ahí?
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Board Book

Oso polar, oso polar, ¿qué es ese ruido?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? These little books introduce different animals in a series of rhymes, and are not to be missed!

 

Ve, Perro. Ve!: Go, Dog. Go! Another whimsical rhyming classic from P.D. Eastman, Go Do Go! is about dogs moving around in different vehicles and meeting each other. It’s also a clever introduction to prepositions!

 

El Gran Granero Rojo
Big Red Barn is a lyrical rhyme that says good-night to the animals on a farm. Sweet and soothing language and pictures.

 

Un Pez, Dos Peces, Pez Rojo, Pez Azul
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Dr. Suess is beloved the world over, and this one is one of our Seuss favorites.

La silla de Pedro, Peter’s Chair Peter’s family has a new baby, and Peter isn’t sure what to think about his little sister.

 

Buenas noches, Gorila
Good Night, Gorilla A gorilla frees the animals in a zoo so they can sleep in the zookeeper’s house.

 

 

 

 

 

This innovative and sweet series features animal friends that each speak a different language (in this case, Spanish and English). There currently aren’t available on Amazon, but you can read more here.

 

Peluche
Gosset I so wish more of Shirley Hughes’ books were translated into Spanish! Her everyday stories of English children might be my favorites.

 

Sapo y Sepo son amigos / Frog and Toad Are Friends The clever stories here will have your kids re-reading these stories even when they’re older. The Frog and Toad books are good early readers as well.

 

La Senorita Runfio
Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney’s books are just lovely, and I love this one about travel and making the world a more beautiful place.

¿Eres Mi Mama?
Are You My Mother? A baby bird searches for his mother, and finally finds her.

 

Mike Mulligan y su máquina maravillosa
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel live in a world where diesel is taking over, and no one wants a steam shovel to work for them. But they are up for the challenge when a small town needs a cellar for their new town hall.

 

Un beso para osito
A Kiss for Little Bear was created as a beginning reader, but my kids like listening to the imaginative world of little bear.

 

De la cabeza a los pies
From Head to Toe Board Book is another Eric Carle classic that teaches body parts and movement.

 

La Pequena Locomotora Que Si Pudo
The Little Engine That Could is a beloved little book about a train that needs help, and finds it from a small friend.

 

Cinco monitos brincando en la cama/Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Cinco monitos subidos a un árbol / Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
The five little monkeys are always popular with little ones, as are the rhymes that tell about their mischievous escapades!

 

La araña muy ocupada
The Very Busy Spider gets asked to play by all the other animals, but doesn’t have enough time while she spins her web. I love how this shows the actual progression of web-spinning.

 

Chica Chica Bum Bum ABC
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom introduces the alphabet as a catchy rhyme that kids love.

 

Buenas Noches, Luna
Goodnight Moon I just love Margaret Wise Brown, and my kids definitely have this one memorized. I don’t really care for the Spanish translation, which loses some of the beauty of the original poetry.

 

El camioncito Azul
Little Blue Truck A little truck gets stuck in the mud, and all the animals pitch in to help.

 

Es hora de dormir/Time for Bed is a warm, lovely book, perfect for bedtime.

 

Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo is an old Chinese folktale about a boy who needs help and has trouble getting it because of his long name. I love the illustrations!

 

La Semilla de Zanahoria
The Carrot Seed A little boy plants a seed and patiently wait for it to come up, even when everyone around think it won’t.

 

Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby)
BUNNY CAKES (Max and Ruby) Max and Ruby are bunny siblings who decide a to make a cake for grandma’s birthday.

 

Adivina cuanto te quiero (Spanish Edition)
Guess How Much I Love You A papa hare and his son talk just how much they love each other. My kids love to tell me how much they love me too, from this book.

 

Siempre te querre (Spanish Edition)
Love You Forever is sweet story of a mother’s love for her son, all throughout his life.

 

El Pez Arco Iris (Spanish Edition)
The Rainbow Fish is a beautiful fish who learns to be kind.

 

¿Tu mamá es una llama?
Is Your Mama a Llama? A baby llama searches for his mama, and all the other baby animals help him.

 

Donde viven los monstruos
Where the Wild Things Are is an imaginative journey of wild creatures inside Max’s head, who is sent to bed without supper.

 

La historia de Ping
The Story about Ping follows a flock of ducks on the Yhangtze River in China. Ping as a mischievous little duck brought to life with beautiful illustrations.

 

Harold y el Lapiz Color Morado
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a story about a boy’s imagination as he colors his world purple.

 

Stelaluna (Spanish Language)
Stellaluna is a baby bat separated from her family and taken in by a family of birds. There’s a happy ending and good lesson on differences.

 

La casa adormecida
The Napping House

 

Jorge el curioso y el conejito/Curious George and the Bunny (Spanish and English Edition)

I like the original Curious George stories best, and these two are our favorites.

 

El árbol generoso
The Giving Tree
loves a little boy, and does her best all her life to take care of him. It’s a bit of a sad ending and food for thought on what unconditional love means.

 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Grades PK – 3: Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos Keepsake stories has an entire series of bilingual folk tales and fairy tales that includes all the classics.

 

 

What are your favorite bilingual books in Spanish and English? Leave a comment below with anything you think we missed!

Picture Books for Kids in Spanish and English

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Our Favorite Bilingual Pictionary

Our Favorite Bilingual Pictionary

favorite bilingual pictionary

As you build up your Spanish library make sure you have this one: Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry. It is a must for for every Spanish/English-speaking family with little ones. In fact, I just walked over to the computer here with it, and Janio gave me an extremely hopeful look: it is one book he always asks for.

If you aren’t familiar with Richard Scarry, you are in for a treat. He has wonderful little stories, but even better are the detailed, imaginative drawings. He manages to pack every page with interesting illustrations without being overwhelming.

Many Spanish language resources are full of Spanish picture dictionaries and flashcards, but I think it’s much better to have real literature in your hands. Most of the dictionaries’ illustrations that I’ve seen are lacking or too busy. This may not be a dictionary, technically, but it’s much more engaging and worth your money than most illustrated dictionaries.

I love this book because even though my Spanish vocabulary is fairly extensive, as my son gets older there are more and more words I realize I don’t know. (Crane? Windmill? Boxcar?) We pretty much camp out on the trucks, trains, and farm pages right now, but hopefully I’ll get to study words for the grocery store and house one day too.  If you are wanting to teach your baby or toddler Spanish, but feel nervous about a limited vocabulary, this should help tremendously.

 

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