A Guide to Finding Spanish Audio Books for Kids
Inside: The best Spanish audio books for kids.
When raising bilingual kids or teaching Spanish, audiobooks are a great resource to have in your stash of Spanish-language materials. The only problem is this: they’re really hard to find! I’ve been searching in all my favorite groups and readers have sent in their top sites. I wish I had even more options for you, but here are some great resources to help you get going.
In addition to the online options below, be sure to check your local public library for Spanish audiobooks, or books with CDs. Many library actually have extensive collections, and you might find some goodies there!
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Spanish Audio Books for Kids
If you’re using audiobooks at home, you can be creative. Listen in the car or on road trips. Let your kids do something with their hands while listening (puzzles, coloring, building, etc.), or turn on the Spotify playlist below at bedtime.
For teachers in the classroom, Spanish audio books could make a good station or alternative activity for native/heritage speakers. If you have older students who are still struggling to read, giving them a simple audio option can also be a helpful alternative.
And now, let’s get started! If you have more suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.
1. The Spanish Experiment
The Spanish Experiment currently has nine free stories for listening, including classic fairy and folk tales. When you click on the link, the first five will show as free, and the last four with a membership. But if you click on over to The Fable Cottage, they are free too! These stories are narrated with a very high-quality audio and include a script you can follow. Although there are a few images, it is more for listening and not an actual “audio book.”
Recommended for intermediate Spanish speakers.
2. Unite for Literacy
Unite for Literacy is a good-sized collection of Spanish audio books for children, with digital books you click on to turn the pages and listen to the audio. Most of the books are written in simple Spanish (though some use less-common phrases since they are written for Spanish speaker), with non-fiction themes like colors, toys, art, animals, and more. The site includes many other languages, in addition to Spanish!
Recommended for young children and novice Spanish learners and up.
3. Spotify Playlists
Spotify is actually a goldmine of online stories in Spanish, and one of the best free options out there. Of course, you won’t have the visuals to follow along with, but you find some quality narrators. I’m sharing several playlists that you might like.
Recommended for intermediate Spanish speakers.
4. Storybooks Canada
Storybooks Canada is an amazing project that highlights African stories, and provides books with audio in dozens of languages– one of which is Spanish!
Recommended for beginning Spanish speakers.
5. 123 Teach Me
123 Teach Me provides audio of short stories for kids, along with a script of the story. There are currently 18 stories available, some of which were familiar fables, along with some new stories to me.
Recommended for elementary kids and intermediate Spanish speakers.
LibriVox is another free option. A lot of the content is for adults or very advanced learners, and only the audio is available. However, there are over 400 titles available, with more in progress. Most are original titles in Spanish (lots of poetry), along with translated classics. It’s a lot to sort through, so here are some titles you might be interested in: El Ratón Perez, La Biblia, Cuentos de Hadas (Grimm’s Fairy Tales), Alice in Wonderland. Don Quijote, Las Fábulas de Esopo, Shakespeare.
Recommended for older students and advanced Spanish speakers. Also available as an App.
7. The Bible App for Kids
The Bible App is free, and technically more than a simple audiobook. You can download the stories, which include text, audio, and images that are slightly animated. This is a huge resource to have at your fingertips, if you read the Bible with your kids!
Recommended for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers. Available as an App.
There are several paid options for Spanish audio books. Amazon Audible seems to have the largest collection, with titles like Buenas Noches, Luna, stories from Beatrix Potter, and popular folk takes. It also includes many chapter books like Esperanza Renace, Manoltio Gafotas, y El Prinicipito. (There is a monthly fee.) Click here to go directly to the collection of Spanish-language books.
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