A Guide to Finding Spanish Audio Books for Kids

by | May 18, 2020

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. 

I’ve been searching in all my favorite groups, and readers have sent in their top sites, to create this amazing list of resources.

In addition to the online options below, be sure to check your local public library for Spanish audiobooks, or books with CDs. Many libraries have extensive collections, and you might find some goodies there!

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Related: Free Online Spanish Picture Books for Kids

 

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.

This is a long list, so here are specific sections in case you’d like to jump there directly. Otherwise, read on to see all the options!

And now, let’s get started! If you have more suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.

 

Online Picture Books with Audio

1. Unite for Literacy

 

Unite for Literacy is a wonderful free site with good-sized collection of Spanish digital books for kids. You click on to turn the pages and listen to the audio. Most of the books are written in simple Spanish (though they are written for native speakers), 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. 

 

2. Scholastic Read-Alouds in Spanish

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Scholastic has recently made a number of their popular titles available as read-alouds on YouTube. This is a great source for popular books that have been shared with permission online, and we found many of our favorite titles (like Harry, el perrito sucio) available in Spanish.

Recommended for novice Spanish learners and up. 

 

3. Storybooks Canada

 

Storybooks Canada is an amazing project that highlights stories created from different regions of Africa, and provides books with audio in dozens of languages– one of which is Spanish!

Recommended for intermediate Spanish speakers and up. 

 

Audio of Spanish Stories Online

 

These are collections of audio for Spanish stories. Some have a read-along script, and some are simply for listening. 

 

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 with a few images along the way.

Recommended for intermediate Spanish speakers. 

 

2. Audible.Stories

Separate from the general Audible site on Amazon, Audible.Stories includes a nice selection of audio books in Spanish, both shorter stories and chapter books. (This may be a limited time offer.) I found that more titles in Spanish showed up by simply typing “español” into the search bar, rather than clicking on the button “Para escuchar en español.”

Recommended for intermediate Spanish speakers.

 

3. Spotify Playlists

Spotify has a collection 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. 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, with comprehension questions and scripts to follow along with.

Recommended for elementary kids and intermediate Spanish speakers.  

 

5. Cuentos Por Contar

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Cuentos x contar has a small selection of original stories to listen to in Spanish, along with scripts for reading along. They also have a sections of coloring pages to go along with the stories and comprehension questions to use post-reading.

Recommended for elementary kids and intermediate Spanish speakers.  

 

6. LibriVox

 

LibriVox is another free option available as an app or a website. 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. 

 

Apps for Audio Book in Spanish

 

1. Hoopla App

 

The Hoople app is free if you have a US library card number. They have a decent selection of Spanish audiobooks for kids and many for adults as well. You can find audio books versions from popular authors and series in English like Mo Willems, Margaret Wise Brown, Curious George, and more. I’m excited because it can be hard to find chapter audio books for free, and they just added Esperanza Renace and Harry Potter y la piedra filosola. I’m hoping they’ll add more!

Recommended for intermediate Spanish speakers and up.

 

2. The Bible App

 

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. 

 

Subscription Sites for Spanish Audio Books

Amazon Audible 

 

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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