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Bilingual Books

Bilingual books can help children learn new words in their non-native language — either by seeing the Spanish and English words side-by-side or by guessing word meaning through context. Bilingual books are a wonderful addition to a child's bookshelf — offering a window or mirror into cultural awareness and pride. Here, you'll find a collection of books with both English and Spanish text.

Learn more about diversity in children's books by visiting the Mirrors, Windows, Doors website.

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Also see tips for reading aloud with children. These parent tips are available in English and Spanish.

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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

By: Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Campoy

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Poetry

Rhymes from Spanish speaking countries are presented in Spanish and recreated in English to form...

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About Birds/Sobre los parjaros

By: Catherine Sill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Bugs, Birds and Animals

Handsome, realistic illustrations accompanied by straightforward information about North...

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Abuela

By: Arthur Dorros

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Flight

Rosalba imagines flying over New York City with her much loved abuela. The young girl uses...

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Arroz con Leche

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Poetry

These traditional rhymes and songs from Latin America are presented in both English and Spanish...

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Cuckoo/Cucu: A Mexican Folktale/Un cuento folklorico mexicano

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths

Lazy Cuckoo has a beautiful singing voice and brightly colored feathers — until he loses them...

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Green Is a Chile Pepper

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Geography, Travel and Cultures, What's Cooking?

Colors introduce foods and more Mexico and other Spanish-speaking counties. Naïve style...

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Hello Ocean / Hola Mar

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Oceans, Rivers and Ponds

A child narrates her visit to the ocean, inviting readers to explore it with her. She experiences...

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I Love Saturdays y domingos

By: Alma Flor Ada

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Families and Communities

A girl visits both sets of grandparents on weekends. On Saturdays, she speaks English with Grandpa...

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Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths

Look at the moon and what do you see? Could it be Fox? Fox convinced Mole to accompany him to...

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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Poetry

Neftali always loved nature and words. This fondness allowed Neftali — better known as Pablo...

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Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Geography, Travel and Cultures, Poetry

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish...

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Tito Puente, Mambo King

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Geography, Travel and Cultures, Music and Musicians

Tito Puente was born to be a musician. He grew up to become the Mamba King to whose music people...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Barrio: José's Neighborhood/Barrio: El barrio de José

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Families and Communities

José lives in a diverse neighborhood where he's just as likely to hear Spanish, English, or...

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Chavela and the Magic Bubble

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Our Green World

Chavela loves chomping chicle — chewing gum and blowing bubbles. One day, while out with her...

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Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia

By: Carmen Garza

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Families and Communities

The artist recalls growing up in south Texas in this celebration of family and cultural...

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Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

By: Julie Paschkis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Bugs, Birds and Animals, Poetry

Short poems about animals appear in English and Spanish accompanied by textured illustrations...

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From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

By: Francisco Alarcón

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Families and Communities, Geography, Travel and Cultures, Poetry

The poet remembers summers growing up in Mexico in poems presented in both English and Spanish....

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In My Family/En mi familia

By: Carmen Garza

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Families and Communities

Kingsville, on the border of Mexico and Texas, comes to life in words and pictures in this book...

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My Name Is Celia/Me llamo Celia

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Geography, Travel and Cultures, Music and Musicians

The beautiful artwork of this award-winning picture book about salsa queen Celia Cruz practically...

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My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Geography, Travel and Cultures

As she did in My Name Is Celia/Me llamo Celia, Monica Brown tells the story of young...

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Olinguito, de La A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z!

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Bugs, Birds and Animals, Geography, Travel and Cultures

Animals from the Ecuadorian Andes cloud forest are introduced in stunning illustrations and...

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Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales/Habia una vez: Cuentos tradicionales Latino Americanos

By: Reuben Martinez

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths

Animals and people wise and foolish are presented in these tales retold. Their origins, from a...

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Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube

By: Pat Mora

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Theme: Oceans, Rivers and Ponds, Poetry

Evocative watercolors and short, lyrical poems take readers on a trip, “Around our round world”...

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Video interviews with bilingual children's authors


 

Watch the full author interviews on our companion site, Colorín Colorado:


More great literacy resources for parents from Reading Rockets

Read Aloud Tips

Read Aloud Tips

Read aloud every day with your child and talk about what you're reading. These two simple activities help build your child's vocabulary and comprehension skills.

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Downloadables

Downloadables

Download these colorful ready-to-print lunch box notes, play date cards, and door hangers for the kids in your life.

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