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A summer reading program for kids from Reading Rockets

Start With a Book

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.

In this section:


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


Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

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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Around the World in a Bathtub

By: Wade Bradford

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Theme: Families and Communities, Geography, Travel and Cultures

Everywhere people take baths, but baths and bathing traditions are different in places and...

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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, Cooking and Food

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: Nature: 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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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities

By: Jonathan Litton

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Theme: Geography, Travel and Cultures

There are many ways to say Hello! There’s more than just “hi!” People world-over say it in their...

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Video interviews with bilingual children's authors


 

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