Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

La ciudad (The City)
by Josep M. Parramón
(Social Studies)
A description of a city and some of the activities that take place there.
El campo (The Country)
by Josep M. Parramón
(Social Studies)
Characteristics of the country and the kind of activities common to life there are described.
Un murmullo es silencioso (A Whisper Is Quiet)
by Carolyn Lunn
(Multicultural)
Childrens
Slow boats and fast planes and green and red traffic lights are some of the pairs found in this book about opposites.
Al zoo (The Zoo)
by Josep M. Parramón
During a visit to a zoo, children discover all the different animals that live there.

EASY

Let's Go/Vamos
by Rebecca Emberley
Little
Labels identify different sights as a child visits the zoo, an aquarium, an art museum and other places.Text in English and Spanish.
Sombreros, gorras y cachuchas (Hats, Hats, Hats)
by Ann Morris
(Multicultural)
Photographs from all over the world show different kinds of hats from playful to ceremonial.
Mi calle (My Street)
by Josep M. Parramón
(Social Studies)
Four friends explore their neighborhood.
Taking a Walk: A Book in Two Languages/Caminando: Un libro en dos lenguas
by Rebecca Emberley
Little
Labels name the objects a child sees on a walk through his neighborhood.Text in English and Spanish.
El ratoncito del campo y el ratoncito de la ciudad (The Country Mouse and the City Mouse)
by Patricia McKissack
Childrens
A country mouse and a city mouse who visit each other discover that they like their own home best.

AVERAGE

Un día de nieve (The Snowy Day)
by Ezra Jack Keats
(Multicultural)
An African American boy named Peter plays outside in the snow.
Ésta es mi casa (This Is My House)
by Arthur Dorros
(Social Studies)
Children learn to say "this is my house" in different languages as they explore differences and similarities between houses around the world.
El hallazgo de Jamaica (Jamaica's Find)
by Juanita Havill
(Multicultural)
Jamaica wants to keep a stuffed dog she finds at the playground, but decides to return it to its owner.
Donde viven los monstruos (Where the Wild Things Are)
by Maurice Sendak
Max's vivid imagination takes him on a journey to the land of the wild things and then safely back home again.
El trayecto/The Trek
by Ann Jonas
A girl's imagination transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary during her walk to school.Text in English and Spanish.

CHALLENGING

El sol siempre brilla en alguna parte (The Sun Is Always Shining Somewhere)
by Allan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens
An explanation of the sun and its importance in our world.
El sueño de Matías (Matthew's Dream)
by Leo Lionni
(Art)
After Matías the mouse visits an art museum, he decides to become a painter.
Somos un arco iris/We Are a Rainbow
by Nancy María Grande Tabor
(Multicultural)
Charlesbridge
Simple comparisons show that people from different cultures have much in common.Text in English and Spanish.
La Isla (Isla)
by Arthur Dorros
Dutton
A young girl and her abuela take an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her abuela grew up.
El gusto del mercado mexicano/A Taste of the Mexican Market
by Nancy María Grande Tabor
(Social Studies)
Charlesbridge
During a visit to a market, children learn about the culture and customs of Mexico.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Un árbol es hermoso (A Tree Is Nice)
by Janice May Udry
Harper Arco Iris
A poetic description of the many ways in which trees add delight and beauty to the world.
La casita (The Little House)
by Virginia Lee Burton
The city moves closer and closer to a little house that was once in the country.
La señorita Runfio (Miss Rumphius)
by Barbara Cooney
Penguin Ediciones
A woman who vowed to make the world a more beautiful place plants lupines everywhere.
Quique duerme fuera de casa (Ira Sleeps Over)
by Bernard Waber
When Quique receives his first invitation to sleep over at a friend's house, he worries that he'll miss his home and family too much.

For Shared Reading

Vamos a cazar un oso (We're Going on a Bear Hunt)
by Michael Rosen
A father and his children cross fields, wade through a river and make their way through a forest to find a bear in a cave in this classic rhyme.
Los sonidos a mi alrededor (The Listening Walk)
by Aliki
Harper Arco Iris
A girl out for a walk with her father discovers some of the different sounds that exist in her everyday world.
El arco iris y los pájaros (The Rainbow and the Birds)
by Fernando Alonso
A Tucuman legend explains how the rainbow gave birds their colors.
El poni, el oso y el manzano (The Pony, the Bear, and the Apple)
by Sigrid Heuck
In this rebus story, Pony and Bear try to find out who has stolen Pony's apples.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

The Dancer
by Fred Burstein
(Multicultural)
Simon
As a father accompanies his daughter to a ballet lesson, the things they encounter are named in English, Spanish, and Japanese.
Hoot, Howl, Hiss
by Michelle Koch
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow
An introduction to the sounds that farm, jungle, and other kinds of animals make.

EASY

Tools
by Ann Morris
(Multicultural)
Lothrop
This photo essay shows people around the world using tools in many ways.
Nature Walk
by Douglas Florian
Greenwillow
A walk in the woods offers unexpected sights and sounds.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

I Am Eyes/ Ni Macho
by Leilia Ward
(Multicultural)
Scholastic
Waking in the morning, a girl in Kenya names the things she sees.
The Earth and I
by Frank Asch
(Social Studies)
Harcourt
A boy details his respect for the world around him.

For Teacher Read Aloud

My Two Worlds
by Ginger Gordon
Clarion
Kirsy Rodriguez lives in New York City, but often returns to the Dominican Republic to visit her grandparents.
Max Found Two Sticks
by Brian Pinkney
(Multicultural)
Simon
Using two sticks, Max taps out the rhythms of the world around him.