Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

El universo (Look Up)
by Richard Vaughan
(Science/Health)
Harper Déjame leer
Photos and simple text describe the moon and the stars and other things seen in the sky.
La vida bajo la tierra (Life Underground)
by Josep M. Parramón
(Science/Health)
Children learn what living things make the ground their home.
El agua y tú (Let Me Tell You About Water)
(Social Studies)
by Clarita Kohen
Simple text stresses the importance of water conservation.
El invierno (Winter)
by Josep M. Parramón
(Science/Health)
A description of the environmental changes that occur during winter. See others in series.
Pingüinos (Penguins)
by The Cousteau Society
(Science/Health)
A simple photographic introduction to the world of penguins. See others in series.

EASY

El libro de las nubes (The Cloud Book)
by Tomie de Paola
(Science/Health)
An appealing introduction to different types of clouds, how they're formed, and how they get their names.
Podría ser un mamífero (It Could Still Be a Mammal)
by Alan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens
The basic characteristics of mammals are outlined and specific mammals are identified.
Las gallinas no son las únicas (Chickens Aren't the Only Ones)
by Ruth Heller
(Science/Health)
Readers learn that not only chickens but birds, reptiles, fish, and insects also lay eggs.
¿Cómo sabes que es primavera? (How Do You Know It's Spring?)
by Alan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens
Readers discover the changes in nature that signal spring. See others in series.
El aire (The air)
by Josep M. Parramón
(Science/Health)
A description of air, one of the four basic elements.
Podría ser un árbol (It Could Still Be a Tree)
by Alan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens
Information about trees is imparted through photographs and easy-to-understand text.

AVERAGE

Ciudades de hormigas (Ant Cities)
by Arthur Dorros
(Science/Health)
Harper Arco Iris
The fascinating and complex ways industrious ants work together are explored.
Cómo nació el arco iris (How the Rainbow Came to Be)
by Alma Flor Ada
After painting the earth, the colors Blue, Red, and Yellow create a beautiful rainbow.
El libro de las arenas movedizas (The Quicksand Book)
by Tomie de Paola
(Science/Health)
Facts about quicksand are related through the funny story of Jungle Boy and Jungle Girl.
La Señorita Runfio (Miss Rumphius)
by Barbara Cooney
(Social Studies)
Penguin Ediciones
A woman who pledged to make the world more beautiful plants lupines everywhere in her neighborhood.
Cuenta los insectos (The Icky Bug Counting Book)
by Jerry Palotta
(Math)
Charlesbridge
This counting book introduces children to butterflies, beetles, and other insects.
Dentro del arrecife de coral (At Home in the Coral Reef)
by Katy Muzik
(Science/Health)
Charlesbridge
The importance of maintaining the balance of nature is revealed through an exploration of a coral reef.

CHALLENGING

The Harvest Birds/Los pájaros de la cosecha
by Blanca López Mariscal
Children's Book Press
Zanate birds help a young man inexperienced at farming to plant a field that yields a bountiful harvest.Text in English and Spanish.
Antártida (Antarctica)
by Helen Cowcher
(Social Studies)
Farrar Mirasol
This story shows how humans affects the balance of nature in Antarctica.
Dentro de la selva tropical (At Home in the Rain Forest)
by Diane Willow
(Science/Health)
Charlesbridge
Readers learn about the animals, birds, insects, and plants that live and grow in the Amazon rain forest.
Un paseo por la naturaleza (A Walk in the Wild)
by Lorraine Ward
(Social Studies)
Charlesbridge
A Group of school children explore the different environments of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
Fernando's Gift/El regalo de Fernando
by Douglas Keister
(Social Studies)
Sierra Club
After his friend Carmina's favorite climbing tree is cut down, Fernando gives her a sapling to plant in their Costa Rican rain forest.Text in Spanish and English.

For Teacher Read Aloud

El aullido de los monos (When the Monkeys Came Back)
by Kristine L. Franklin
(Social Studies)
Simon Libros Colibrí
After deforestation causes the howler monkeys to disappear from her Costa Rican village, a woman makes a plan to get them back.
Stelaluna (Stella Luna)
by Janell Cannon
Stelaluna, a baby bat, is adopted by a family of birds after falling into their nest.
This House Is Made of Mud/Esta casa está hecha de lodo
by Ken Buchanan
(Social Studies)
Northland
A family who makes their home in the Sonoran Desert finds their lives entwined with the environment.Text in English and Spanish.

For Shared Reading

Un árbol es hermoso (A Tree Is Nice)
by Janice May Udry
Harper Arco Iris
A poetic description of why trees play an important role in our lives.
The Desert Is My Mother/El desierto es mi madre
by Pat Mora
Piñata Books
A description of the desert as a provider and source of strength.Text in Spanish and English.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Growing Colors
by Bruce McMillan
(Science/Health)
Mulberry
Garden fruits and vegetables are shown close-up in all their glorious colors.

EASY

Peeping and Sleeping
by Fran Manushkin
Clarion
A boy and his father follow the sounds they hear one spring night and discover peepers in a pond.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

Alejandro's Gift
by Richard E. Albert
(Social Studies)
Chronicle
An old man named Alejandro builds a water hole for the desert animals he considers his friends.
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
(Social Studies)
Philomel
On a winter evening, a young girl and her father go owling in the woods.

For Teacher Read Aloud

It Rained on the Desert Today
by Ken and Debby Buchanan
(Social Studies)
Northland
Desert people and animals celebrate the coming of rains after months of scorching days.
The Tree That Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico
by Emery and Durga Bernhard
Holiday
With the help of Great-Grandmother Earth, Watakame survives a great flood.