Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

La vaca que decía OINK (The Cow That Went Oink)
by Bernard Most
A cow that oinks and a pig that moos teach each other the words they know.
El gato del mago (The Magician's Cat)
by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins
A cat decides that he likes being himself best after a wizard turns him into a sailor, a monkey, a bee, and a rabbit.
El ratón que voló (The Mouse That Flew)
by William Mayne
A mouse who longs to fly barely escapes the talons of an owl.
Willy el tímido (Willy the Wimp)
by Anthony Browne
Tired of being bothered by the neighborhood bullies, Willie builds up his muscles so he won't be pushed around anymore.

EASY

El cuento de Ferdinando (The Story of Ferdinand)
by Munro Leaf
Penguin Ediciones
Ferdinand the bull would rather smell flowers than go to Madrid to fight.
En el desván (In the Attic)
by Hiawyn Oram
A boy who is bored with his toys uses his imagination to create a world of adventure in his attic.
El secreto en la caja de fósforos (The Secret in the Matchbox)
by Val Willis
Farrar Mirasol
A dragon in Bobby Bell's matchbox grows to huge proportions when it is turned loose in his classroom.
El cocodrilo pintor (Crocodile the Painter)
by Max Velthujis
Crocodile's white canvases, painted so that any picture can be imagined on them, end up hanging in museums everywhere.

AVERAGE

La niña invisible (The Invisible Girl)
by J. L. García Sánchez and M. A. Pacheco
When she becomes invisible, a lonely girl is able to teach two feuding bands of children to get along.
Asombrosa Graciela (Amazing Grace)
by Mary Hoffman
(Multicultural)
Penguin Ediciones A classmate tells Grace that she can't play Peter Pan because she's black, but Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
Hipo canta (Hipo Sings)
by Carmen de Posadas
Hipo wants more than anything to be a great singer, but it isn't until he falls in love that he begins to sing beautifully.
The Flute Player/La flautista
by Robyn Eversole
Orchard
When a little girl and a flute player who live in the same building meet, the music that comes from their meeting changes the lives of the people who live in the building.Text in English and Spanish.
Pollita pequeña (Chicken Little)
by Steven Kellogg
A fox attempts to hijack a chicken truck, setting off a madcap chain of events.
Algo está creciendo (Something Is Growing)
by Walter Lyon Krudop
Simon Libros Colibrí
A boy who plants an exotic seed in a city sidewalk watches as an unusual plant grows and turns the city into a jungle.

CHALLENGING

Asombrosos animales venenosos (Amazing Poisonous Animals)
by Alexandra Parsons
(Science/Health)
Text and photos introduce poisonous animals like the gila monster and the sea anemone.
Zapatones (Big Feet)
by Pilar Mateos
Zapatones dreams of becoming a famous basketball player, but his feet grow so big they become an embarrassment to him.
El autobús mágico en tiempos de los dinosaurios (The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs)
by Joanna Cole
(Science/Health)
Scholastic Mariposa
In their magic schoolbus, Mrs. Frizzle and her class travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.
El caballito que quería volar (The Little Horse Who Wanted to Fly)
by Marta Osorio
A merry-go-round horse longs for an opportunity to fly.
Yaci y su muñeca (Yaci and Her Doll)
by Concepción Zendrera
Yaci hides her corncob doll in the sand and finds that, after the rainy season, it has grown into a cornstalk.
¿Te asustan? Criaturas espeluznantes (Do They Scare You? Creepy Creatures)
by Sneed B. Collard III
(Science/Health)
Charlesbridge
Brief explanations introduce bats, viperfish, Tasmanian devils, Komodo dragons and other creepy creatures to readers.

For Teacher Read Aloud

El señor Viento Norte (Mr. North Wind)
by Carmen de Posadas
When the North Wind forgets that winter is over, Arturo and María convince him that his gales should become gentle breezes.
Stanley, el plano (Flat Stanley)
by Jeff Brown
Stanley Lambchop wakes up to discover that he's flat, and has a series of funny adventures.
Historia de la nube que era amiga de una niña (The Cloud That Was Friends with a Girl)
by Bertrand Ruillé
A cloud rescues his friends from a drought, and they, in turn, save the cloud from evaporating.

For Shared Reading

La viejecita que no le tenía miedo a nada (The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything)
by Linda Williams
A little old lady who's not afraid of anything gets the scare of her life one evening.
Los pingüinos heladeros (The Frosty Penguins)
by Carmen Blázquez Gil
In this rebus story, a group of penguins who make ice cream decide they are tired of making the same flavor all the time.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

A Bear for Miguel
by Elaine Marie Alphin
Harper
At a market in El Salvador, María makes a special trade to help her papa get the things her family needs.

EASY

The Old Man and His Door
by Gary Soto
Putnam
After not listening carefully to his wife's instructions, an old man sets out for a party with a door on his back.
The Giant Jam Sandwich
by John V. Lord
Houghton
The citizens of Itching Down devise a clever way to get rid of four million wasps.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

Chato's Kitchen
by Gary Soto
Putnam
Chato the cat wants to make a family of mice his dinner, but his plans are spoiled when a dog shows up.
The Iguana Brothers
by Tony Johnston
Scholastic
The adventures of two fun-loving iguana brothers in Mexico.
Super Cluck
by Jane O'Connor and Robert O'Connor
Chuck Cluck looks like an ordinary chick, but he's really from another planet.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Luck with Potatoes
by Helen Ketteman
Orchard
When a hard-luck farmer spends his last few dollars to plant potatoes, the enormous size of the spuds makes his fortune.
A Lion Named Shirley Williamson
by Bernard Waber
Houghton
Shirley Williamson, a lion at the Brooklyn Zoo, causes resentment among the other lions because of her fancy name and the special treatment she receives.