Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Agua agua agua (Agua, Agua, Agua)
by Pat Mora
Harper Déjame leer
A simple retelling of an Aesop fable.
El señor Sol y el señor Mar (Mr. Sea and Mr. Sun)
by Andrea Butler
Harper Déjame leer
During a visit to Mr. Sun, Mr. Sea brings so much water that Mr. Sun must jump up into the sky in this pourquoi tale.
La cinturita de Anansi (Anansi's Narrow Waist)
by Len Cabral
(Multicultural)
Harper Déjame Leer
This African pourquoi tale explains why spiders have eight legs.

EASY

Los tres chivitos Gruff (The Three Billy Goats Gruff)
by Paul Galdone
Three billy goat brothers trick a terrible troll into letting them go across a bridge in this favorite story.
El léon y el ratón (The Lion and the Mouse)
by Mary Lewis Wang
Childrens
A mouse saves the life of a lion in a simple retelling of an Aesop fable.
El traje nuevo del emperador (The Emperor's New Clothes)
by Zoraida Vásquez
Two scoundrels sell a vain emperor an invisible set of clothes.
Los guisantes maravillosos (Jack and the Beanstalk)
by Frances Bofill
Jack climbs up a vine that grows from a seed and outwits a giant in this classic fairy tale.

AVERAGE

Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna: A Peruvian Folktale
by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt Libros Viajeros
An enthusiastic fox and a reluctant mole climb to the moon on a rope woven from straw.Text in English and Spanish.
El tesoro (The Treasure)
by Uri Shulevitz
Farrar Mirasol
A man who journeys to a far city to find a treasure discovers that he never had to leave home at all.
El arco iris y los pájaros (The Rainbow and the Birds)
by Fernando Alonso
This Latin American legend reveals how the rainbow gave the birds their colorful plumage.
Pérez y Martina (Perez and Martina)
by Pura Belpré
This Puerto Rican legend tells the story of Martina, a cockroach, and Perez, the mouse she decides to marry.
Los tres deseos: Un viejo cuento (Three Wishes: An Old Story)
by Margot Zemach
Farrar Mirasol
When a woodcutter and his wife are granted three wishes, the results are not what they expected.
Coyote (Coyote)
by Gerald McDermott
(Multicultural)
Harcourt Libros Viajeros
Coyote asks the crows to teach him to fly, but the experience ends in disaster.
Strega Nona (Strega Nona)
by Tomie de Paola
In this noodlehead tale from Italy, Big Anthony finds himself in trouble when he uses Strega Nona's magic pot.

CHALLENGING

El tigre y el rayo (The Tiger and the Lightning)
by Fray Cesáreo de Armellada
In this Venezuelan tale, a tiger and the lightning have a contest to see who is stronger.
La leyenda de la flor “el conejo” (The Legend of the Bluebonnet)
by Tomie de Paola
(Multicultural)
A courageous Comanche girl makes a sacrifice to put an end to a terrible drought.
El unicornio del Oeste (The Unicorn of the West)
by Alma Flor Ada
Simon Libros Colibrí
A unicorn searches for the answer to his identity, with the help of a robin, a butterfly, and a squirrel.
Story of the Chinese Zodiac/El zodíaco chino
by Monica Chang
(Multicultural)
When the Earth God holds a race, the first twelve animals to cross the river become the signs in a calendar that keeps track of time.Text in English and Spanish.
El enano saltarín (Rumpelstiltskin)
by Paul Zelinsky
Penguin Ediciones
A farmer's daughter spins straw into gold with the help of an odd little man named Rumpelstiltskin.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Siesta de tres años (The Boy of the Three-Year Nap)
by Diane Snyder
(Multicultural)
A lazy boy named Taro gets his comeuppance when his mother uses his own trick to avoid work to her advantage.
¡La verdadera historia de los tres cerditos! (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs)
by Jon Scieszka
Penguin Ediciones
In his funny version of the story of the three little pigs, Alexander T. Wolf claims that he was framed.
El hijo del elefante (The Elephant's Son)
by Rudyard Kipling
This humorous tale explains how the elephant got its long trunk.

For Shared Reading

Los cazadores de miel (The Honey Hunters)
by Francesca Martin
(Multicultural)
A bird leads a boy and a group of animals to a hive of sweet honey in this cumulative tale from the Bantu.
De colores, and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children
by José-Luis Orozco
(Music)
A collection of twenty-seven children's folk songs.Text in English and Spanish.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Seven Blind Mice
by Ed Young
(Multicultural)
Philomel
In this Indian fable, seven blind mice encounter an elephant and argue about what he is.

EASY

Rockabye Crocodile
by José Aruego and Ariane Dewey
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow
A kind boar and a selfish boar find their actions rewarded in different ways in this Philippine tale.
Young Mouse and Elephant
by Pamela J. Farris
Houghton
Boastful Young Mouse sets off to prove to elephant that he is the strongest animal on the plains.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

The Race of Toad and Deer
by Pat Mora
Orchard
A Guatemalan folktale tells how clever Toad, with some help from his friends, beats proud Deer in a race.
Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale
by Janet Stevens
(Multicultural)
Holiday
Coyote gets into trouble when he makes a spirit rock angry by stealing its blanket.
The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle's Wedding
by Alma Flor Ada
This Latin American folktale tells about a rooster who needs help getting to his uncle's wedding.

For Teacher Read Aloud

The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb: A Mexican Fable
by Pat Mora
Clarion
A small red ant discovers that she has the strength to move a big crumb all by herself.
Tukama Tootles the Flute: A Tale from the Antilles
by Phyllis Gershator
(Multicultural)
Orchard
A boy, captured by a two-headed giant, uses the music from his flute to escape.