Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Días con Sapo y Sepo (Days with Frog and Toad)
by Arnold Lobel
Five stories detail the special days that friends Frog and Toad spend together.
Munia y la señora Piltronera (Munia and the Day Things Went Wrong)
by Asún Balzola
Munia tries to make her family miserable when things go wrong for her, but she discovers they love her anyway.
El letrero secreto de Rosie (The Sign on Rosie's Door)
by Maurice Sendak
Rosie invites her friends to play and proves that anything can happen with some imagination.

EASY

¡Fiesta! (Fiesta!)
by June Behrens
Explains the origin and celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Alexander, que era rico el domingo pasado (Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday)
by Judith Viorst
(Math)
Simon Libros Colibrí
Alexander's spendthrift habits teach him to be more careful with money.
Alexander y el día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)
by Judith Viorst
Simon Libros Colibrí
When he wakes and finds chewing gum in his hair, Alexander knows it's going to be a terrible day.
Alexander, que de ninguna manera-¿le oyen?-¡lo dice en serio!-se va a mudar (Alexander, Who' s Not -Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!- Going to Move
by Judith Viorst
Simon Libros Colibrí
Alexander decides he does not want to move to a new house in a new neighborhood.
Pepita Talks Twice/Pepita habla dos veces
by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman
Pinata Books
When her dog's life is in danger, Pepita learns the value of speaking two languages. Text in English and Spanish.

AVERAGE

Siesta de tres años (Boy of the Three-Year-Nap)
by Allen Say
(Multicultural)
Lazy Taro, who wants to sleep all the time, is finally outwitted by his mother.
El pañuelo de seda (The Silk Scarf)
by Alma Flor Ada
Anita sacrifices her greatest treasure to save the life of a crane.
Un hatillo de cerezas (A Small Bundle of Cherries)
by María Puncel
A young man learns that it is better to give than to receive.
Amigo (Amigo)
by Byrd Baylor
Macmillan
Francisco tries to tame a wild prairie dog for a pet.
Por fin es Carnaval (Tonight Is Carnaval)
by Arthur Dorros
A Peruvian boy and his family prepare for the festivities of Carnaval.

CHALLENGING

Jugo de pecas (Freckle Juice)
by Judy Blume
Andrew wakes up to find that the recipe given him by classmate Sharon has turned him green instead of giving him the freckles he wanted.
Seguiremos siendo amigos (Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon)
by Paula Danziger
From the first day of school, Amber Brown can tell that third grade is going to be awful.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Stanley, el plano (Flat Stanley)
by Jeff Brown
Stanley's life changes dramatically when a board falls on him and flattens him.
Por los aires (In the Air)
by Asún Balzola
A special day spent with his Aunt Rosemary makes Gabriel feel better about his new baby brother.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

La Boda: A Mexican Wedding Celebration
by Nancy Van Laan
Little
A little girl is delighted by the wedding celebration that takes place in her village in the mountains of Oaxaca.
A Day with Wilbur Robinson
by William Joyce
Harper
A visitor discovers that nothing ordinary ever happens at his friend Wilbur Robinson's house.
A Day's Work
by Eve Bunting
Clarion
Francisco tries to help his grandfather, just arrived from Mexico, find work.

EASY

Will and Orv
by Walter A. Schulz
Johnny will never forget the day he saw two brothers' dream take flight.
Meteor!
by Patricia Polacco
Putnam
A meteor causes excitement when it falls in the front yard of the Gaw family.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
by Kate Waters
(Social Studies)
Scholastic
Sarah is shown at work and play in a New England settlement in 1627.
A Day in the Life of a Circus Clown
by Carol Gaskin
(Social Studies)
Troll
A photo essay follows a circus clown from practicing to applying make-up to performing.
Nights of the Pufflings
by Bruce McMillan
(Science/Health)
Houghton
In Iceland when pufflings take their first nighttime flight, Halla helps to rescue stranded birds and set them safely on the beach the next day.
Deadline! From News to Newspaper
by Gail Gibbons
(Social Studies)
Harper
An inside look at the working of a small daily newspaper.
Celebrating Kwanzaa
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
(Multicultural)
Holiday
Andiey Barnes tells how her family celebrates Kwanzaa.
The Day of Ahmed's Secret
by Florence Parry Heide
(Multicultural)
Lothrop
A young boy in Cairo rushes home to tell his family he has learned to write his name.
Julian, Dream Doctor
by Ann Cameron
Dad's birthday is coming up, and Julian wants to get him something he's always wanted.
Lyle at the Office
by Bernard Waber
Houghton
Lyle spends an interesting day in Mr. Pimm's office.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Aunt Skilly and the Stranger
by Kathleen Stevens
Ticknor
When a stranger that Aunt Skilly welcomes into her home tries to steal her quilts, she outsmarts him.
The Adventures of Isabel
by Ogden Nash
Little
Feisty Isabel gets rid of bears and giants with ease in this poem.