Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Feliz cumpleaños, Martin Luther King, Hijo (Happy Birthday, Dr. King)
by Jean Marzollo
(Multicultural)
Scholastic Mariposa
The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in an easy-to-read format.
La historia de Johnny Appleseed (The Story of Johnny Appleseed)
by Aliki
(Social Studies)
The author/illustrator tells the story of John Chapman, who legend says sprinkled the land with apple seeds during his travels.
La Señorita Runfio (Miss Rumphius)
by Barbara Cooney
Penguin Ediciones
As a young girl, Miss Rumphius, known as the Lupine Lady, vowed to make the country more beautiful by planting lupines.

EASY

Josefina y la colcha de retazos (Josefina and the Story Quilt)
by Eleanor Coerr
(Social Studies)
Harper Arco Iris
A family and their pet chicken head west.
Mira cómo salen las estrellas (Watch the Stars Come Out)
by Riki Levinson
(Multicultural)
A grandmother recounts her twenty-three-day boat trip years earlier to the United States and the joy she felt at her first sight of the Statue of Liberty.
¡Fiesta! (Fiesta!)
by June Behrens
(Social Studies)
Childrens
Colorful photographs illustrate the celebration of the Mexican-American holiday Cinco de Mayo.
Coyote: un cuento folclórico del sudoeste de Estados Unidos (Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the Southwest)
by Gerald McDerott
(Multicultural)
Harcourt Libros Viajeros
In this Zuni tale, Coyote finds himself constantly in trouble.
En el camino de California (Along the California Trail)
by Pat Muñoz Ryan
(Social Studies)
Charlesbridge
Carmen takes the reader on a guided tour of California, pointing out interesting facts about the state's history and geography.
AVERAGE“Sarah, sencilla y alta (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
by Patricia MacLachlan
(Social Studies)
In this classic story, Caleb and Anna, who live on the prairie with their widowed father Jacob, anxiously await the arrival of Sarah, their father's new bride from Maine.
Fiesta U. S. A. (Fiesta U. S. A.)
by George Ancona
(Social Studies)
Lodestar
This photo essay focuses on four fiestas: “Day of the Dead,” Las Posadas processions, the New Year's Day dance of Los Matachines, and La Fiesta de los Reyes Magos.
El paraíso de Abuelita (Abuelita's Paradise)
by Carmen Santiago Nodar
When holding Abuelita's blanket, Marita can remember the stories her grandmother told her about living in Puerto Rico.
El vuelo de los colibríes (The Flight of the Hummingbirds)
by Alma Flor Ada
Laredo
A family relates their experiences, both positive and negative, when they move from Mexico to California.
Los presidentes (The Presidents)
by Carol Greene
(Social Studies)
Childrens
Beginning with George Washington, the author explains who America's presidents have been and how they were elected.
El béisbol nos salvó (Baseball Saved Us)
by Ken Mochizuki
(Multicultural)
Lee & Low
A young boy interned with his family in a Japanese relocation camp during World War II explains how playing baseball kept up their spirits.
El águila americana (The American Eagle)
by Lynda Sorensen
(Social Studies)
Rourke
Explains how the eagle, instead of the turkey, became our national symbol. See others in the Símbolos Americanos (American Symbols) series.
California -- de mar a mar (California -- From Sea to Shining Sea)
by Dennis B. Frakin
(Social Studies)
Childrens
The history of California and its people is explored.
La casa de la pradera (Little House on the Prairie)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Social Studies)
The classic story about the Ingalls family and their home on the Kansas prairie.

CHALLENGING

¡Cuidado con las mujeres astutas! (Watch Out for Clever Women!)
by Joe Hayes
In this collection of five amusing stories, women have the last laugh. Text in English and Spanish.
Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
by Joyce Johnston
(Social Studies)
Lerner
The cities, beaches, rolling pastures, and tropical rain forest are featured in this history of the island commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Los Navajo (The Navajo)
by Susan Stan
(Multicultural)
Rourke
The author presents a historic look at these early Native Americans.

For Teacher Read Aloud

El diario de Pedro (Pedro's Journey)
by Pam Conrad
(Social Studies)
In his diary, Pedro, a young sailor on the Santa María, relates his adventures sailing with Columbus to the new world.
Sauce azul (Blue Willow)
by Doris Gates
(Social Studies)
Janey treasures her migrant family's blue willow plate for its scene of a peaceful home.
A orillas del Río Plum (On the Banks of Plum Creek)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Social Studies)
The Ingalls family moves to Minnesota and encounters a devastating blizzards as well as a plague of grasshoppers.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope
by Martha Cooper and Ginger Gordon
(Social Studies)
Clarion
On a day that is very special to him, a Mexican American boy ropes and rides in the Mexican Rodeo in a style handed down through generations of his family.
Knoxville, Tennessee
by Nikki Giovanni
(Multicultural)
Scholastic
A poem that celebrates the joys of community life in the summer.

EASY

Gonna Sing My Head Off! American Folk Songs for Children
by Kathleen Krull
(Music)
Knopf
A collection of toe-tapping, hand-clapping tunes celebrating America's history.
Autumn Across America
by Seymour Simon
A breathtaking look at the country in its most colorful season.
AVERAGE/CHALLENGING“Hector Lives in the United States Now: The Story of a Mexican-American Child
by Joan Hewett
Harper
This photo essay shows the new, everyday world of ten-year-old Hector Almaraz, who with his family has moved from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California.
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
by Mildred Pitts Walter
When Justin visits his grandfather's ranch in Missouri, he learns what it really means to be a cowboy.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
by Marguerite Henry
Macmillan
A tale about a prospector and his burro includes the history of the Grand Canyon.

For Teacher Read Aloud

The Other Side: How Kids Live in a California Latino Neighborhood
by Kathleen Krull
(Social Studies)
Lodestar
Three Latino children explain how their lives have changed since moving to California.
Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
(Social Studies)
Simon and Schuster
A collection of poems and some folk songs about America, arranged chronologically.