Category: Books and Stories

Facts about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016.

Spanish Playground plays a unique role in reaching teachers and parents of Spanish speakers and learners. Spanish language, bilingual and…

A printable Spanish story and scene to teach vocabulary and language in context.

I love telling stories with language learners, and I do lots of different story activities. One of my favorites is…

Online Spanish stories provide high-interest reading for kids anywhere.

Reading is one of the best ways to build vocabulary and give kids consistent exposure to Spanish. These online Spanish…

Latino culture for kids in three picture books from Cinco Puntos Press.

Cinco Puntos Press is a small, independent publishing company in El Paso, Texas. They publish many beautiful books rooted in…

Meditation for kids in Spanish teaches language and relaxation.

Imaginaciones by Carolyn Clarke has 17 very short imaginary adventures told in easy Spanish. These read-aloud relaxation stories help children…

Mariana Llanos discusses her inspiration for her book The Wanting Monster.

Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer and mother of three. She has published six children’s books available in English and…

Spanish winter reading program keep kids reading over break.

Winter break is almost here. That means it is time for the Spanish Winter Reading Challenge! Ideally, children read and…

Gifts for kids learning Spanish help them stay motived to learn.

Speaking and learning Spanish is fun, and we want it to stay that way for kids. A new book or…

Recipes in Spanish with poems and photos.

Recetas graciosas y saludables by Graciela Castellanos has simple recipes in Spanish. Best of all, these recipes are extension activities…

Maya's Blanket is an exceptional choice for kids learning Spanish.

Certain books have a difficult-to-define quality that makes them exceptional read alouds. Musical language, endearing characters and absorbing illustrations all…

Classroom reading program to share multicultural books.

Spanish Playground will be co-hosting Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016. I am honored to support this celebration of diversity in…

Spanish Halloween songs, books and activities for kids.

Kids love Halloween! The costumes, the ritual of trick or treating with friends and family, the spookiness, and, of course…

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations is a wonderful collection of poems in Spanish and English for kids ages 4-12.

I recently wrote about The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations published by Pomelo Books. This wonderful collection has 156 poems…

Spanish poems for kids in a wonderful anthology by Pomelo Books.

One of the biggest challenges elementary and middle-school Spanish teachers face is finding quality content at the right level. Pomelo…

Raising bilingual children with strategies from Christine Jernigan.

Family Language Learning: Learn Another Language, Raise Bilingual Children by Christine Jernigan is a practical guide to raising children with…

Candlewick Press publishes Spanish and bilingual books for kids.

One of the best ways to find quality children’s books in Spanish is to search online stores by publisher. Candlewick…

Tristán Lobo by Mariana Llanos is an entertaining story with a clever twist.

Tristán Lobo, by Mariana Llanos, is a captivating story with a very clever twist. For native speakers or children learning…

Spanish picture books teach children vocabulary and content.

When I was teaching my kids Spanish as they were growing up, I searched constantly for quality books. We spent…

Spanish reading program for K-6 has many effective activities for language learners.

Various publishers have wonderful support materials for their Spanish texts online. These materials include printable activities and online games and…

Middle-grade novel explores the challenges facing children of parents without documents.

The Pew Research Center reports that in 2010, there were 4.5 million U.S.-born children whose parents were unauthorized immigrants. The…

Delia Berlin has written an engaging Spanish story about eating well and staying healthy.

The charming new Spanish-language picture book by Delia Berlin, Dieta de Lunares, reminds children of the importance of eating well…

Rainforest activities for children learning Spanish teach language, culture and geography.

There are tropical forests in many Spanish-speaking countries. As kids learn about the rainforest, they explore geography and culture, as…

Preschool Spanish songs, fingerplays, games and books for learning about mice.

I recently finished a preschool Spanish unit on mice. We had fun singing lots of Spanish mouse songs. We also…

Elementary Spanish curriculum from Languages4Kidz includes lesson plans and picture books.

Languages4Kidz publishes curricula and children’s books for both elementary Spanish and English learners. I am excited about their elementary Spanish…

Children learn about cultures and countries through multicultural books for kids.

I am sharing Finding the Music/En Pos de la música as a part of the Read Around the World Summer…

BookBox creates online stories to teach children languages and support global literacy.

BookBox creates animated books with Same Language Subtitling (SLS) to support reading and literacy development around the world. Language learners…

Spanish beach activities for kids including songs, yoga, video and more.

Summer means water play for kids. It’s a great time for language play too. Spanish beach and water activities can…

Spanish nutrition in picture books and activities for kids.

There are lots of excellent Spanish nutrition and health materials for kids. Many of these are available free and are…

A picture book by Mariana Llanos to help kids talk about emotions in Spanish.

Do you talk about emotions in Spanish with kids? Be sure to take a look at the picture book Mara…

Spanish stories for bedtime help children establish a healthy bedtime routine.

The idea behind these Spanish stories is so clever! They are bedtime stories that ask kids to participate by drinking…

Mexican culture comes alive through these lucha libre resources.

Are you looking for a fun end of the school year lesson? Would you like to share another aspect of…

Latino picture books share culture and language with children.

Finding the Music / En pos de la música is a wonderful new bilingual book by Jennifer Torres. Published by…

Free Spanish activity book from the EPA helps children learn to protect the planet.

Earth Day, El día de la Tierra, is April 22. Children will be hearing and thinking about how to care…

Earth Day in Spanish teaches kids vocabulary about animals and the planet.

Earth Day in Spanish is Día de la Tierra. It is celebrated all over the world on April 22. Earth…

Active Spanish games and songs for language learners.

It is spring! The activities below get kids moving as they teach language about the season. These suggestions for active…

Cuban culture in a picture book and recipe from All Done Monkey.

I’m happy to be participating in the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop and bringing you a picture book and recipe…

Easy Spanish stories introduce children to spring vocabulary.

Spring is on its way! These two easy Spanish stories, in different formats, make it easy to talk about spring…

Yoga story in Spanish teaches children that happiness comes from within.

Spanish is tons of fun, but children can learn more than language as they read, sing and play. Kids are…

A Spanish workbook for early readers.

This free Spanish workbook has exercises for children learning to read. It can be a useful supplement for early readers…

A Spanish story for kids about being different and respecting individuality.

Delia Berlin writes dual language books for children. Her new Spanish story, Welcome the Weirds/ Bienvenidas las Raras has just…

Spanish stories online created by Imactiva with a variety of reading activities.

Imactiva is an education technology company that works with the Chilean government, publishers and companies to develop education software. They…

Online Spanish stories for pre-readers, Spanish learners and children with special needs.

Aprendices Visuales creates online Spanish stories supported by pictograms. In the description of the project, the creators explain that the…

Bilingual picture books about natural resources and our connection to the Earth.

Lee & Low recently sent me their two new bilingual picture books. These beautiful books celebrate the Earth and its…

Resources for telling the Christmas story in Spanish with children.

These five easy-to-do activities center around telling the Christmas story in Spanish. Language and culture are inseparable. The Catholic church…

Five spanish gifts for kids.

This post has been update for 2015. Find the new gift guide here. This time of year lots of parents…

A book about Peru for kids.

Award-winning author Carole Roman has written a series of picture books to introduce young children to different countries and cultures…

Spanish Thanksgiving activities that include nature vocabulary.

It is easy to tie almost any vocabulary into Thanksgiving activities. After all, we are thankful for family, food, community…

Thanksgiving activities for kids like this gratitude game can also be an excellent source of language.

Journey to the Gratitude Garden or Viaje al jardín de la gratitud is without a doubt one of the best…

Spanish chapter books for language learners from Open Road Español

Enter the giveaway below and win one of the Boxcar Children ebooks! We all know that choosing books in Spanish…

Resources for learning about the planets in Spanish

Learning about the planets in Spanish, kids draw on information they already know. They learn the basic facts of the…

Spanish ebooks for kids published by Open Road Español.

We do not usually think about connecting with the publishers of the books we read. Instead, we tend to think…

Bilingual children's books in English and Spanish for language learners.

One of my favorite parts of writing Spanish Playground is discovering new authors. This week I have had the opportunity…

A collection of Spanish poems for kids from All Bilingual Press.

Award-winning author Rita Wirkala recently sent me two wonderful collections of her Spanish poems for kids. Mis primeros poemas and…

Multicultural books for children from Libros Arellano.

I am sharing Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra as a part of the Read Around the World Summer…

Find children's books in Spanish by searching publishers.

Finding quality children’s books in Spanish is a challenge. Searching online stores can be frustrating because often the books are…

A Spanish story that incorporates yoga for kids.

Are you looking for fun activities for the first week of school or a new morning routine for class or…

Apps for kids for reading in Spanish on the iPad and iPhone.

Finding quality Spanish language applications for the iPad and iPhone can be a challenge. This is partly because the iTunes…

Bilingual books by Delia Berlin are an excellent choice for kids learning Spanish.

Delia Berlin is a children’s author from Argentina. Now living in the US, she has written two enchanting bilingual books…

A book celebrating the uniqueness of multicultural kids.

I am sharing Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina as a part of the Read Around the World Summer…

A flip book in Spanish to teach children the verb ver.

The verb forms ves and veo are some of the first ones I teach my students. Ver is high-frequency vocabulary…