Category: Reading

Reading to bilingual kids presents challenges like finding books and engaging kids with the text.

I’m happy to be part of a global group of bloggers writing about the A to Z’s of raising bilingual…

This Spanish syllable counting activity uses words related to Valentine's Day.

I made this Spanish syllable counting activity for Valentine’s Day, because I wanted an easy, quick way to practice pronouncing…

Issuu has a large selection of free Spanish readers and activity books.

Issuu is a digital publishing platform with many resources in Spanish. You can read the publications online and a large…

Rainbow Weaver is a bilingual picture book that intrduces children to the culture and art of the Mayan people.

Publisher Lee & Low has another wonderful bilingual picture books to share with children learning Spanish. Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris…

Mutlicultural Children's Book Day shares diversity resources for parents and teachers.

Welcome to our 4th Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Spanish Playground is honored to once again be a co-host for this…

This series of multicultural chapter books features a Dominican American protagonist.

Big News! Emma is on the Air is the first of a series of multicultural chapter books for grades 2-3…

Pictoline makes Spanish infographics that teachers can incorporate into their classes.

Pictoline has an excellent selection of Spanish infographics. This Mexican-based news outlet presents information with engaging visual design and concise language…

This picture book featuring Spanish tongue twisters is an excellent resource for language learners.

Are you looking for an excellent collection of Spanish tongue twisters for children? In his picture book El torneo de…

Pepito jokes are fun and effective for learning Spanish.

Jokes are a fun way to share language with kids learning Spanish, and Pepito jokes are probably the best known…

Use this Spanish Christmas countdown as a fun language activity in December.

Families count the days to Christmas in dozens of creative ways, from unwrapping Christmas books to doing Christmas activities. In…

LEGO challenge cards in Spanish are an engaging reading task for kids learning the language.

LEGO bricks are an amazingly versatile and entertaining toy. They appeal to a wide range of ages, and teachers successfully…

Kids learn kind words in Spanish with sorting activities, proverbs, coloring pages and a happiness project.

An important aspect of learning to be kind is understanding the power of language to help and hurt others. Spanish…

Use these Spanish task cards to reinforce and practice animal vocabulary.

Task cards are a set of cards with a single question for students to answer on each card. Spanish task…

Kids read Spanish comics to develop vocabulary and literacy skills.

Aren’t comics cool? They use interesting characters, action, and graphics to make the story come alive. Spanish comics make excellent…

Photos for Spanish class like the picture of Oaxaca Mexico bring culture into the classroom.

Photos can help children learn about the world and learn language.  I’ve been teaching a long time, and for most…

These bilingual books are a good choice for toddlers learning Spanish and English.

Millie va al espacio/Millie goes to space and Millie hace un nuevo amigo/Millie makes a new friend are bilingual books…

Use these Marisol McDonald and the Monster Spanish activities with language learners to make the most of this wonderful picture book by Monica Brown.

Monica Brown’s latest bilingual book featuring Marisol McDonald will delight children and bring a chorus of thanks from teachers and…

These Spanish read aloud books have common vocabuary to aid language learning.

Reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to expose them to Spanish. Illustrations and the context of…

A free Spanish story PDF with cutouts for retelling helps children learn language.

Today we are sharing a wonderful Spanish story PDF and a set of cut outs for telling the story.  This…

A summer reading certificate celebrates the effort kids put into reading in Spanish.

Summer is winding down, and we are starting to think about school again. Almost 4,000 kids participated in the Spanish…

These printable Spanish bookmarks encourage kids to read in their second language.

These printable Spanish bookmarks let everyone know that reading is worth celebrating. They also remind kids to read more. The…

These five free Spanish iBooks give kids a range of reading experiences.

Are you are looking for Spanish reading for the kids to take on vacation? Or hoping to expose them to…

Resources for teaching kids Spanish city vocabulary with videos, photos, songs and games.

Teaching about our communities can include a wide range of language. For example, we often teach Spanish city vocabulary with…

Parents can use these strategies to help children learning to read in Spanish.

Frequently parents ask me how to help their children who are learning to read in Spanish. They wonder what to…

These 15 types of texts give children Spanish reading practice with different vocabulary and formats.

Reading different kinds of text in Spanish helps kids develop vocabulary and understand the different ways we use language.  The…

A variety of ways that kids can learn language with Spanish song lyrics.

Kids can build reading fluency, learn vocabulary and become familiar with many grammar structures by reading Spanish song lyrics. Like…

These tips will help parents who are motivating kids to read to keep up Spanish skills.

As part of the Spanish summer reading program, we are sharing a new progress sheet, or reading log. Many kids…

Kids learn more words by learning Spanish vocabulary used in more than one context.

As kids are learning Spanish vocabulary, I point out different contexts where we use the same word. Introducing additional contexts…

Readings with armadillo facts and stories with armadillos for kids learning Spanish.

Armadillos live throughout Latin America and often appear in traditional stories and songs. Below, you will find a printable reading…

These books for Spanish learners create comprehensible input using colors.

Language Together publishes books for Spanish learners. These fun little books come in sets and are excellent for emerging readers…

Six reading games to help kids learn vocabulary and develop reading skills.

Playing reading games encourages kids to use Spanish and think about what they have read. These 6 games are easy…

The short poem La ardilla by Amado Nervo has easy vocabulary for kids learning Spanish.

The short poem La ardilla is by the Mexican poet Amado Nervo. It is a fun poem to share with…

Readings about trees in Spanish with activities for kids to practice vocabulary.

In the last few weeks, Wisconsin has turned green, and the trees are full of birds and nests. With these…

Read in Spanish and then share the story using these ideas.

When children tell someone about a story, describe a character, or say why they like a book, it helps them…

Parents can use these 15 easy activities to help kids reading in Spanish engage with books.

It is important for kids reading in Spanish to have fun. We also want them to engage with the language…

These two Spanish poems for summer nights help children learn the rhythm and sound of the language.

Douglas Wright writes short poems for children. Many of them are at a perfect level for language learners. His poetry…

The Spanish summer reading program 2016 encourages kids to read and keep up their language skills.

We’re excited to kick off our Spanish Summer Reading Program 2016! Parents and teachers, we hope you will join us…

Bilingual board books are an excellent way to introduce toddlers to Spanish.

Board books are the best way to get little hands holding books. With focused text and illustrations that support the…

Sentence building in Spanish kids learn vocabulary and grammar with engaging activities.

Sentence building in Spanish is helpful for kids who are learning to read and also for second language learners as…

A Spanish alphabet book that introduces children to the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Lee & Low Books publishes bilingual and Spanish-language children’s books rich in culture and content. Now, new books by Lulu…

Spanish early reader books help children build vocabulary and reading skills.

I am so excited that Lee & Low is now publishing Lulu Delacre’s Spanish early reader books Rafi y Rosi…

The summer reading program in Spanish is designed to strengthen language skills in native speakers and Spanish learners.

This year, Spanish Playground will host its first summer reading program to encourage and support reading and language activities in…

Kids learn family members in Spanish with these activities using family trees.

Making a family tree is a common activity in language classes. Kids label their family members in Spanish. Teachers ask…

This Spanish guessing game teaches vocabulary and letter sounds.

This Spanish guessing game teaches letter sounds, vocabulary and pronunciation. The idea for the game came out of moment of…

Secret messages and codes are fun language activities for kids learning Spanish

As teachers and parents, we want kids to read and write as much Spanish as possible. Like all teachers, I…

An printable activity using Spanish candy hearts to teach kids language.

I love how much language is a part of Valentine’s Day. Spanish candy hearts are one great example. I made…

Kids learn Spanish places vocabulary with a children's book and writing activity.

The Place Where You Live /  El lugar donde vives is a beautiful bilingual book about places and how we…

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…

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…

Students learn Spanish language and culture with these activities from Editorial Miraflores.

I am so happy to be able to share a resource for teaching language through cultural content to upper elementary…

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…

Easy Spanish reading activity based on adding details to a picture of a snowman.

Drawing can be combined with easy Spanish reading for a fun comprehension activity. In this printable activity, kids do an…

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…

Spanish syllables are fun and easy for kids to practice with these printable wheels.

I like to use hands-on activities for kids to practice Spanish syllables. I recently made this wheel and wanted to…

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…

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…

Spanish sayings with printable matching cards to teach language.

Popular refrains and proverbs are a part of daily life in Spanish-speaking homes. Spanish sayings put everyday events into a…