Category: Reading

These me gusta activities use food vocabulary in communicative interactions for Spanish learners.

We use the verb gustar and food words together all the time, so it makes sense to learn them together…

A selection of Monarch butterfly activities including a printable minibook in Spanish and English.

The Monarch butterfly life cycle and the migration to Mexico make excellent themes for Spanish learning. Talking about Monarchs, kids…

This Spanish question game can be adapted for all levels and topics.

When I am working in Latin America, I keep my eyes open for authentic games I can use in my…

Cuban history for kids comes alive in this bilingual biography of José Martí.

Martí’s Song for Freedom/ Martí y sus versos por la libertad is a new bilingual picture book from Lee & Low…

Sycretic Press is a Spanish Publisher in the U.S. offering beautiful books for children learning Spanish.

Syncretic Press is an independent Spanish publisher in the U.S..  They are partnering with authors and illustrators around the world…

Use these monthy calendar activities to teach children the Spanish days of the week.

Many teachers see students only once or twice a week, and talking about the Spanish days of the week in…

Ten elementary Spanish books introduce vocabulary related to themes.

If you teach Spanish to elementary students, you will love these books. Language Together publishes picture books specifically written to…

Author Mariana Llanos engages language learners in authentic communication as a Skype guest speaker in Spanish class.

A guest speaker is a fabulous way for students to hear and use Spanish. Now, it is easier than ever…

Stories by Gus on the Go is a Spanish app for kids that creates comprehensible input to teach language.

Stories by Gus on the Go is a free Spanish app for kids that carefully creates and delivers comprehensible input…

Create comprehensibe input using this Spanish story with cutouts.

Un picnic en el bosque is a Spanish story with cutouts of the characters.  The story is about 3 children…

Pictures and simple descriptions for elemenary Spanish reading practice.

You can use this elementary Spanish reading activity in different ways. The printable pages have 10 picture cards of children…

This series of Spanish-English board books by Leslie Patricelli has excellent language for Spanish learners.

Have you ever read a child a Spanish book that is just too hard? It isn’t fun for the child…

These culture activities for Spanish class center on the art of the arpillera.

Mundo de Pepita created these culture activities for Spanish class to introduce children to the art of the arpillera. I…

These four Spanish yoga books feature yoga poses based on the seasons.

Spanish yoga books are a wonderful addition to a classroom or home library. Nothing is more natural for children than…

This printable Spanish book about summer has short senteces and common verbs.

As part of our Summer Spanish Read and Play program, Fun for Spanish Teachers is sharing a printable Spanish book…

Latino picture books are a valuable source of culture and language for children learning Spanish.

Latino picture books play an important role in sharing language and culture with children. A story can convey the strength…

A Spanish gratitude journal based on books teaches language and appreciation.

I try to find ways to connect kids with what they read and make Spanish relevant. The more they use…

Children practice langauge skills as they do this Spanish reading challenge.

This bingo-card style reading challenge encourages children to read in Spanish. They read at different times during the day and…

Spanish words for daily life with printable activities

Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer is wonderful book for any child, but is especially appropriate for Spanish learners. Through the…

Easy Spanish books PDF use simple sentences and common vocabulary for Spanish learners.

Finding easy Spanish books has been one of my biggest challenges for years. Below, I’m sharing five easy Spanish books…

I like activity calendars because I always appreciate a list of suggestions and new ideas. It is like making dinner;…

Spanish reading logs motivate children learning Spanish to keep up reading skills during the summer.

At Spanish Playground, we want kids to read and enjoy reading. So, to motivate kids to read more, we have…

Children practice letter and syllable sounds with these games using Spanish Bananagrams.

Spanish Bananagrams is my family’s favorite word game. We’ve played since my children were little, and it is always a…

An online Spanish summer program to encourage children to read and play in Spanish.

We’re excited to kick off our Summer Spanish Read and Play Program 2017! Parents and teachers, we hope you will…

This collection of Spanish poetry for elementary students includes poems that span a range of reading levels.

Mariana Llanos has just released Poesía Alada, a book of poetry and art for children. The release coincides with the…

Scholastic's Spanish weekly reader has readings and activities for Spanish language learners.

You are probably familiar with Scholastic’s Weekly Reader, but did you know that they publish a Spanish Weekly Reader for…

Spanish word-building game to practice spring vocabulary.

Working with syllables is a good way to practice vocabulary. I do a variety of word-building activities where students fill…

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 wrapping up our Summer Spanish Read and Play program. Over 5,000 children participated…

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 share progress sheets, or reading logs. Many kids enjoy making a…

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.

Learning about trees is an important part of learning about the environment and caring for the planet. With these stories…