Category: Reading

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…

Peru facts for kids in a reading and crossword puzzle.

It is important to introduce children to different Spanish-speaking countries. These Peru facts and crossword puzzles are a good place…

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…

These Spanish poems about fall teach seasonal vocabulary.

Douglas Wright,  a well-known author and illustrator from Argentina, wrote these two Spanish poems about fall. In addition to his…

Speaking activity for children to learn Spanish using a photograph.

Use this photograph of a dog drinking water to help your child learn Spanish. The questions that follow, like all…

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 comprehension actvities based on basic math skills for language learners.

Math problems are excellent reading comprehension practice. Proble+ (pronounced proble-mas) are engaging online games that combine Spanish reading comprehension and…

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…

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…

Talking to animals in Spanish is good language practice for kids.

Talking to animals in Spanish can help children learn language. You can enlist the help of animal friends in several…

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 reading comprehension games for kids to match sentences to pictures.

Are you looking for online Spanish activities to do with kids this summer? Genmagic is a portal for making web-based…

These fun game apps can also be played in Spanish.

Are your kids playing game apps in Spanish? Of course, there are lots of educational apps, but there are also…

Lil' Libros publishes bilingual books for babies and toddlers.

It’s never too early to start a second language. That is one of the many reasons the bilingual board books…

Spanish summer activities for kids like nature walks and traditional games keep them learning Spanish during vacation.

It’s almost here! Summer means a change of routine for most families. It can be a challenge at times, but…

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…

Spanish graphic organizers help kids master vocabulary.

Graphic organizers in Spanish are organizadores visuales or organizadores gráficos. Graphic organizers  are an wonderful tool to use with all…

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…

Spanish learning games with questions make language fun.

I play lots of different kinds of Spanish learning games with students. Some of their favorites are quiz-type games, so…

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…

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

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a perfect occasion for kids to share Spanish poems.

This year, we celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. It is part of National Poetry Month and…

Short Spanish poems by Douglas Wright about spring.

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these short Spanish poems about spring. They are by Douglas Wright, a well-known…

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…

Poems in Spanish and activities for sharing them with children.

April is National Poetry Month. Poems in Spanish are a wonderful way for children to hear the rhythm and sounds…

Spanish conversation questions to use with kids at Easter.

Enjoying the company of friends and family is the best part of a holiday. If you are celebrating Easter or…

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…

Pattern games for kids learning Spanish.

Sequences, or patterns, of objects or shapes are a simple, fun task that can be done on paper or with…

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…

Simple Spanish questions for games with kids.

You can use these simple Spanish questions for all kinds of games and activities. They work for quiz games or…

Spanish syllables in a fun clapping game for kids.

Rhythm and word stress are an important part of correct pronunciation. I do lots of clapping and jumping games with…

Hands-on Spanish games using stick bombs teach children vocabulary.

I’m always looking for hands-on Spanish games. The more kids physically interact with words by moving them and ordering them…

A printable list of Spanish rhymes for kids to greet each other and use when playing.

My students have lots of fun playing and experimenting with rhyme. Spanish rhymes are easy to make and recognize, partly…

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…

Printable pages for kids to practice Spanish color words.

Spanish color words are some of the first vocabulary children learn. I introduce colors in context, with other words, so…

Spanish questions for kids to use in games and activities with language learners.

Let’s start 2015 with a new set of Spanish questions to use with language learners. I use these questions for…

Teaching kindness and kind language is important for kids learning Spanish.

A big part of teaching kindness to children is teaching them the power of language to help and hurt others…

Four printable Spanish logic puzzles for kids.

Logic puzzles for kids are excellent reading practice in Spanish. They often include information to establish a context, almost like…

Short spanish poems about fall to read with children.

These  five short Spanish poems are by Douglas Wright, a well-known children’s poet and illustrator from Argentina. He writes some…

A Spanish Halloween activity where kids draw based on a description they read.

This Spanish Halloween printable is fun, effective vocabulary practice. Drawing activities like this are great for practicing reading or listening…

10 Spanish Halloween jokes for kids.

Jokes in Spanish are a fun way of practicing vocabulary, listening and speaking skills with kids learning Spanish. Below are…

A Spanish vocabulary practice activity based on adding details to a drawing.

Drawing can be used for all kinds of Spanish vocabulary practice. In this printable activity, kids read short descriptions and…

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…

Kids learn the Spanish days of the week and food vocabulary from these meal charts.

These printable charts from Nourish Interactive are designed to help kids establish healthy eating habits. They are also an excellent…

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…

Spanish vocabulary games for kids using drawings of stick figures.

Stick figures can be used for lots of Spanish vocabulary games. For example, in the printable I have included, kids…

activities for Spanish learners

It’s time for the Friday Five! These five activities are easy to do with kids learning Spanish and take little…

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…

Short printable poems using Spanish color words for kids learning the language.

I wrote these simple rhymes with Spanish color words for my youngest learners. I mostly teach colors in the context…

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…