Category: Books and Stories

Use these Spanish stories with limited vocabulary with beginners.

Spanish learners need to hear language  in context, and everyone loves an entertaining story. With that in mind, we created…

Use these two Day of the Dead readings for Spanish students to introduce them to the traditions of Mexico.

Are you looking for a Day of the Dead reading for Spanish students? If so, check out these two readings…

Spanish song books with music kids can hear by pressing a button make language learning easy.

I recently discovered Lufi & Friends Spanish song books with built-in music, and they are fabulous! Children can push a…

The Baby Loves Science books in Spanish teach basic concepts and essential science vocabulary.

I have a hard time finding Spanish picture books that deal with science concepts, so I was thrilled to discover…

This Día de los Muertos story is titled Las mariposas vienen de visita.

I’m in Mexico right now making educational videos. Everywhere there are signs that Día de los Muertos will be here…

Spanish reading texts for beginning learners.

We know that language learning depends on comprehensible input through reading and listening. So, why not incorporate both kinds of…

Spanish books for beginners include TPRS novels, early readers and ebooks in PDF.

Reading is one of the best ways to learn a language, and Spanish books for beginners are an important part…

Use these 50 book activities in Spanish to engage langauge learners.

We read to kids a lot, and we want to engage then with the stories and language in books. I’ve…

Activity calendars in Spanish at two levels to practice language skills.

Today we are sharing our July 2019 activity calendars in Spanish. We also have some wonderful news. This weekend, we…

Spanish reading challenges engage kids with books during the summer months.

Spanish reading challenges and progress sheets encourage children to read during the summer months. For many kids, they are a…

Use this summer activity calendar for 2019 to engage kids with Spanish.

Summer activity calendars let kids discover something new each day. Spanish calendars also divide language learning into manageable bites, so…

Spanish readers tell compelling stories with high-frequency language.

Comprehensible input Spanish readers are a game changer in the classroom. Leveled readers in Spanish tell captivating stories and incorporate…

These diverse books from middle school introduce students to latino culture.

Authors and publishers are responding to the need for diverse books for middle school. Consequently, there are wonderful new multicultural…

This biography in Spanish of Sor Juana Inés introduces children to Mexican culture.

I’m always happy to find a good biography in Spanish because these books are a wonderful way to share culture…

These bilingual color books are sturdy board books for little hands.

Board books are an important part of children’s first experiences with reading, so I choose them carefully. For example, these…

Spanish ebooks based on the Buena Gente video series.

Spanish learners need to hear lots of comprehensible language and then read texts with the same target structures. Below you…

The Day of the Dead is a rich, complex tradition. That’s why one of the best ways to share it…

Use Spanish sentence strips to make minibooks for language learning.

I use Spanish sentences strips or fluency strips with my beginning readers. I relate the sentences to a picture and…

Celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019 with these events.

Welcome to Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019! MCBD raises awareness for kid’s books that celebrate diversity. The event also gets…

A Gift from Abuela is set in Mexico City and shares culture and a positive message with children.

As a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019, I’m happy to share A Gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz…

Use this collection of free printable Spanish books for kids in the classroom or at home.

Reading is so important for building Spanish language skills! I love to read picture books and early readers with my…

Voces Sin Fronteras tells true immigation stories in English and Spanish bilingual comics.

As Spanish teachers, we work to introduce our students to the cultures and realities of Spanish-speaking countries, including the United…

These free Spanish PDF books for kids use simple sentences and common vocabulary.

Many of my students are novice learners, so I need Spanish books for beginners. Of course, we read picture books…

Use this Spanish story for beginners PDF to engage kids with everyday vocabulary.

This is more than a story to read or listen to. We want kids to participate as much as possible…

A Spanish picture-based reading and questions to use as a la casa vocabulary activity with elementary Spanish learners.

Cats know how to use a space, and they put a fun spin on learning house vocabulary in Spanish.  This…

Teacher and parents can use these Spanish book lists for kids to find new books.

This is a list of Spanish book lists for kids. A list of lists? That’s right! Evaluating books online is…

When kids finish a book they color a book on this Spanish reading progress sheet.

We want all kids to enjoy reading, or having someone read to them. Many children like to keep track of…

Try Spanish reading, art activities, games and songs in a summer activity calendar 2018.

Summer activity calendars are fun because there is something new to discover each day. They also divide Spanish learning into…

Songs, printables activities, poems, stories and outdoor games are all Spanish spring activities that engage children with new vocabulary.

Spring is a wonderful season to learn new Spanish words, because Spanish spring activities include vocabulary associated with weather, plants…

Latino leaders come to life in biographies by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is an award-winning author of children’s books. She is originally from Puerto Rico, and her works include…

Spanish books for beginning readers exposue them to new vocabulary and build reading skills.

Lulu Delacre has added another title to her series of Spanish books for beginning readers. Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas!, and…

Diverse books reflect and honor the culture and language of Spanish speakers.

Books that reflect the diversity of human experience around the globe are the future of children’s literature. Today, however, we…

Cinco Books offers authentic language Spanish books for schools and families.

Cinco Books is making fabulous children’s titles from Spanish-speaking countries available in the United States. At Spanish Playground, we believe…

A collection of Spanish langauge gifts for children and teachers.

Spanish language gifts keep kids excited about learning. New books, games, music and toys are motivational, and they are also…

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…

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…

These resources for learning about water in Spanish are perfect for elementary school age students.

Water has shaped history, and it will determine our future. So, use these resources for learning about water in Spanish.

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 printable Spanish story with cutouts of the characters.  The story is about 3…

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…

Children learn language and culture from Spanish nursery rhyme books.

There is a rich tradition of nursery rhymes and children’s songs in Spanish. My children grew up singing them, and…

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…

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…

A book on raising bilingual children with how-to information and valuable perspective.

Not long after I started Spanish Playground, Adam Beck began writing his blog Bilingual Monkeys. As I read his early…

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…

A list of top Spanish TpT stores with free activities from the teachers.

Teaching Spanish is rewarding, but it also takes a steady investment of time and energy. I hope this list of…